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From: Mike MacInnis

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000021223:14:00
Subject: Re: Re: Purpose of studying algebra

Algebra has a place in the "real world" for kids. Try giving them the rates for two different internet providers that each have different a)base rates b)rates per hour and c) different "free hours". The kids NEED to use algebra to figure out at what point are the equations equal (that is; at how many hours is each price the same). They will then realize that the company that charges more per hour is the more expensive provider. Kids often learn where it hurts; just like us: in our wallet.

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