Algebra tiles are arguably the most common and useful manipulative in the algebra classroom. They are also one of the most misunderstood. Advocates are wholehearted and love to show off the exciting...

# Tag: areamodel

The area model's true strength is in multiplication. However, division bears a close enough relationship (they are inverse operations) to multiplication that we can use the area model to divide as...

The area model is a tool for organizing multiplication and division problems. The area model helps to ensure that each place value of one factor (one of the numbers being multiplied) is appropriately...

The area model is a powerful visual tool for organizing multi-digit multiplication. It is build on the premise that the area of a rectangle is the length of the rectangle times the width. Thus, when...

The area model is one way of organizing our place-value calculations while completing a multi-step multiplication problem. Just like any other multiplication "method" or "algorithm," the area model...

It's tempting to think that squaring a binomial means simply squaring each term. I mean, if math is logical and makes sense, it should be that easy, right? Yet, algebra students (and even students...