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Mathematical Notations and Schools – 15

“Scientific Notation” – Variants on the Standard In this series, we’ve done a review of mathematical notation, with an eye on how each notation helps or hinders student learning. In the prior posts, we started to explore function notation, and … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 42

In this series, we’ve been looking at black boxes, where you put something in and something comes out.  From looking at its behavior, you can often propose a model for what is happening inside.  If you build the model, and … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 41

In this series, we’ve pictured operators as black boxes with inputs and outputs.  In the previous post we looked at rather ordinary addition from a less ordinary perspective: we imagined the number line arranged as a cylindrical spiral, like a … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 39

In this series, we’ve been looking at operators in various settings, and looked for ways to use them to shine a different colored light on some aspects school math.  In the last four posts, we’ve explored the notions of equivalence  … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 37

In this series we’ve looked at boxes that take certain inputs and then produce an output.  We’ve called such boxes operators, and we’ve thought of them in many different ways.  In some cases, the boxes perform arithmetic; in other cases, … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 33

In this series we have looked at various examples of operators, and most of our attention has been on operators where what comes out is a number, and what comes in is one or two numbers.  Some examples of two-numbers … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 32

In this series, we’ve been looking at a model for presenting and analyzing operators with an intention for it to have applications for students learning math in school.  In recent posts, we’ve looked for  interesting aspects of school math that … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 30

In many of the posts in this series we’ve shown operators that work on a single number coming in and that produce a single number coming out.  This is a hugely important subcategory of operators, but single-in single-out operators aren’t … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 29

In this series, we’ve been looking at simple machines where pushing a button invokes an operator that changes the state of the machine.  Stopwatches, coffee makers, calculators are all examples of such machines – some simpler than others.  Many of … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 28

The prior post in this series showed that we can get complex and rich behavior from combining simple operators and feeding their output back to their input (through what is called “state”, and the whole arrangement is known as a … Continue reading

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