Date: May 1, 2004 6:15 AM
Author: Toni Lassila
Subject: Re: Failing Linear Algebra:
On 01 May 2004 00:28:02 GMT, Anonymous wrote:

>Right. But I still think it's possible to know the definition of something

>*without* being able to state or explain the definition clearly.

Clearness is in the mind of the reader, but accuracy should not be

lacking. My measure theory prof complained how he was exasperated at

students who studied the three basic theorems of integral convergence

theory, but when prompted to define them in the test, gave garbled up

versions that were close but not even close. Why bother studying

something and learning definitions and theorems if you don't learn

them *correctly*?

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