Michael Pershan’s factoring question

Saw this question from Michael Pershan on Twitter today:

I guessed that my kids would multiply out and then pick out 2 as an alternate factor, but there’s really only one way to know for sure what they’d do . . .

For each kid, I asked them to solve the problem and then asked for a second solution that they could get using a different approach. Here’s what they did:





So, there’s 4 mostly different ways that a kid might approach the problem. I’m actually pretty happy that their ideas really didn’t overlap that much 🙂


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