Synthetic Division: How to understand it by NOT doing it! (VIDEO!)

So many teachers teach their students a completely mysterious and strange algorithm for dividing polynomials by linear terms. Why does it work? What if I want to divide by something other than a linear term. Here I discuss a general method where UNDERSTANDING outweighs and outdoes memorisation!

Synthetic Division


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    Written for educators - and their students too! - this website, slowly growing, takes all the content Tanton has developed in his books, videos, and workshops, and organizes it into short, self-contained, and complete, curriculum units proving that mathematics, at all points of the school curriculum, can be joyous, fresh, innovative, rich, deep-thinking, and devoid of any rote doing! Let's teach generations of students to be self-reliant thinkers, willing to flail and to use their common sense to "nut their way" through challenges, to assess and judge results, and to adjust actions to find success. (Great life skills!)


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