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Title: A study on the teaching of Chinese $Fangcheng$ method (The study of the history of mathematics 2017)
Authors: Su, Yi-Wen
Su, Jim-Hong
Ying, Jia-Ming
Author's alias: 蘇, 意雯
蘇, 俊鴻
英, 家銘
Keywords: 01A25
History of Chinese Mathematics
Linear Equations
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Publisher: Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University
Journal title: 数理解析研究所講究録別冊
Volume: B71
Start page: 57
End page: 65
Abstract: The Nine Chapters on the Art of Mathematics has played a very important role and been considered as a classic in the history of Chinese mathematics. We formed a research team which used this material to introduce to high school students the setting of an equation, explaining its problem and method using the Fangcheng chapter of the Chinese classic. The main goal of this lesson plan was to introduce the Fangcheng method of solving systems of linear equations, so that students can naturally develop understanding of the concept of the matrix and its operations, and appreciate the Chinese cultural heritage as well. Thus, helping them realize that mathematics came from real life, we aroused students' interests. Among 33 respondents of the survey, 29 thought this course helped them understand the methods and basic concepts, and 28 said it enhanced their mathematical literacy. Obviously, introducing the Fangcheng chapter and Fangcheng method from the Chinese classic, and linking them to the learning of the matrix, we can enhance students' understanding and their beliefs about the cultural aspects of mathematics.
Description: "The study of the history of mathematics 2017". September 19-22, 2017. edited by Shigeru Jochi. The papers presented in this volume of RIMS Kôkyûroku Bessatsu are in final form and refereed.
Rights: © 2018 by the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University. All rights reserved.
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