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The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
An Analogy When cooking, we need three things: a collection of ingredients (say butter, sugar, flour, &c.), a description of a technique for combining them (a recipe), and some tools for actually getting the work done (bowls and knives, as … Continue reading
Simplicity
Today I taught a prealgebra lesson on ordering real numbers. In discussing this topic, we determined that in order to compare or order numbers, it is helpful to format them in a similar fashion. For instance, it is difficult to … Continue reading
Irrational Numbers
About 2,500 years ago, mathematics was dominated by the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras. Pythagoras and his followers formed an almost religious group, complete with secret symbols, mysticism, and a dogmatic approach to mathematics. One of the important aspects of … Continue reading