__Electronic Proceedings
of the 12 ^{th} Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics__

**Abstract
for 12860**

*Learning
Algebra the Creative and Magical Way*

Authors: Poh
Yew Teoh

Affiliations: Creative Wizard Pte. Ltd., Malaysian Invention and

Design Society, Malaysian
Association of Professional Speakers

Keywords: ,
algebra, mathematical magic, card tricks, creativity

Algebra seems to be a subject that
some students find it trivial but

most find
it difficult. In order to pursue mathematics to a higher

level,
students must certainly learn to use algebra, but perhaps

first and
foremost they should learn to see it, to discover it, to

play with
it and to be surprised by it. Since our students seldom

see any
application of algebra in their daily life, we, mathematic

educators
can develop their interest in algebra by adopting some

creative
approach such as mesmerizing them with mathematical magic.

Many students have difficulty
making the transition from arithmetic

to
algebra. Often this difficulty first appears when students

attempt to
create algebraic equations to represent word problems. In

this
workshop the participants will discover several amazing

mathematical
magic using Flash and card tricks that can be explained

by
translating the magical phenomena into algebraic terms or

equations.
To further enhance the algebraic concept learnt,

mathematics
educators will see some examples as how we can prompt

students
to invent their own magic or to improve on the existing

magic.
Mathematical Content Covered: "Translating magical phenomena

into
algebraic terms or equations", "Simplifying algebraic

expression",
"Expansion and factorization", "Quadratic equations"

Target audience: Upper primary and
lower secondary schools

mathematics
teachers as well as teacher trainers