
Re: Why algebra **VS** geometry?
Posted:
Apr 16, 1995 9:11 AM


On Fri, 14 Apr 1995, Vince Devlin wrote:
> I have been reading the recent discussions concerning "algebra vs > geometry" with great interest. However, contained within these > discussions, I have sensed some other conflicts: >  high school math education vs college math education >  isolated math courses vs an integrated math curriculum >  subjectbased curriculum vs an integrated school curriculum
 I'm editing a lot out  >=20 > the primary issue of algebra vs geometry.=20
 when was there a war between algebra and geometry? was it before or after the FrancoPrussian one? =20 I don't recall! 
> =20 > By looking at algebra and geometry as separate fields of study, do we > create the same situation as considering math and science as distinct > disciplines? The division that we imply within these two intertwined > areas of mathematics tends to reinforce the artificial barrier that has > existed between algebra and geometry for many years. >=20
 there's no barrier between algebra and geometry  I presume you mean between the teaching of these two subjects in some benighted places!  =20 > As a high school teacher, I listen to students compare algebra to > geometry. Many like one better than the other. Although we may not see > this distinction in the subjects, if they do, then it=B9s real! >=20 > Do you feel that there is a need for: >  an integration of algebra and geometry into a single continuum? >  maintaining the study of algebra and geometry as separate courses?
 Well, I've made my opinions plain! (I recognize that of course we are agreeing with each other, and have phrased my opinions as I did just for fun!)
John Conway

