1.1 Background of Study
Mathematics is an aspect of science dealing with numbers. These numbers which are basic element of
mathematics are abstract because these objects, which cannot be hold, felt or seen. However, lassa (1993) pointed out that mathematics is a subject which finds answer to questions. Mathematics is a subject thus, the subject of numbers or other symbols and how these numbers and symbols are related to one another. The field of mathematics, due to its broad nature has been divided into number of branches. These include Arithmetic’s, geometry, algebra, analytic geometry, calculus and statistics, mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students in secondary schools in Nigeria. Mathematics, a subject, dislike by many students is considered both demanding and difficult due to its abstract nature. The obstacle which thwarts proper inculcation and assimilation of some mathematical processes by teacher and students emanate from a variety of ways.
Mathematics occupies a central place in the school curriculum of all level of the Nigeria school system.
Mathematics is bedrock of science and technology. No nature can hope to achieve any measure of scientific and technology advancement without proper foundation in school mathematics (Emalkwa, 1996, Iyorum, 2006).