CHALLENGES IN LEARNING ALGERAIC EXPRESSIONS:
Many student face difficulties in grasping the fundamental of algebra, letters to represent unknown quantities. Language itself is not easy as its combination of symbol notation to express the calculation. Most difficult part is understanding of equal sign.
WHY ALGEBRAIC TILES?
Using algebra tiles provides a more visual way for us to solve our problems. It helps us to see just what quantities we’re working with. It’s like we are using building blocks to help us. Algebraic tiles embrace the use of symbols by representing the unit tiles as 1, rectangle tiles as ‘x’ and square tile as x2. By using the unit tiles student can find out the factor and multiples of specific number with arranging the tiles in different number of column and rows.
Different colors to represent positive and negative variables helps in understanding operations of integers. Positive tiles represented by red and purple and negative tiles represented by yellow clarifies the most complex part which is where to apply the sign Using the area method for multiplying and dividing the monomial, binomial and polynomial makes factorization an easy task.