A student enrolled in my honors math 3 class, which starts Monday, stopped by today because he will miss Tuesday’s lesson. This quick post is just to give him a head start with a neat conceptual tool that has been gaining popularity recently, called “exploding dots”. We will very quickly use this to review basic arithmetic and ties to polynomials.

The following video and the rest in the series on YouTube introduce the concept.

A website = Exploding Dots

And here is a student workbook – intended for middle school, but interesting for anyone who has not been exposed to this concept. Exploding Dots_Student Version