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Re: San Antonio Calc Reform Sessions
Posted:
Jan 21, 1993 10:10 PM


Seems like a bad philosophy to me. What is the educational objective here? Why should the students believe the assumptions we ask them to make? Perhaps I have an odd viewpoint since I teach mostly engineers when I teach calculus, but for them a convincing correctbutnotrigorous explanation seems about right. For math and science majors I still don't think calculus is the right place to give nontrivial proofs; I prefer to do this in linear algebra or number theory where the assumptions or axioms are much weaker. In any case we probably should discuss this on a case by case basis. It might be useful to share some of the proofs that have been successful in calculus courses. Mark bri (BRIDGER@NORTHEASTERN.EDU)



