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Tag Archives: invariants
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 40
In this series, we’ve spent considerable space playing with operators, which we’ve pictured as black boxes with inputs and outputs, often as part of a machine with state. In more recent posts, e.g. this one , we’ve looked at operators … 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 34
In the previous post in this series, we looked at some operators that take in two numbers and produce some kind of pair of numbers, an ordered pair, in a way that can be reversed. Here’s another way to produce … 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 25
In this series, we’ve looked at operators in various ways. Recently, we’ve looked at state machines that invoke the same operator repeatedly, and generate a sequence of numbers in doing so. Conversely, sequences of numbers can often be modeled as … Continue reading
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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 23
In this series, we’ve been looking at operators as something that modifies the state of some machine or device, usually triggered by the pushing of a button. We’ve looked quite a bit at operators that operate on numbers, for example … Continue reading
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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Representations – Number and Some Alternatives
There are lots of ways to represent number – such as the number “ten”. As grownups, we’re so used to a particular way of representing “ten” that we don’t often stop to think about what we’re doing – we just … Continue reading
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