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March 2001, Volume 6, Issue 7

FEATURES

New Approaches to Algebra: Have We Missed the Point?
Stephen J., Thornton
Examination of a patterns approach, a symbolic approach, and a functions approach to help students develop new insights into mathematical relationships through alternative representations.

The Tangram Conundrum
Debra H., Thatcher
Student teachers explore why it is impossible to make a square from six tangram pieces and, in the process, develop insight about the nature of learning mathematics as well as strategies for teaching.