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ERIC Number: EJ818770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Using Spreadsheets to Make Algebra More Accessible. Part 1: Equations and Functions
Green, John
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v64 n4 p7-11 2008
Some might argue that the true ability to think, perceive, and analyse mathematically is the ability to solve problems. Others might say that it has more to do with advanced applications of procedures in particular contexts. The author would like to put a slightly different spin on this by viewing it, at least partly, in terms of one's ability to use understanding in one concept to bridge understanding into another. The making of such connections will help to make the teaching and learning of mathematics more interesting and more attainable, especially for those who might struggle with the discipline. This article is the first in a series of two papers that attempts to address such an idea. The aim of these articles is to give teachers some practical, spreadsheet-based ideas for helping students make appropriate connections between particular algebraic concepts, in order to understand, through a contemporary context, some of the processes by which mathematics develops. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A