Fore? No, it’s not golfing season. Four. Today is 12/3. Which is 4. Unless you’re in a part of the world other than the United States. Then, Happy one-fourth.
But, we’ll go with the original. Because! 12/3 = 4. Four consecutive single-digit integers make a true equation! Any other groups of four consecutives that do that? 0+1+2 = 3. |-1| + 0 + 1 = 2.
I guess I could get creative and find pretty many. But, fun to think about anyway. (For me, at least) And I’m pretty stoked.
I’m having a hard time this week…there is a pretty abstract concept that we’re doing right now, completing the square. Which I sort of ranted about last night, but I’m going to continue. I made a flowchart that can get the students to the answer. It makes a very repetitive process out of it. It’s no longer a concept that requires thought, it’s a plug-and-chug equation. Which is sort of what we’ll get to when I introduce the quadratic formula…and in fact, hopefully some of them will be able to get the formula from the flowchart. As I write this paragraph, I think I convinced myself that “yes. I will give them this flowchart. There are some things that can be processes.” So be it. It’s a pretty nice flowchart too, I think. I should laminate it. It almost looks like a board game board. Chutes and Ladders? Eff that. Roots and Quadratters. (Almost ‘quadratics’…a stretch, but it had to rhyme, right?)
Anywho, have a good night.