Using Technology to Optimize and Generalize: The Least-Squares Line

  • Using Technology to Optimize and Generalize: The Least-Squares Line

    Maurice Burke, Ted Hodgson
    With the help of technology and a basic high school algebra method for finding the vertex of a quadratic polynomial, students can develop and prove the formula for least-squares lines. Students are exposed to the power of a computer algebra system to generalize processes they understand and to see deeper patterns in those processes.