Through this research into the solution of the cubic, I hope to learn the thoughts of mathematicians during this period of history. This knowledge must be conveyed in a way that is historically and mathematically accurate, yet comprehensible and readily available to use in a class of eighth grade math students. It is my wish that as we begin to delve into the world of algebraic and graphical solutions to the problems in the eighth grade text, students will be able to make a connection with this information to that they are currently using to solve their problems. They should be made aware of the importance of math throughout history and able to enjoy parts of this problem-solving experience. It is commonly assumed that solving the quadratic equation is the algebraic pinnacle of the middle school curriculum. Through this paper and by using a historical approach I hope to present the cubic to future eigth graders. The motivation for doing this is follows.
"Cardano's Solution to the Cubic: A Mathematical Soap Opera,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol2/iss1/7