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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Purpose of studying algebra

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From: Mike MacInnis <micmacin@nbnet.nb.ca>
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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