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A Quantitative Reasoning Approach To Algebra Using Inquiry-Based Learning, Victor I. Piercey

#### A Quantitative Reasoning Approach To Algebra Using Inquiry-Based Learning, Victor I. Piercey

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In this paper, I share a hybrid quantitative reasoning/algebra two-course sequence that challenges the common assumption that quantitative literacy and reasoning are less rigorous mathematics alternatives to algebra and illustrates that a quantitative reasoning framework can be used to teach traditional algebra. The presentation is made in two parts. In the first part, which is somewhat philosophical and theoretical, I explain my personal perspective of what I mean by “algebra” and “doing algebra.” I contend that algebra is a form of communication whose value is precision, which allows us to perform algebraic manipulations in the form of simplification and ...