in article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, daniel grubb <email@example.com> wrote:
|>|Here's one. | |>no. your "reason" is essentially just that some total moron might |>threaten to punish you unless you memorize the definitions. you could |>as easily use such a "reason" to justify any arbitrarily stupid |>behavior. | |Not arbitrary or stupid. | |>|The first question in the exam is likely to be something |>|like the following: |>| |>|1. Give the definition of a vector space. |>| |>|Or perhaps |>| |>|2. Let X be .... |>|Prove that X is a vector space. | |It is certainly reasonable for a linear algebra exam to |have a student show that a certain structure is a vector space!
how do you manage to memorize mathematical definitions when you don't even seem to be able to remember the issue under discussion in a newsgroup thread? the issue was whether there is any reason to memorize definitions by rote instead of just using a piece of paper or computer to memorize them for you, so your comment is entirely irrelevant.