Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Quotients of Monomials - Section 3: Quotients of Monomials


A great way to extend an engaging conversation or lesson is to offer extra credit.  It amazes me that students will spend all sorts of time on extra credit while forgetting to do their actual homework.  This lesson provided an excellent place to give students just this opportunity. 

The conversation around 00 went really well.  The students got fired up and defended/critiqued their own and each other’s opinions (Math Practice 3).  By the end of the discussion, we talked about how this is one of those places where math isn't always black or white, and that experts in the field have differing opinions.  I then offered them extra credit for submitting a position on this topic.  The better researched they were, the more extra credit I would offer. 

I received many interesting submissions.  Many, like Extra Credit 1 and Extra Credit 3, supported the stance that 00=1.  The a lesser extent, students submitted statements supporting 00=0 like Extra Credit 4.  Only one student, Extra Credit 2a, 2b, and 2c,  really did her research.  This young lady obviously has strength in writing.   She even cited her references.  In the future, I may add a full essay (or two) to my course.  What a great way to cross over into English while supporting mathematical habits of mind.  

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Extra Credit- A Great Way To Extend A Lesson
Loading resource...

Quotients of Monomials

Unit 7: Rational Functions
Lesson 1 of 15

Objective: Students will be able simplify quotients of monomials.

Big Idea: Investigate the concepts behind, as well as the numerical limitations of, the simplest form of a rational expression.

  Print Lesson
Math, laws of exponents (algebraic expressions), Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, master teacher project, Quotients of monomials
  47 minutes
image quotients of monomials
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload