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ERIC Number: EJ831747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Khayyam with Cabri: Experiences of Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers with Khayyam's Solution of Cubic Equations in Dynamic Geometry Environment
Baki, Adnan; Guven, Bulent
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v28 n1 p1-9 Mar 2009
The study reported in this article deals with the observed actions of Turkish pre-service mathematics teachers in dynamic geometry environment (DGE) as they were learning Khayyam's method for solving cubic equations formed as x[superscript 3] + ax = b. Having learned the method, modelled it in DGE and verified the correctness of the solution, students generated their own methods for solving different types of cubic equations such as x[superscript 3] + ax[superscript 2] = b and x[superscript 3] + a = bx in the light of Khayyam's method. With the presented teaching experiment, students realized that Khayyam's mathematics is different from theirs. We consider that this gave them an opportunity to have an insight about the cultural and social aspects of mathematics. In addition, the teaching experiment showed that dynamic geometry software is an excellent tool for doing mathematics because of their dynamic nature and accurate constructions. And, it can be easily concluded that the history of mathematics is useful resource for enriching mathematics learning environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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