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Topic: x^n
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Herbert Kasube

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Re: x^n
Posted: Feb 18, 1998 12:50 PM
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On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, David A. Olson wrote:

> After the students understand the product rule, use mathematical
> induction to show that the derivative of x^n is n x^(n-1). (This
> approach is "out of order" in most Calculus books, but so what.)

This is really a nice idea...

I have often used this inductive approach with my discrete mathematics
class to illustrate an example of where the two courses can overlap. I
feel that showing connections between mathematics courses is very

Herb Kasube
Department of Mathematics
Bradley University
Peoria, IL 61625

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