id: 06643707
dt: a
an: 2016f.00017
au: Rogers, Leo; Pope, Sue
ti: A brief history of quadratic equations for mathematics educators.
so: Adams, G. (ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into
Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). Vol. 35, No. 3. Proceedings of the day
conference, University of Reading, UK, November 7, 2015. London:
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). 90-95
(2016).
py: 2016
pu: London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
la: EN
cc: A30 H30
ut: quadratic equations; history of mathematics; cultural roots of quadratic
problems; solving quadratic equations; square roots; iterations;
squaring the rectangle; development of notation; fundamental theorem of
algebra
ci:
li: http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/IPs/ip35-3/BSRLM-IP-35-3-16.pdf
ab: Summary: In contrast to the 2007 secondary curriculum, the new English
mathematics curriculum alludes only to Roman Numerals in the primary
programme of study. Despite the words: ‘Mathematics is a creative and
highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over
centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most
intriguing problems.’ in the Purpose of Study section there is no
further mention of historical or cultural roots of mathematics in the
aims, or in the programmes of study. The increased expectations for
lower and middle attainers in the new curriculum, challenge teachers to
make more mathematics accessible and memorable to more learners. The
history of mathematics can provide an engaging way to do this. There
are also opportunities in post-16 mathematics. We use quadratic
equations to illustrate some of the ways that history of mathematics
can enrich teaching of this topic.
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