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Unit 4 Discussion

Instructions:

Please post a response to one peer who chose a different topic. Then watch the video your peer reviewed. Base your responses on your peer’s review and your own thoughts about the same video.

In the response post, include the following:

· Comment on your peer’s synopsis.

· Do you feel it was complete – why/why not?

· Locate, identify, and comment on the area of your peer’s chosen video you feel could have been explained better (in the video) and share your ideas for an alternate explanation.

· Discuss whether your area of concern in your peer’s chosen video is different than the area your peer shared.

· If the same, how does your alternate explanation differ from theirs?

· If different, offer an alternative explanation to the video’s and your peer’s.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Among the various methods used for factoring, the AC method stands out for its effectiveness in factoring trinomials with a leading coefficient greater than 1. In this discussion, I chose the AC method, underlining & explaining its significance and potential areas for improvement. Factoring polynomials is a basic idea in algebra that’s really important for doing things like solving equations, making expressions simpler, and figuring out how functions work.

The video I picked is about the AC method and how it’s used to factor polynomials. It starts by explaining how to factor trinomials using this method. This includes figuring out which terms have the highest and lowest degrees, multiplying them together, adding them up, and then grouping them to factor them. Throughout the video, there are examples that show step-by-step how to use the AC method with different kinds of polynomial expressions.

I felt it was an important aspect underlining the significance of the AC method in efficiently factoring polynomials, particularly trinomials with a leading coefficient greater than 1. By utilizing the product and sum of the leading coefficient and constant term, this method simplifies the factoring process and allows for easier identification of factors.

While the video offers a pretty good overview of the AC method, I feel it could have provided a more depth explanation of the rationale behind the method. To enhance understanding, a more thorough explanation of why the product and sum of the leading coefficient and constant term could be significant in factoring which could be helpful. For example, clarifying how these values help in identifying suitable factor pairs and facilitating the grouping process would provide students with a deeper understanding of the method’s mechanics. Also, showing that the product of the leading coefficient and constant term represents the potential factor pairs of the polynomial, while the sum indicates the desired combination that leads to the middle term, can help demystify the process for students. Additionally, providing visual aids or real-life examples to show the concept’s applicability in problem-solving scenarios can help students like myself comprehend and understand the material better – applying a real-life situation to the scenario makes it better for students to understand the material better as it can get frustrating to understand.

References:

– Larson, R., Boswell, L., & Kanold, T. (2019). Algebra 1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

– Sullivan, M., & Miranda, K. (2018). College Algebra. Pearson.