Teaching a New Method of Partial Fraction Decomposition to Senior Secondary Students: Results and Analysis from a Pilot Study

Yiu-Kwong Man, Allen Yuk-Lun Leung

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a new approach to compute the partial fraction
decompositions of rational functions and describe the results of its trials at three
secondary schools in Hong Kong. The data were collected via quizzes, questionnaire and interviews. In general, according to the responses from the teachers and students concerned, this new approach has potential to be introduced at the senior secondary level, as an alternative to the method of undetermined coefficients described in common secondary mathematics textbooks. Some remarks on the related pedagogical issues are included.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2012

User-Defined Keywords

  • Partial fraction decomposition
  • the Improved Heaviside approach
  • cover-up techniques

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