sometimes it’s not about the concepts …

Posted on November 14, 2013

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Need to remember that wading through a zillion steps conceptually is not reasonable and is, I would venture, pretty much the reason math was invented.   

The SIQ (student in question ;)) would “get” taking cube roots of powers, and then it would leave. Rebuild concept… makes sense. NExt problem… it’s gone. Until, “wait a minute, couldn’t I just divide?”   and the idea that the remainder stays in the radical… makes sense, and since it’s tied to old, firm and solid sense… it is sticking. 

Now, methinks it is also sticking better because it was discovered… 

another 87 on quiz but basically because of nuances of the *English* language as opposed to Java. 

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