One way to help capture student interest, and to create better access to math is to express mathematical ideas by using images or visual representations. In Algebra classes, we have been exploring visual patterns as one lens to identify and study linear, quadratic, and even cubic patterns.
|If this image shows steps 1, 2, and 3, how many squares would you predict in step 43?|
|Dividing these shapes up into sections helps us to see the x term, the x squared term, and the constant term in this trinomial pattern.|
|...and if you think that these are a way to water down the math, try to figure out how many penguins are in the nth term of this friendly looking, but difficult pattern!|