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Topic: [math-learn] A Question about Radical Notation
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Re: [math-learn] A Question about Radical Notation
Posted: May 4, 2008 6:23 PM
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I usually tell my students that it's used to make the root we use most often
easier to write. It's also the lowest root and, in math, we often use don't
use a symbol for the lowest one. We don't use an exponent of 1 on an x, nor
do we use a 1 for a coefficient. I usually have them put the 1, or 2, in when
they are working the problem to help them and then have them rewrite the
answer without the 1 or 2 so that they get used to "standard practice" I don't
hesitate to have beginning students use the numbers.

Mary Liz Pierce
Math Instructor
Central Arizona College
Superstition Mountain Campus

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