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Chinese Algebra: Using Historical Problems to Think About Current Curricula

Erik Tillema 

November 2005, Volume 99, Issue 4, Page 238

Abstract:
Analyzing three problems from the Jiu Zhang Suanshu, a Chinese mathematics text from the first century BCE. Each problem examines how the Chinese generated equivalent expressions, an important concept in algebra today. Historical text is be adapted thereby algebraic thinking can be honed.

Keywords:
Article
Conceptual Development
Connections / Applications
Higher Education
Grades 9-12
Math Coordinator / Coach
Teacher
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