What is an algorithm?
An algorithm is a well-defined procedure or set of rules used tosolve a problem.
A good algorithm is efficient, unambiguous, and reliable.Why do we teach students algorithms?
To give them important problem-solving skills
To build computational confidence
To develop sound number sense, including a good understanding ofplace valueWhat are some examples of algorithms that have been taught in the past?
Subtraction with regrouping
Multi-digit multiplicationOur new math curriculum,
, teaches a number ofdifferent ways to do grade-level computations. Some of them are hundredsof years old, but simply aren’t the way we have traditionally taught in U.S.schools. A few of these algorithms are emphasized more than others, andthey are called “focus algorithms”.What are the new “focus algorithms” in
Mathematical Operation Name of Algorithm
Addition Partial-Sums AdditionSubtraction Trade-First SubtractionMultiplication Partial-Products MultiplicationDivision Partial-Quotients DivisionNow, let’s do some math…