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Topic: Failing Linear Algebra:
Replies: 91   Last Post: Jan 10, 2007 12:56 PM

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 James Dolan Posts: 79 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Failing Linear Algebra:
Posted: May 9, 2004 4:43 PM

in article <c6oo3g\$nd0\$1@news.math.niu.edu>,
dave rusin <rusin@vesuvius.math.niu.edu> wrote:

|>> The student should be able to give a rendition that is at least
|>> equivalent to the one given in the book and that uses precise language.
|>
|> Let me try that one...independence means a group of vectors (in
|> homogenous form???) such that if they all equal the zero vector, then
|> the only possible way for that is the each coefficient of every vector
|> has to equal 0 too.
|
|OK, now, jdolan and others who pooh-poohed the idea of memorizing
|definitions: what say you to this student? Seems to me he has
|made my point for me ...

hi dave. i've been too busy to keep up with this thread lately, but i
happened to glance at the new "linear algebra definitions" thread that
the student in question started a couple of days ago, and it looks

anyway, i think it does students a great disservice to conflate the
very important ability to engage in precise reasoning with the
completely unimportant ability to memorize definitions.

i think another problem in this thread is the conflation of the
question of what are good strategies for students and teachers to use
in a reasonable learning and teaching environment with the question of
what are allegedly tolerable survival strategies for dealing with the
typical u.s. college or university environment.

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