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ERIC Number: EJ817795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
One Concept and Two Narrations: The Case of the Logarithm
Hamdan, May
PRIMUS, v18 n6 p546-553 Nov 2008
Through an account of the history of exponential functions as presented in traditional calculus textbooks, I present my observations and remarks on the spiral development of the concept, and my concerns about the general presentations of the subject. In this article I emphasize how the different arrangements and sequencing of the subjects required for the development of the concept of the logarithm would lead to different definitions. A slow process that requires gradual maturity and readiness precedes the formal foundation of the concept. One statement can be considered a definition according to one arrangement, and a theorem according to another arrangement. This study is primarily addressed to teachers, or to mathematics education students in a content-based mathematics education class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A