Factor Polynomials Using Special Products: Difference of Two Squares

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Factoring patterns are not magic! Show your classes how to model the difference of two squares' factors using an area model. Learners manipulate the width and length of two squares to represent the polynomial a^2-b^2. They use the model to build the factors (a+b)(a-b).

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Work through the interactive as a class to ensure pupils make the right connections
Classroom Considerations

  • Must create a free CK-12 to access interactive materials
  • Requires a strong understanding of area and area models
Pros

  • Provides hints within the interactive challenge questions
  • Includes background information as a link within the interactive component
Cons

  • None