Students often view questions about polynomials—finding the zeros of a polynomial function, solving a polynomial equation, factoring a polynomial, or writing a polynomial function given certain properties—as discrete, unconnected processes. To address students' confusion about the many directions given for working with polynomial functions and to enable them to gain a true, conceptual understanding of polynomial functions, I created a graphic organizer (see fig. 1).


Edited by Jennifer Wexler,, New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL

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Donna M. Young,, teaches high school mathematics at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Maryland. A National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Mathematics, she is interested in cooperative learning strategies.

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