Gulati, Sangeeta
(2018)
Mobile puzzles – making sense of variables and equations.
At Right Angles, 7 (3).
pp. 6368.
ISSN 25821873
Abstract
For the middle school student, the transition from
arithmetic to algebra is often quite daunting. In grade
VI, the concept of a ‘variable’ is encountered for the first time. This is the stage where either a child embraces the newly introduced ‘Algebra’ or gets overwhelmed with the idea of numbers being replaced by letters of the alphabet. This is also the stage where the students learn to solve equations and find the value(s) of the unknown(s). Quite often students get lost in the working of equations and memorize the rules without understanding the logic.
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