
06617771
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2016e.00813
Drum, John R.
Exploration of polynomials through the use of code word solutions.
Ohio J. Sch. Math. 73, 13 (2016).
2016
Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), Columbus, Oxford, OH
EN
I20
H20
teaching
polynomial functions
personalized polynomials
elementary algebra
precalculus
approach
mathematical model building
code words
coding
multiplying polynomials
graph of a function
zeros
student activities
Summary: The study of polynomials is an important foundational idea in elementary algebra and introductory calculus. This activity will reinforce and introduce ideas about where roots occur, change in slopes over the curve, and determining extremum. This project has students choose a word which has meaning to them, encipher it, and produce a polynomial of their own. From this personalized polynomial they will carry out these studies.