This paper describes students’ solutions to a commonly taught and not commonly taught inequality. The findings showed students’ difficulties. Participants implicitly and explicitly exhibited two intuitive beliefs: inequalities must result in inequalities and solving inequalities and equations are the same process. Following the analysis of students’ written solutions, individual interviews were conducted that gave a better insight into their reasoning and provided some ideas for teaching. The concluding section of the paper offers relevant educational implications.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology|
|State||Published - 2004|