n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - On numerical insight and the "magic" of square numbers

Volume 2011, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


A numerical insight is manifested by an intuitive view of mathematical constructs and their association with arithmetic operations; by a feeling that there is a connection between things; by the ability to mobilize knowledge and previous experience in order to develop various solution strategies; by comprehension of different solving methods; and by demonstrating openness for new ways. Different people solve the same task in different "individual" ways, evoking a feeling that mathematics is not just a rigid subject but is rather a subject with a wide perspective. Developing original solution methods allows control over the process and enhances self-confidence. Numerical insight (like geometrical insight) relates to general mathematical orientation, not merely to a specific mathematical chapter.

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