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Subject:  Factoring polynomials 
Author:  Grip 
Date:  Jun 29 2006 
strongly held beliefs.
Why teach factoring of polynomials at an elementary algebra level?
Like other people who have contributed to this thread, I have a hard time
answering when students are going to have to use factoring polynomials?
Since the set of factorable polynomials is a small subset of polynomials, you
have know the answer to write a question, which really defeat the purpose of the
problemsolving.
If you can name an application, then teach factoring when it is needed, not as a
standalone skill.
I am looking forward to someone else challenging my thinking on this
subject.
 
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