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Topic: The New Calculus
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Louis Talman

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Re: The New Calculus
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM
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On Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:18:10 -0600, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote:

> What was your experience with limits in high school?

Zero, zilch, nada!

My high school went no further than trigonometry. It was alleged that
they did solid geometry, but the math teachers replaced it with more trig.

I won't pretend that I had a very deep understanding of limit when I took
freshman calculus, but I had an intuitive feel for the notion that was
probably as good as the intuitive notion that sufficed for two-hundred
years.

I wasn't asked to think deeply about epsilons and deltas until my junior
year in college. Then, during my senior year, I took a general topology
course from Simmons' book. That course saw my understanding of the
limit/continuity concept begin to solidify.

- --Lou Talman

Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Metropolitan State University of Denver

<http://rowdy.msudenver.edu/~talmanl>



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