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Mathematical Notation and Schools – 14
Functions: Variant Notations 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, which in middle school and … Continue reading
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Mathematical Notations and Schools – 7
Subtraction: The Dot For “Borrowing” In this series, I’ve been exploring notational issues and their impact on student learning. So far, I’ve been hesitating dealing with the standard subtraction algorithm as taught in the USA for two reasons: 1. I’m … Continue reading
Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 43
In the last several posts in this series, we’ve looked at cyclical patterns of behavior of numbers and operators. For example, in the previous post we saw that when counting up, the last digit of a number consistently repeats after … 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 36
In the previous post in this series, we broached the subject of equivalence classes. We did so in the context of looking at an addition table and noticing how each value in the table occurred multiple times. We drew a … Continue reading