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ERIC Number: EJ867344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0819-4564
Introducing Complex Numbers
Trudgian, Timothy
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v23 n2 p59-62 2009
One of the difficulties in any teaching of mathematics is to bridge the divide between the abstract and the intuitive. Throughout school one encounters increasingly abstract notions, which are more and more difficult to relate to everyday experiences. This article examines a familiar approach to thinking about negative numbers, that is an intuitive approach with the aid of the number line. This article also presents a less complicated approach that is by extension to the number compass. An analogy used to introduce complex numbers in more or less the same way is presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia