2K Math textbooks will have an additional 60% of the content on the subject, up from 30% in the current edition of the textbook, the company announced.
The new content includes more of the kind of mathematical thinking that students will be required to learn in college, according to the company.
It will also include a new chapter called “Exercises for Teaching,” where students will learn how to solve problems using exercises from the popular video game Portal.
The goal is to help students get better at solving math problems, said Paul Krumholz, the publisher of the book.
“We want to teach people math as much as possible, and the new math content is designed to do just that.”
The new math chapters will also expand on previous content on “Applied Mathematics,” “Mathematical Logic” and “The Elements of Algebra,” Krumsel said.
Math content on both the current and upcoming books will also be based on the principles of quantum mechanics, and Krumfeld said the company will add “theoretical foundations” to the math content.
Krumwaldt said the new content will be a “game changer” for students in the area of mathematical literacy.
“It’s going to help with a lot of problems in college,” he said.
The math content also will introduce new topics like calculus, calculus and applied mathematics, Krumington said.
For instance, the new chapter on calculus and quantum mechanics will focus on the “dynamics of quantum systems” rather than on the concepts of probability, he said, which will be more helpful to students who are trying to master calculus.
The MathWorks team also said it will work with students and colleges to “help them improve their understanding of math, which is key for students and employers alike.”
The company’s announcement came a day after MIT’s math textbook team published a report on the state of math education in the United States.
The report found that math teachers have the lowest percentage of students in their classes who have the ability to solve problem-solving problems, the lowest overall student test scores, and a high rate of dropout rates.
It also noted that students from the lowest-income families and those with disabilities are disproportionately represented in math class.
The team said that math instruction has historically been poorly funded and that the problem has been exacerbated by budget cuts and state budget crises.
“The problem is that many schools do not have the funding to keep up with the needs of students and that in many cases students are not getting the resources they need to succeed,” said the report, which was released in November.
“In fact, there is growing evidence that math has become an increasingly important part of American education and that this issue is a growing problem for educators across the country.”