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Topic: Why trig?
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George Yanos

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Re: Why trig?
Posted: Mar 31, 1997 3:26 PM
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Addressed to: tcorica@peddie.k12.nj.us (tcorica)
math-teach@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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