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ERIC Number: EJ970694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-19
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Teaching a New Method of Partial Fraction Decomposition to Senior Secondary Students: Results and Analysis from a Pilot Study
Man, Yiu-Kwong; Leung, Allen
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Apr 2012
In this paper, we introduce a new approach to compute the partial fraction decompositions of rational functions and describe the results of its trials at three secondary schools in Hong Kong. The data were collected via quizzes, questionnaire and interviews. In general, according to the responses from the teachers and students concerned, this new approach has potential to be introduced at the senior secondary level, as an alternative to the method of undetermined coefficients described in common secondary mathematics textbooks. Some remarks on the related pedagogical issues are included. (Contains 11 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong