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Does knowing about Descartes help students understand the Cartesian coordinate system? Will teaching students the origin of the term parabola help them understand the mathematical importance of parabolas and other related matters? A team of mathematicians at Black Hills State University were curious about such matters, so they decided to investigate what the effects of including historical modules in college algebra might be in regards to students' understanding and mathematical communication. The results of their study can be found within this helpful article which was added as part of the online magazine, Convergence. Visitors to the site can read through the entire article, which includes information on the modules themselves and a summary of the team's findings.
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