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measuring CSfriendliness of math textbooks (criteria?)
Posted:
Feb 19, 2014 1:45 PM



In this essay, posted last night to mathteach / Math Forum, I ask the question: what K12 math textbooks might be considered the most computer science friendly?
http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2620194
That brings up the question of what criteria to apply, and the example I give is: introduces the concept of "function" with some examples that include operating with strings (characters) or other nonnumeric inputs.
One hallmark of CS is its algorithms are often only "semi numeric" i.e. numbers enter into it, but so do other types of object. Tradebooks like 'Godel, Escher, Bach' make it clear that mathematics is not strictly confined to "numbers" where concepts such as "function" are concerned.
I'm imagining a listing of mathematics textbook titles with several columns of criteria, either with a check or an X, measuring how friendly this textbook's way of teaching mathematics is to computer science, meaning it provides smooth segues, jumping off points, topics, for going back and forth between them etc. What else?
Another criterion: programming and programming languages are at least mentioned, perhaps only in a side bar. Actually using a programming language would be another column. And so on.
Kirby



