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ERIC Number: EJ1179013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Factoring for Roots
Clinch, Adam
Mathematics Teacher, v111 n7 p528-534 May 2018
One of the foundational topics in first-year algebra concerns the concept of factoring. This article discusses an alternative strategy for factoring quadratics of the form ax[superscript 2] + bx + c, known as "factoring for roots." This strategy enables students to extend the knowledge they used when the leading coefficient was 1 and explain the steps they are taking in solving. The technique of factoring for roots ties procedural fluency and conceptual understanding together in such a way that students find the factoring for roots method useful and enlightening. Many other current strategies fail in both these endeavors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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