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Topic:  Conceptual approach to factoring polynomials 
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Subject:  RE: Conceptual approach to factoring polynomials 
Author:  gggjoob 
Date:  Dec 8 2006 
> I would like to know if anybody is familiar with a conceptual
> approach to factoring polynomials that is effective.
as a monday morning math teacher, i would probably start with a lesson on where
we will be ending up as a class. what's our objective here, what are we to
learn, and then start from the beginning. we need to know what a polynomial
looks like, let's don't worry about factoring just yet. let's identify, then
classify polynomials into factoringtype groups (based on the info from the
attached links). and in between each lesson introduce a little history. and as
you all have noted, this is work involving practice, and memorization, just like
learning a foreign language.
http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/col_algebra/col_alg_tut7_factor.htm
http://www.jamesbrennan.org/algebra/polynomials/factoring_polynomials.htm
 
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