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Why trig?
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Apr 3, 1997 4:17 PM




Re: Why trig?
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Mar 31, 1997 3:26 PM


Addressed to: tcorica@peddie.k12.nj.us (tcorica) mathteach@forum.swarthmore.edu
** Reply to note from tcorica@peddie.k12.nj.us (tcorica) Mon, 31 Mar 1997 13:39:09 0500
> Trig is easy to defend!
Why is it that questions from students about different bits of math cause so much agitation among teachers?
I wonder how often English teachers get "why should we study Shakespeare?" I don't know about the often, but I suspect their answer is that people without passing knowledge of old Will are ignorant.
As for trig, those without passing knowledge of trig are just as uninformed as those who wouldn't know Macbeth from Macdonalds. Personally, I'd put calculus on the list for everybody too, and you can't really make much sense of calculus unless you are comfortable with trig.
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