MathEd Studies Tag: algebra

Tag: algebra

Stages in the history of algebra

In this article, we take a rapid journey through the history of algebra, noting the important developments and reflecting on the importance of this history in the teaching of algebra in secondary school or university. Frequently, algebra is considered to have three stages in its historical development: the rhetorical stage, the syncopated stage, and the symbolic stage. But besides…

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A study on building understanding of algebraic variables

Algebra has been recognised for some time as a difficult topic for many secondary school students. Discovering the best way(s) of introducing algebra into the students’ experience and fostering understanding has stimulated much discussion and research. An understanding of the concept of variable is fundamental to further student progress in algebra. The paper of Graham and Thomas describes…

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