# Tag Archives: solving equation

## How to derive the quadratic formula

As I wrote in my  earlier post about solving quadratic equations, introducing the quadratic formula in solving for the roots of a quadratic equation is not advisable because it does not promote conceptual understanding. All the students learn in using the formula is to substitute the values and evaluate the resulting numerical expression. I have seen… Read More »

## Solving quadratic equations by completing the square

I’m not a fan of  teaching the quadratic formula for solving the roots of quadratic equations because the sight of the outrageous formula itself is enough to make students wish they are invisible in their algebra class. Indeed who wants to have to do with Of course not all quadratic equations can be solved by… Read More »

## When is a math problem a problem?

One of the main objectives of mathematics education is for students to acquire mathematical habits of mind. One of the ways of achieving this objective is to engage students in problem solving tasks. What is a problem solving task? And when is a math problem a problem and not an exercise? What is a problem… Read More »

## Teaching the properties of equality through problem solving

I like to teach mathematical concepts via problem solving. It right away engages students mind. It creates a need for learning a more systematic way of doing things and hence a reason for learning the concept. It provides a context for making connections. Most important of all, it gives students opportunity to learn before they… Read More »