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ERIC Number: EJ1114097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0569
Mathematics Teachers' Visualization of Complex Number Multiplication and the Roots of Unity in a Dynamic Geometry Environment
Caglayan, Gunhan
Computers in the Schools, v33 n3 p187-209 2016
This qualitative research, drawing on the theoretical frameworks by Even (1990, 1993) and Sfard (2007), investigated five high school mathematics teachers' geometric interpretations of complex number multiplication along with the roots of unity. The main finding was that mathematics teachers constructed the modulus, the argument, and the conjugate of a complex number along with the roots of unity through a series of discursive transformations without specifying the common terminology. While teachers exhibited a variety of visualizations, each founded in a diversity of approaches on the dynamic geometry software, writing mathematical expressions and equations proved challenging. Construction of roots of unity required teachers' mathematical proficiency--in particular, strategic competence in simultaneously coordinating various interpretations of complex numbers, and representational fluency in analytic geometrical and transformational reasoning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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