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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 12
In this series, we’ve been looking at operators as something that takes an input and turns it into an output, and we’ve been looking at chains of such operators, which we’ve called trains. In the last post, we posed the … Continue reading
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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 11
In the prior post of this series, we looked at pairs of operators in which one of the pair cancels out the effect of the other. We call one of these the inverse operator of the other one. For example, … Continue reading
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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 10
In the prior post in this series, we looked at chains of operators for which the net effect was to do nothing. We started by comparing the picture on the left with the picture on the right, below, and noticing … Continue reading
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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 9
In the last few sessions in this series we’ve looked at operators that do things like “add 2” or “multiply by 3” or “divide by 10”. Each of these operators takes a number as its input and produces a number … Continue reading
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Operators, Functions, and Properties: The Series
This series of posts introduces the notion of an operator as something that changes the state of some machine or device. Often, an operator is invoked at the press of a button. A special case of an operator is one … Continue reading
Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 8
In the prior post, I played with putting together little boxes that perform actions on numbers coming in – simple actions like adding two – and reported on an experiment with seventh graders to find equivalent boxes. I’m going to … Continue reading
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