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Can Creativity in Maths be Learned?

June23

Can creativity be learned?

A new study of high-school pupils and math teachers presented recently at the Fourth Conference of Education of the Gifted at the University of Haifa found that two creativity traits can be improved during the learning process, while there is one that a person is – or is not – born with.

Two traits of creativity in mathematics tasks – fluency and flexibility (the ability to find a large number of solutions to a problem and the ability to find different solutions to one problem) are improved over the course of a learning process, but originality is not improved over time. Full article here.

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NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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