n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Factorisation : looking for patterns

Volume 2005, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


The division of a polynomial by a binomial occurs in the context of applying the factor theorem when factorising third degree polynomials in one variable. After learners arrive at the linear factor they find it difficult to arrive at the corresponding quadratic factor. An investigation into the matric examiners' reports for 2001 (KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, 2002; Gauteng Department of Education, 2002) indicated that the technique of dividing a polynomial by a binomial (long division) was / is still taught to learners. The Interim Core syllabus for Ordinary Grade Mathematics 160407707 (Grade 9) had to be phased in by January 1998.

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