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Delving Deeper
Delving Deeper: In-Depth Mathematical Analysis of Ordinary High School Problems

Dick Stanley, Jolanta Walukiewicz 

April 2004, Volume 97, Issue 4, Page 248

In this regular department of "Delving Deeper", the article analyzes a simple motion problem used in high school curriculum. "Extended analysis" is used to find a general algebraic solution to the motion problem rather than a numerical solution for one set of data. The article makes a case for attention paid to mathematical reasoning and to using good mathematical habits of mind to avoid teaching stereotypes that students tend to memorize.

Teacher Education
Conceptual Development
Teacher in Training / Preservice Teacher
Grades 9-12
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