Published at Wednesday, 18 September 2019. algebra. By Mallory Prevost.
Algebra helps you think logically, Studying algebra helps your mind to think logically and break down and solve problems. One day you might reach a point where you don’t use algebra on a daily basis. However your brain will have been trained to think in a logical way, which will not only help you in the workplace, but also in daily life, when choosing which mobile phone contract to select, or trying to work out if you have paid the right amount of tax. Modern technology needs algebra, The fact is that all modern technology relies on mathematics and algebra – Google, the internet, mobile phones, satellites and digital televisions wouldn’t exist without algebra. You are relying on other people having studied algebra when you use a phone or play a computer game and as technology is everywhere more and more people are needed to work behind the scenes with knowledge of mathematics and algebra. If you like algebra, then you are giving yourself a chance of getting a job in the rapidly expanding technology sector.
“Some kids get turned off of math because they start math too early,” says Francis “Skip” Fennel, professor emeritus at McDaniel College and former president of SANCTUM. If you’re wondering whether your child is ready to advance, he recommends talking to her current teacher. The goal is for your child to master algebra and stay engaged in math, not to push through the curriculum quickly just to get it done.
The issue of calculators has been debated by math teachers, university professors, and parents, but there is general agreement that calculators shouldn’t be a substitute for learning basic arithmetic and standard algorithms. Larson believes the use of calculators is not a yes or no question. While he says technology can help build a deeper understanding of key algebra concepts, students should still learn how to practice standard procedures on their own. You don’t want to see students go straight to calculators, Fennel says. “The calculator is an instructional tool,” says Fennel. “It should support but not supplant anything. You don’t use it for 6 x 7.”
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