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Topic: [math-learn] Transforming formulas
Replies: 55   Last Post: Feb 19, 2007 11:48 PM

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 Moti Posts: 63 Registered: 11/7/06
[math-learn] Re: Transforming formulas
Posted: Feb 1, 2007 5:35 AM
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Antonija,

If I examine what you said they do understand [transforming a=bc] and
don't understand [transforming a=b/c] I suspect they don't have a good
understanding and skills of fractions. Transforming the first doesn't
require understanding of fractions and operations with fractions,
while transforming the second type does.

Here's a concise explanation of the FOIL method
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/MathMultiplyingBinomialsWithFOIL812.htm

Basically it's just a mnemonic to remember how to multiply binomials
in a bit different order that one would usually do.

I think there's no need to teach FOIL. If they know the distributive
property, they can learn multiplication of polynomials easily. Then
they have to gather similar terms, but that's simple as well. It's
basically just accounting. The FOIL method though, is not scalable to
more than binomials and thus not a good way to teach multiplication of
polynomials.

Moti
http://www.LearningByYourself.com

> For example, if we have (simple) formula
> a = b/c
> and if we want to find formula for "c"
> then
> I would (in my mind) move "c" from denominator (from the right side)
> into multiplication with "a" (onto left side) AND
> I would move "a" from multiplication (from the left side) into
> denominator (onto right side).
> So, I get c = b/a .
> Actually, "c" and "a" changed their positions.
>
> When I try to explain it to my kids, they become confused complitely
> Some of you said that your kids can accept it. How old are they?
>
> In the other hand,
> if we want to find formula for "b" (in upper example a=b/c),
> we should just to move "c" (as I described before)
> and then to change both sides of formula,
> so we get
> b = ac .
>
> These two methods haven't got equivalent steps, and it confuses kids
> as well.
>
> But, transforming formulas like a=bc is easy for them - they know
> to move "b" and "c" correctly, that is they remember to put them into
> denominator.

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