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Creativity break: Why is creativity important in algebra?

Students and professionals share what makes creativity so important in algebra. Created by Khan Academy.

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  • leaf green style avatar for user Indira Viswesh
    If Alegbra was a repersentaion of creativty. What other math forms use the same format as algebra.
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    • mr pink green style avatar for user David Severin
      By looking at the last sentence of the video, "snf the beautiful thing is that this balancing and solving equations can be done in many different ways which is where creativity comes in" sums it up pretty well for me. To me, this means that higher math such as Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-cal, Calculus, and beyond all have that same perspective of allowing for creativity because there is more than one path to get to the same place. While upper math is still about patterns, it is being able to view these patterns from different angles as part of this creativity. Even though I have studied math for over 50 years and taught it for over 20, my students as well as those working on Khan Academy can notice things from a different perspective, and we can analyze together and determine if that will work all or most of the time (sone math rules have a few exceptions) or find a counterexample to show that it may not always work. Even when it may not work, there is still a lot of creativity, thinking, and analyzing that strengthens the brain and can be applied to other areas beyond math.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user logan.reed
    was the second person to talk, the person who voices all of the videos?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Hunter ^-^
    Why is creativity apart of algebra its just numbers...
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    • mr pink green style avatar for user David Severin
      It is numbers, letters, equations, etc. and the creativity of math and algebra comes from the fact that there is often numerous ways to do things in math, so you can choose a variety of paths to get to the same answer. Number sense which I coach is a good example of creativity in math.
      Examples: 15x34 can be done with writing down things and multiplying, or you could double 15 and cut 34 in half (30*17) which is a much easier multiplication to get 510 which can be done in your head. You can show that (10x+5)^2=100x^2+100x+25, factor out 100x in first two to get 100(x)(x+1)+25, this allows you to multiply 45^2 in your head (100)(4(5)+25=2025. 95^2=100*9*10+25=9025. How numbers are related to each other and can be manipulated to make calculations easier is very creative and makes math fun.
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  • male robot johnny style avatar for user frailyndelossantos
    its imnportant because like the thing is for people math is important because its pretty much something you will do somewhere in your life.
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  • male robot johnny style avatar for user chess24player
    why is algebra important in real life??
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  • leaf blue style avatar for user jacobthebluewolf2009
    is that a team PARTNERSIP WITH khan academy and...........A D O B E
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  • mr pants green style avatar for user wyattreg24
    Shut up no it's not...
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    garbarge
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Video transcript

(upbeat music) - It's all about solving problems. It's not about, like maybe in previous years you've done multiplication table memorization. It's not like memorizing how to solve problems. It's learning the tools of how to solve problems and then using them and building them up in creative ways. So it really does remind me of art because if you are doing a painting or something, you have specific tools about maybe paint brushes or different techniques you can use to create something bigger. So I feel like algebra is really all about combining things that you already know how to do into something bigger. - So the word algebra comes from the Arabic word algebra that literally translates to reunion of broken parts. This is breaking apart of mathematical representations and putting it back together in the form of balanced equations is the essence of algebra. And the beautiful thing is that this balancing and solving of equations can be done in many different ways which is where creativity comes in.