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Topic: Understanding Calculus and Higher Mathematics without Geometry?
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Christopher M. Vanderwall-Brown

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From: Mercer Island, WA, USA/Lake Oswego, OR, USA
Registered: 7/9/08
Re: Understanding Calculus and Higher Mathematics without Geometry?
Posted: Sep 22, 2008 9:39 AM
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While I agree Euclid is an excellent work on Plane Geometry and Solids, I'm afraid Euclid is at times, ambiguous. There is not always a clear denomination of ideas when analyzing the fundamental rules. I actually found a book that clearly explains things.

My biggest problem has been discussion. I've found a great number of books, many of which are excellent subjects on the topic, but none have answers to key questions asked. I want an explanation of thinking questions. I don't have all the answers and perhaps instead of a direct answer I need a hint or a new way of looking at it. Something that will enable my brain to see what is as yet unseen.

A previous poster (or one of our members who emailed me directly. Thank you in either case.) mentioned that I should look to finding a group of students and possibly teachers who have the necessary skills to answer my questions. For example, spending time at the UW and looking for a tutoring table, or study table for advanced math. I still need to build up the courage to try. What's the worst thing they can do, ask me to leave? Charge me with trespassing on public property? If it's just students I shouldn't have a problem.

In any regards, Heath made an excellent translation and I will study it. I was thinking at one point and perhaps still of attending St. Johns College as a way to shore up my deficiencies. Then again, I am not sure that would solve everything. It might give me the means to ask real questions though. Something I still struggle with.

Best Regards,
-Christopher M. Vanderwall-Brown

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