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Learning Math: Patterns, Functions and Algebra

Functions and Algorithms (#103)

Investigate algorithms and functions. Topics covered include the importance of doing and undoing in mathematics; determining when a process can or cannot be undone; using function machines to picture and undo algorithms; and the unique outputs produced by functions. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: "LEARNING MATH: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra," organized around NCTM content standards, strives to help teachers better understand the mathematics concepts underlying the content that they teach. This professional development series explores the 'big ideas' in algebraic thinking, such as finding, describing, and using patterns; using functions to make predictions; understanding linearity and proportional reasoning; understanding non-linear functions; and understanding and exploring algebraic structure.

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