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Topic: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
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Diana Watson

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Registered: 12/8/04
Re: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
Posted: Feb 21, 1996 1:38 PM
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" . . . much of what Fateman says constitue calculus courses (hand
manipulation and filter) are aspects that I think ruin them."

Questions. When are people supposed to learn algebra? Or,
are they supposed to learn algebra at all? I realize that this forum
is about calculus reform, not algebra reform. I also realize that in
an ideal world no student would enter calculus without knowing
algebra, but my class at least is not ideal.
Are we advocating passing students through calculus with at
best a rudimentary knowledge of algebra. Isn't this (or is this) the
equivalent of passing students who can't read at grade level?

I have my own thoughts on this topic which I may write about later,
but I would like to here from others.

Diana Watson
Boston University

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