My linear algebra teacher is strange. This is proof, he wants us to write a 4 page essay about the strengths and weaknesses of the Gaussian Elimination method to solve systems of equations covering these four areas: accuracy, student understanding, preparation for higher-level mathematics, and use of technology.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I have some idea for each area except for the student understanding and preparation for higher-level mathematics. This is what I have and I am wanting to see how it sounds.

Accuracy

Strengths:Weaknesses:

- determine if a system is consistant
- removes the need to rewrite the variables with each step
- easier to solve

- difficult by hand when there are more than 4 equations
- can have accuracy problems when rounding decimals

Student Understanding

Strengths:Weaknesses:

- reinforces the idea that a system of equations work together

- very little experience working with matrices
- tendency to want to skip steps

Preparation for higher-level mathematics

Strengths:Weaknesses:

- increases the understanding of concepts involving matrices
- prepares the students to think mathematically at a higher level

- need ideas

Use of technology

Strengths:Weaknesses:

- helps students to check the work they did by hand
- prepares the students for using matrics in other courses such as computer science and physics

- students relying too heavily on using technology before they have a full understanding of the concepts
- can sometimes still have errors when rounding decimals

I am wondering how does this sound and if anyone has any suggestions to add or to change.

Thank you,

Debi

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