Here you will see students as young as 4 and 5 years old doing algebra and "advanced" math, without ever knowing it's supposed to be hard.
You are invited to learn how to use this method...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

4th Power Math Made Easy

Continuing down the algebra path with a 6th grader who is getting math enrichment.

Right off the bat we went to identifying the pieces we were going to use to do a "problem" with

2x4 + 7x3 + 10x2 + 7x + 2.
Mortensen math

Use a three period lesson to make sure the student is comfortable with the terms and pieces we are going to be playing with.
Mortensen math

Note how we stay in arithmetic not physics when we move to the 4th power explanations, staying in two dimensions keeps otherwise unwieldy problems EASY.  Here the student labels the parts and gives their factors.

Then doing problems like this are easy and fun:

4th power algebra, advanced algebra

You can teach little kids, and I mean little kids like 4 and 5 year olds, all kinds of math using 4th power algebra. This student happens to be 12.

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