## FOIL is for BAKED CHICKEN

Here is why I believe that the FOIL method for multiplying two binomial expressions should NOT be used:
The underlying premise of the FOIL method is that students must first be able to identify a binomial. However, most instructors do not seem to stress enough that the FOIL method can only be used to multiply two binomials. We can only speculate on the reason for why they might not do this – Maybe they only teach multiplying binomials so they do not need to make any distinction or maybe whey wrongly assume that students will be able to identify a binomial. However, in my opinion, if a student cannot identify a binomial, then they should not even be using the FOIL method.
Either way, what worries me the most is that fact that a student will get to a problem that involves multiplying expressions that are not binomials and will not know what to do. If I...