From Arrays to Algebra
When we learned multiplication, it was simple--we just memorized our tables, learned a few procedures, and then we were done. But now there are so many different ways of multiplying...and arrays--what's up with those arrays? Why is there so much emphasis on this particular representation of multiplication?
It turns out that arrays lend themselves to a deep understanding not just of multiplication of whole numbers, but of arithmetic with fractions as well as ideas in Algebra that, in our days, were pretty abstract.
This workshop takes a look at how various mathematical ideas can be represented using arrays. By learning these representations, you will be able to ask the right questions to help your child make these connections when they see them in class.