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Although students without a relational view of the equals sign cannot adequately interpret the linear equations, they can still experience some success.
Due to the dominant use of the equals sign it is not surprising that the majority of students view it as an operation.
In addition to the technologies available on the internet, calculators can be used very effectively to show the relational nature of the equals sign.
WILLIAM JONES (1675-1749) AS well as plaguing school children everywhere with the equals sign, it was also aWelsh mathematician who came up with the idea of using the Greek letter p to represent the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter (3.
Children also appear to acquire the notion that the operator is one-directional or left-to-right; they tend to insist that a "math problem" must precede the equals sign and that the answer to the problem must come after the equals sign (Denmark, 1976).
However, it appears that many students in higher grades, even at the college level, do not develop a concept of an equals sign as an indication of a relation.
The finding that children tend to interpret the equals sign as an operator is a robust one (Baroody & Ginsburg, 1983; Behr et al.
Stories such as that of Robert Recorde from Tenby - the inventor of the equals sign and the father of British mathematics, the development of the world research centre for NanoHealth at Swansea University, and the building of the first ever major iron suspension bridge, which carries the A5 across the Menai Straits, deserve to be shared with the people of Wales and beyond.
Invented inWales - everything from aircraft and fuel cells to artificial rain Dinosaurs, nano-health and the equals sign - these are just some of the Welsh contributions to the world of science which would be celebrated in a National Science Museum: The automobile Oliver Evans, born to Welsh immigrant parents in Delaware, USA, invented the first self-propelled vehicle.
But Mr Peto admires the equals sign most and said, 'The fundamental task of designers is to create simple solutions to complex problems.
The same length, and facing in the same direction, the equals sign was a masterpiece of design but many still preferred two vertical lines until centuries later.