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Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Polynomial Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 4 Ratings:

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Technology is an important part of learning mathematics. For decades, graphing calculators were the primary tool used to accomplish this. Upon completion of college, however, students rarely use or see the need for these devices. A growing trend exists instead towards computers, smart phones and other devices running Internet software that has become extremely powerful, easy to use and low-cost or free of charge. Effective mathematics instruction should keep up with this trend by incorporating these types of programs. It will benefit students three ways: (1) introduce students to the latest tools of science and technology; (2) provide students with life skills that are more likely to apply to the real world; and (3) reinforce concepts of the mathematics involved in their coursework.

Wolfram|Alpha represents one of the most exciting, broadly applicable, powerful and easy to use of all the computational programs available. About one-third of the questions in these Intermediate Algebra activities teach input and command syntax; one-third emphasizes answer interpretation; and one-third reinforces the concepts and material of Intermediate Algebra. The projects are meant to be started after finishing the corresponding chapter(s) in the students' textbook.

Wolfram|Alpha represents one of the most exciting, broadly applicable, powerful and easy to use of all the computational programs available. About one-third of the questions in these Intermediate Algebra activities teach input and command syntax; one-third emphasizes answer interpretation; and one-third reinforces the concepts and material of Intermediate Algebra. The projects are meant to be started after finishing the corresponding chapter(s) in the students' textbook.

Technology is an important part of learning mathematics. For decades, graphing calculators were the primary tool used to accomplish this. Upon completion of college, however, students rarely use or see the need for these devices. A growing trend exists instead towards computers, smart phones and other devices running Internet software that has become extremely powerful, easy to use and low-cost or free of charge. Effective mathematics instruction should keep up with this trend by incorporating these types of programs. It will benefit students three ways: (1) introduce students to the latest tools of science and technology; (2) provide students with life skills that are more likely to apply to the real world; and (3) reinforce concepts of the mathematics involved in their coursework.

Wolfram|Alpha represents one of the most exciting, broadly applicable, powerful and easy to use of all the computational programs available. About one-third of the questions in these Intermediate Algebra activities teach input and command syntax; one-third emphasizes answer interpretation; and one-third reinforces the concepts and material of Intermediate Algebra. The projects are meant to be started after finishing the corresponding chapter(s) in the students' textbook.

Wolfram|Alpha represents one of the most exciting, broadly applicable, powerful and easy to use of all the computational programs available. About one-third of the questions in these Intermediate Algebra activities teach input and command syntax; one-third emphasizes answer interpretation; and one-third reinforces the concepts and material of Intermediate Algebra. The projects are meant to be started after finishing the corresponding chapter(s) in the students' textbook.

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Polynomial Functions 1 Intermediate Algebra Activities Using WA

WA

Activity

#

4

‐‐

Polynomial

Functions

Type

“let

x

=

‐

4

in

(3x^2

‐

7x

–

41)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

1.

What

is

the

value

of

this

polynomial

at

x

=

‐

4?

2.

Check

the

solution.

Show

your

work.

Type

“(3ab

‐

7b

‐

2a+20)

‐

(

‐

11ab

‐

4a+b

‐

13)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

3.

Check

the

input.

Does

it

match

the

expression

you

were

trying

to

simplify?

4.

Ignore

the

plots

and

the

higher

level

math

forms.

Did

WA

subtract

the

two

polynomials?

5.

Check

the

solution.

Show

your

work.

Type

“(3x+2)(2x

‐

5)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

6.

Does

the

input

confirm

what

you

wanted?

7.

What

does

the

blue

line

in

the

plot

represent?

8.

The

geometric

shapes,

properties,

and

roots

of

equations

like

this

will

be

studied

later

in

your

course.

Where

do

you

see

the

answer

to

this

problem

as

you

normally

would

express

it;

what

does

WA

call

it?

What

is

the

answer?

Type

“multiply

(3x+2)(2x

‐

5)”

and

“expand

(3x+2)(2x

‐

5)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

9.

Of

the

three

forms

of

the

command

which

do

you

like

the

best?

Why?

Type

“(6x^4

‐

8x^3+9)

/

(3x^3)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

10.

Check

the

input.

Does

it

match

the

expression

you

were

trying

to

simplify?

11.

Look

at

the

Alternate

form.

Explain

how

WA

got

its

answer.

Show

your

work.

Why

do

you

think

they

wrote

the

terms

of

their

answer

in

the

order

they

did?

Polynomial Functions 2 Intermediate Algebra Activities Using WA

Type

“(6x^2

‐

11x

‐

7)

/

(3x

‐

7)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

12.

Does

the

input

match

what

you

were

looking

for?

13.

What

does

the

blue

line

in

the

plot

represent?

14.

What

is

the

answer

to

this

division

of

two

polynomials

as

you

would

normally

express

it?

15.

If

you

did

this

problem

using

long

division

on

paper

and

pencil

what

is

the

quotient?

What

is

the

remainder?

Does

WA

show

this

to

you?

16.

What

does

WA

show

is

the

Root

of

the

expression

(6x^2

‐

11x

‐

7)/(3x

‐

7)?

Substitute

that

value

into

the

expression

for

x.

What

did

you

get?

Type

“(3x^3

‐

2x^2+5)

/

(x+3)”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

17.

Look

at

the

Alternate

forms.

Which

one

is

the

answer

to

this

division

of

two

polynomials

as

you

would

normally

express

it?

Write

it

in

the

order

you

normally

would.

18.

Did

this

division

of

two

polynomials

come

out

“even?”

That

is,

is

the

remainder

equal

to

zero?

20.

If

you

did

this

problem

using

long

division

on

paper

and

pencil

what

is

the

quotient?

What

is

the

remainder?

21.

What

does

WA

show

is

the

Real

root

of

the

expression

(3x^3

‐

2x^2+5)/(x+3)?

Substitute

that

value

into

the

expression

for

x.

What

did

you

get?

Show

your

work.

22.

Now

that

you

know

what

the

real

root

is,

look

back

up

at

the

blue

line

representing

the

plot

of

the

expression.

What

is

the

x

‐

intercept?

Type

“gcd

16x^5y^2,

20x^4y^6,

24x^6y^8”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

23.

What

does

GCD

stand

for?

24.

Show

that

the

GCD

divides

evenly

into

each

of

the

three

expressions.

Type

“factor

6x^2

+

7x

‐

3”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

25.

What

is

the

answer?

26.

Multiply

the

two

factors

together

to

confirm

the

answer.

Show

your

work.

Does

it

check?

Polynomial Functions 3 Intermediate Algebra Activities Using WA

Type

“factor

9x^3

‐

15x^2

‐

36x”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

27.

What

is

the

result?

Factor

completely.

Express

the

answer

as

you

normally

would

when

factoring

polynomials.

Type

“factor

4x^2

‐

25”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

28.

What

is

the

result?

29.

What

is

the

name

for

this

special

type

of

polynomial?

30.

Look

at

the

plot

(either

one).

How

many

x

‐

intercepts

are

there?

Type

“factor

4x^2

+

25”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

31.

What

is

the

result?

Explain.

32.

Look

at

the

plot

(either

one).

How

many

x

‐

intercepts

are

there?

Do

either

of

the

plots

show

the

x

‐

axis?

Type

“x

+

3

=

0”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

33.

What

is

the

solution

to

the

equation?

34.

What

is

the

graph

represented

by

the

blue

line?

35.

What

is

the

point

represented

by

the

red

dot?

36.

Look

at

the

viewing

window

of

the

plot.

What

are

the

Xmin,

Xmax,

Ymin

and

Ymax?

Does

the

plot

show

the

x

‐

axis?

Does

the

plot

show

the

y

‐

axis?

Type

“5x^2

=

‐

16x

‐

3”

into

the

WA

search

engine.

Use

the

results

to

answer

the

following

questions.

37.

What

does

the

graph

of

the

blue

line

represent?

38.

What

does

the

graph

of

the

red

line

represent?

39.

What

do

the

red

dots

represent?

40.

How

many

solutions

are

there?

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