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  •  you can do calculus without epsilons and deltas. (4+ / 0-)

    It's how it was done throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Just saying.

    Silvio Levy

    •  That's good to know (3+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, codairem, Larsstephens

      It's such orthodoxy now that the ability of students to understand calculus now seems to me to hinge on the teacher's ability to communicate the meaning of the proof.

      Otherwise, math beyond trig is basically limited to kids who have the natural talent to visualize math and kids who have the ability to just push through with what they know.

      I'm a synthetic thinker, so if I can't "see" something it's nearly impossible for me to make heads or tails of it. That might also explain why I put so much emphasis on e-d.

      Maybe we should go back to some earlier styles of teaching?

      Government is not instituted for the good of the governor, but of the governed; and power is not an advantage, but a burden. -Algernon Sidney

      by James Robinson on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 01:34:53 PM PDT

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