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Category: Mathematics

By Filippo Posta, PhD
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

By Ben VanDerLinden, MS
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Math is the language of God.” (Galileo, a few years before being put under house arrest for heresy)

Controversy is a common theme when bringing faith into the classroom, classically to a greater extent in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Many do not think that faith and mathematics are compatible.

However, that has not been our experience.

This is a summary of our successes and failures in the attempt to integrate Grand Canyon University’s Christian mission into our algebra courses.

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By Filippo Posta, Ph.D.
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences  

The hardest problem on a recent algebra exam was:

Factor 30x^2-69x-15

Many students were not able to find the correct answer. However, we can literally cut and paste the problem on a browser’s search box to find its solution (please try). Passing a college algebra course is as difficult as Googling! We don’t have Googling courses, why do we need algebra ones?

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