Factoring Polynomials

Introduction

Factoring Polynomials?  What is a polynimial and how do you factor it?  Are there different ways to facor polynomials?  These are some of the questions that you may have at this moment, but these questions will be answered at the end of this webquest.  

As you travel through this webquest, you will develop a better understnading of what a polynomial is.   Once you have that understanding you will be able to break larger polynomials into the products of smaller ones.  I have included some resources that you may use but feel free to explore other sites that are on the web to help you gain knowledge on factoring polynomials.  

LET'S GET STARTED!

Task

The learners will:

  • know the different ways to factor polynomials
  • practice factoring online
  • create a presentation that includes vocabualry and teaches other students how to factor polynomials
  • present to the class
Process

Okay Guys! You are on your way to become factoring experts!  Go through each task and it will help you to develop the class presentation.  Everything that you need is here for you. Click on the links provided and it will take you where you need to go.  Again feel free to explore on you own if you need further understanding.

Task #1

Vocablary! As you learn the definition you need to begin preparing your presentation!  Your presentation must include vocabulary.  You may cho0se the format that you use for the presentation.

What is a monomial? 

Math is Fun   http://www.mathisfun.com/definitions.monomial.html

Wikipedia   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomial

Math Dictionary   http://www.icoachmath.com/math-dictionary/monomial.html

All Polynomials  http://www.regentsprep.org/regents/math/algebra/av/smono.htm

 

What is a binomial?

Math is Fun!  http://www.mathisfn.com/definitions/binomial.html

Math Dictionary  http://www.icoachmath.com/math_dictionary/binomial.html

About.com      http://math.about.com/od/glossaryofterms/g/Whaat-Is-A-Binomial.htm

Dictionary.com  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/binomial

 

What is a trinomial?

Math Dictionary  http://www.icoachmath.com/math_dictionary/trinomial.html

Math is Fun!  http://www.mathisfun.com/definitions/trinomial.html

Thinkexist  http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/trinomial/

Your dictionary  http://www.yourdictionary.com/trinomial

 

What is a polynomial?

Math is Fun!   http://www.mathisfun.com/definitions/polynomial.html

Webster  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polynomial

Purplemath  http://www.purplemath.com/modules/polydefs.htm

Basic Mathematics  http://www.basic-mathematics.com/definitions-of-a-polynomial.html

 

Task #2

Explore how to factor a trinomial.  You what ever web resources you

have available.  Below are links to videos on factoring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_yrM-RVCJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLzyPlDOIfQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqohYwpih8U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFkKOIKj_2k

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU8qHd1ezMw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hSZEzBmG6M

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6_oWifXKcQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3GNmhI0-sU

 

https://ww.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy9soTRBm74

 

Task #3 

Practice what you have learned about factoring using the following links

 

http://www.interactmath.com/Exercises.aspx?chapterId=9&sectionId=5&objectiveId=1

http://www.interactmath.com/Exercises.aspx?chapterId=9&sectionId=6&objectiveId=-1

http://www.interactmath.com/Exercises.aspx?chapterId=9&sectionId=7&objectiveId=-1

http://www.interactmath.com/Exercises.aspx?chapterId=9&sectionId=8&objectiveId=-1

 

Quizzes

 

http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/algebra/factoring_polynmials_by_graphing/quiz5038.html

http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/algebra/factoring_trinomials_of_the_form_x2_bx_c/quiz5061.html

http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/math/factoring_trinomials_of_the_form_x2_bx_c_where_c_is_negative/quiz5062.html

http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/math/factoring_trinomials_of_the_form_ax2_bx_c_where_a_is_not_1_using_the_acmethod/quiz5368.html

 

Task #4

Complete your presentation on how to factor polynomials including definitions for vocabulary.

 

Task #5

Present to the class!

 

Task #6

Take assessment given by teache

Conclusion

Now that you have completed all of the tasks, you should have accomplished the following...

  • You know the different ways to factor polynomials
  • You watched videos that showed you how to factor
  • You practiced factoring online
  • You completed the presentation that included definitions on vocabulary that involves factoring trinomials
  • You enjoyed exploring factoring polynomials and presenting to the class
Credits

References

Kurt, S. (2012). Issues to consider in designing webquest: a literature review.  Computers in the    Schools, 29, 300-314

 

Leung, C. B. and Unal, Z. (2013). Advantages and disadvantages of classroom instruction with   webquests: connecting literacy and technology. Journal of Reading Education, 38(2), 31-         37

 

Unal, Z., Bodur, Y. and Unal, A. (2012). A standardized rubric for evaluating webquest design: reliability analysis of ZUNAL webquest design rubric. Journal of Information Technology Education, 11, 169-180

 

http://www.interactmath.com

http://www.softschools.com

https://www.youtube.com

http://www.mathisfun.com

http://en.wikipedia.org

http://www.icoachmath.com

http://www.regentsprep.org

Teacher Page

Time required

3.5- 90 minute periods or 5-60 minute periods

 

Materials Needed/Technology

  • Computer for each student
  • Internet Access
  • This Webquest