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Subject:  RE: Factoring 
Author:  greenhoff 
Date:  Nov 3 2006 
> Why do we teach our kids to factor?
What possible application is
> there?
What is the value in knowing:
A^3 + B^3 = (A + B)(A^2^
>  AB + B^2^)?
We complain that our kids are math illiterate, then
> we insist on teaching them nonsense.
John MAC
But this is anything but nonsense!
It's another cute example of a truth that holds for any numbers.
Don't always worry about direct applications: we are allowed to teach Maths just
for it's own sake...in fact I wish people would do so, and without trying to
find an application every time
Mark Owen
 
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