posted by:

Deborah Ball
on May 12, 2003
at 12:15PM

subject:

Considering Students’ Definitions of Even Number

Several studentgenerated definitions of “Even Number” were presented–
 An even number is a number you can split in two equal parts without having to break anything in half.
 An even number is a number that when you group it in twos, there are none left.
 The even numbers are every other number on the number line, like 2, 4, 6, and so on.
How well does each work as a mathematical definition? How well does it help to answer the question of whether 0 is to be considered even or odd?

