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Your question is one that I wrestled with for many years when I taught a similar course. I, too, used the UCSMP text. I loved the text but considered the problem solving not at the level of the reading in the text or the level of the students reading the text. I had also at that time use the Brown/ Robbins Advanced mathematics text by Houghton Mifflin publishers. Dick Brown was to have a new version of the text ready for the spring of 1999. Look and see if it is available. For vectors, I used the old 1980's Precalculus text by Paul Forester. It emphasized the 3-D version of vectors, normals, planes, etc. I think that the students that you described need to do this type of thinking or they will be "dissolved" in college physics and engineering. -Marielouise, for the Teacher2Teacher service
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