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Subject:   RE: Factoring
Author: greenhoff
Date: Nov 3 2006
On Nov  3 2006, John Mac wrote:
> 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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