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Subject:  RE: Factoring polynomials 
Author:  Mathman 
Date:  Jul 6 2006 
> but I found that only
> those who are intresting in mathematics can follow with you, for the
> rest we are in need to make it easy for them to do
I could not agree with you more. We have a saying here when dealing with
students who have difficulty learning a topic..."Whatever works." So, please
understand that I do not condemn the use of well devised computer tools.
What I do like to see is a firm foundation for later study, too often lacking
even in those who do go on to higher study, not just those who have difficulty
early. As one simple example, I like to see them understand pattern and get
enough practice so that the patterns will jump out at them. A student of
calculus should not hesitate when factoring is needed, both recognising the
need, then doing it easily. He/she should not see any difference between A^2 
B^2 and (x+y+z)^2  (x+yz)^2, and approach the one as readily as the other
when done their basic study. For those having dificuly early ....Whatever
works.
David.
 
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