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### Course: College Algebra > Unit 4

Lesson 5: Factoring quadratics with difference of squares- Creativity break: How can people get creative in algebra
- Difference of squares intro
- Factoring quadratics: Difference of squares
- Factoring difference of squares: leading coefficient ≠ 1
- Factoring difference of squares: analyzing factorization
- Factoring difference of squares: shared factors
- Difference of squares

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# Creativity break: How can people get creative in algebra

Experts share how we can get creative in algebra. Created by Khan Academy.

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- So True. Mathematics helps us understand wonderful and ancient things, which only until now we could not understand. And that's the thing with math even if you don't know how to use it, it's still there from taking you to outer space to knowing how much sugar to put on your cake. If you take the time to learn the beautiful language of mathematics, you can begin to see the strange and mysterious language of life, and not just what is in front of you.(24 votes)
- Wow. If anyone also is amazed vote up. It is very cool.(7 votes)

- Just thinking about the Universe with math and physics is fascinating(13 votes)
- I still don't get how slopes and curves help with daily life(3 votes)
- They are used all the time in finance, building, design, engineering, science, sports and recreation, etc.(16 votes)

- the delivery on this could be a lot better. Seeing a cute young girl smiling is nice and all, but like, there was zero effort put into providing the "why?".

Heck, pick one small problem where math was used and showcase it or something like that.... An engineer fixing an electrical problem? something...(7 votes) - Can you study algebra everyday to get better at it?(5 votes)
- absolute hogwash. Math is just numbers and stuff.(0 votes)
- Did you know that the keyboard you just typed this with wouldn't exist without Algebra? Though it might feel a bit dull sometimes, Algebra builds the foundation of problem solving.(36 votes)

- What if our careers we want in the future don't require this type of math?❤️(2 votes)

## Video transcript

(upbeat music) - In order to get more creative, I would encourage young people to be not afraid of making mistakes. It's okay to fail while
exploring a new trail of thought. Know that usually there
is more than one solution to the problem. Math is as much about posing
problems as problem solving. And at that point, creativity is noticing where there is something
worthwhile investigating. - As a student in math, I think it's important to remember that math isn't just like
random symbols on paper. Like math can mean something and it's pretty powerful
that you as a student can build something that uses math. Creativity in math isn't just about being able to pluck numbers from the air and like, oh yes, I know the solution. It's about being able to use problems that help with your daily life.