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Using the Ancient Method of False Position to Find Solutions

Thomas Edwards 

November 2008, Volume 14, Issue 4, Page 252

Abstract:
Several activities that are based on the ancient method of false position, also called false assumption, are presented in this article as a way to motivate students to find the solution of literal equations in beginning algebra. With a historical connection, the activities described engage students in solving linear equations in a novel way. Extension exercise included.

Keywords:
Article
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Teacher Education
Grades 6-8
Linearity
Teacher
Skill and Fluency