Friday, April 22, 2011

Chapter 4: Algebra originated from...

Objective:
To have a better understanding of the historical background of Algebra and the fundamental nomenclature used in Algebra.

Task:
1. In pairs, complete the 4 activities.
2. You will be posting your work in the class Maths Blog.
3. How you deploy your learning devices: One would be logged in to the Maths Blog; one would be used to do research (when necessary).

Activity 1
Who is Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī got to do with Algebra?
What were his contributions in Mathematics and Sciences

Activity 2
Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi was the author of a book entitled Al-jabr w'al muqabala (written in 830 AD) that gave the name al-jabr to the branch of mathematics that is now known by its modern spelling as algebra.

What is Algebra? 







Construct a simple mind map to illustrate this.
You may use Mindnode to do the task.

Activity 3
Use the website or mathematics dictionary and find the definition of the following.
You may use diagrams or examples to illustrate your explanation.
  1. variable
  2. constant
  3. coefficient
  4. expression
  5. equation
Activity 4
What is the differences between like terms and unlike terms.
Watch the following video to help you...



Activity 5 - Beyond just the fact!


What has this Plimpton 322 tablet got to do with Algebra?
Source: Wikipedia: History of Elementary Algebra (retrieved on 14 March 2010)

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