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Topic: O&Z for BC? -Reply
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Alaine Gorfinkle

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O&Z for BC? -Reply
Posted: Jun 19, 1997 6:27 PM
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Hi All,

This is my first contribution to this list, but felt that I had to put my 2cents

I have used Larson & Hostetler Calculus book for years and would not
discard it despite the fact that it is missing those few topics (perhaps 1
weeks teaching out of the entire year). I have tried other texts and can
find none that compares to the readability of this book. My students have
continually complimented this text for the clear way in which concepts
were explained. So I recommend that you hang on to it and use O&Z or
the Harvard text as a supplement since both contain wonderful problems
to challenge you students.

On the topic of Reform I offer the following thoughts:

Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but I often wonder if my appreciation for some
of the "new aproaches" to the topics of Calculus is a result of my
knowing the material already. I say to myself, "that's an interesting way
of presenting ...". But I'm not so sure that I would have the depth and
breadth of understanding the concept if it was taught to me that way
when I began to learn.

So, despite the call for change and reform, I probably will move
cautiously and undoubtedly continue many traditional approaches with
my BC students, since I am confident that they will gain understanding
and insight the "old" way. This does not mean that technology will not
play a role in my teaching and guided explorations. Of course it will be a
component of the course, but not the cornerstone. And Yes: I will teach
the MVT and prove The First Fund Theorem!!! I certainly think it more
important than Slope-fields or Euler's Method.

Sorry to have gone on for so long... Alaine

Alaine Gorfinkle
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(212) 517-5955

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