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ERIC Number: EJ1163281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0819-4564
Using Linear and Quadratic Functions to Teach Number Patterns in Secondary School
Kenan, Kok Xiao-Feng
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v31 n2 p42-52 2017
This paper outlines an approach to definitively find the general term in a number pattern, of either a linear or quadratic form, by using the general equation of a linear or quadratic function. This approach is governed by four principles: (1) identifying the position of the term (input) and the term itself (output); (2) recognising that each corresponding input and output form points on a straight line or quadratic curve; (3) identifying the nature of the number pattern; and (4) using the general equation of a straight line (y = mx + c) or quadratic curve (y = ax[superscript 2] + bx + c) to represent the general term. Implications for teaching and learning are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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