Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

I wonder... 

...if student mathematical performance would be greatly improved if 4-8 students spent at least a month each year on factoring integers.

It seems to me that some of the problems my students have, whether it's with fractions, factoring polynomials or simplifying radicals all come down to the idea that they don't have a good sense of factoring. Perhaps I'll drill factoring like arithmetic with my pre-algebra students during the summer school quarter.

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