Sum and Difference of Cubes: Stacking Blocks

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Investigate polynomial factoring patterns by finding a connection to volume. As learners build a three-dimensional solid from smaller solids, they convert the visual model to a mathematical expression. Their models represent the sum of two cubes, and their expressions determine the factoring pattern.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom and assign the video as homework; use class time for the interactive portion of the lesson
  • Record an example of each pattern as notes
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  • Requires a free CK-12 account to use lesson resources
  • Creates a visual model to represent the polynomial identity
  • Includes challenge questions within the simulation
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