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Re: to Dave, Jerry and the list
Posted:
Jun 29, 1997 5:35 PM


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>Reform stresses analysis (algebra) along with (equally) the numerical, >>graphical and verbal; it does not stress only the numerical, graphical >and >verbal. Think of it as more numerical, graphical and verbal than >previously, >not less algebra. > >Lin McMullin >Ballston Spa, NY
This is the problem. Something's gotta give here, gang. If the numerical, graphical and verbal are all stressed equally, algebra must give. It does. We all teach calculus under finite constraints; when something is added, something else must go.
This is not a good thing or a bad thing, it just is a REAL thing. I no longer have TIME to teach centers of mass or moments of inertia, for instance. So my students are considerably weaker at finding volumes, surface areas and arc lengths, with or without calculators. Hopefully they are skilled at something else equally important.
It is ironic that numerical analysis, once deemed so important, is being cut entirely from the AP syllabus. Simpson's wonderful rule is no more. So RungaKutta is really going to be catchup time for them in about two or three years into their math careers. Who will design the calculators and computers of tomorrow?
Lawrence S. Braden lbraden@sps.edu St. Paul's School Concord, NH 03301 (603)2259104



