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Deltas and Epsilons
Posted:
Jun 10, 1997 4:25 PM


In a message dated 970610 11:29:59 EDT, Lou Talman wrote, in a very different context
<< But the students I have to teach at my institution would be completely overwhelmed by the epsilondelta definition. >>
As are students everywhere. My question is are they overwhelmed by the concept in general or are they overwhelmed by the complicated and trickey and often obscure algebraic manipulation required to find the proper deltaepsilon relationship for all but the simplest limits? (Same question applies to Proofs by Induction.) I have found that they spend so much time doing the algebra that, once they get a correct relationship (that's part of the problem, there is no "the" correct relationship), that the have lost sight of the big picture?
What do you think?
Lin McMullin Ballston Spa, NY



