In this paper, we introduce a new approach to compute the partial fraction decompositions of rational functions and describe the results of its trials at three secondary schools in Hong Kong. The data were collected via quizzes, questionnaire and interviews. In general, according to the responses from the teachers and students concerned, this new approach has potential to be introduced at the senior secondary level, as an alternative to the method of undetermined coefficients described in common secondary mathematics textbooks. Some remarks on the related pedagogical issues are included. Copyright © 2012 Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching at Exeter University.
|Journal||International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2012|
CitationMan, Y.-K., & Leung, A. (2012). Teaching a new method of partial fraction decomposition to senior secondary students: Results and analysis from a pilot study. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2012, 1-18.
- Partial fraction decomposition
- The improved Heaviside approach
- Cover-up techniques