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Vision in elementary mathematics

Author: W W Sawyer
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Dover edView all editions and formats
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As the title suggests, this technique employs visual elements in its exploration of the most graphic and least "forbidding" aspects of mathematics. The author observes that most people possess a direct vision that permits them to "see" only the smaller numbers. In addressing this difficulty, both for those who like recreational mathematics and for those who teach, he suggests a variety of methods: techniques of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W W Sawyer
ISBN: 048642555X 9780486425559
OCLC Number: 50606511
Notes: Originally published: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ; Baltimore, Md. : Penguin Books, 1964, in series: Introducing mathematics ; 1.
Description: 346 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Even and odd --
Divisibility --
An unorthodox point of entry --
Tricks, bags, and machines --
Words, signs, and pictures --
Sudden appearance of a practical result --
A miniature problem in design --
Investigations --
The routines of algebra I --
The routines of algebra II --
Graphs --
Negative numbers --
Fractions.
Responsibility: W.W. Sawyer.
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As the title suggests, this technique employs visual elements in its exploration of the most graphic and least "forbidding" aspects of mathematics. The author observes that most people possess a direct vision that permits them to "see" only the smaller numbers. In addressing this difficulty, both for those who like recreational mathematics and for those who teach, he suggests a variety of methods: techniques of visualizing, dramatizing, and analyzing numbers that attract and retain the attention and understanding. Topics range from basic multiplication and division to algebra, encompassing word problems, graphs, negative numbers, fractions, and many other practical applications of elementary mathematics. 1964 ed. Answers to Problems.

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