Developing the Vertex Formula Meaningfully

  • Developing the Vertex Formula Meaningfully

    Amy L. Nebesniak and A. Aaron Burgoa
    A sequenced approach to quadratics helps students develop conceptual understanding of the vertex formula.
    Do your students think of mathematics as a collection of formulas to memorize? As teachers working with students in entry-level algebra classes, we realized that our instruction was a major factor in how our students viewed mathematics. We often presented students with abstract formulas that seemed to appear out of thin air.
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