eJMT Abstract

Title Branch Completeness in School Mathematics and in Computer Algebra Systems
Volume 1
Number 3

In many cases when solving school algebra problems (e. g., simplifying an expression, solving an equation), the solution is separable into branches in some manner. The paper describes some approaches to branches that are used in school textbooks and computer algebra systems and compares them with mathematically branch-complete solutions. It tries to identify possible reasons behind different approaches and also indicate some ideas of how such differences could be explained to the students.