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Re: The New Calculus
Posted:
Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM


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 twohundred 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>



