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Lutzer, Carl V. – PRIMUS, 2005
Students sometimes have difficulty in mathematics because they solve problems mechanically, without understanding the ideas represented by their equations. This brief note provides mathematics instructors with ideas for rectifying this fundamental flaw in students' paradigm of problem solving. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Descriptors: Numeracy, Thinking Skills, Computation, Teaching Methods
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Lutzer, Carl V. – PRIMUS, 2005
Especially in their first upper-division mathematics courses, students often have trouble with proofs; and sometimes they object, "This is hard. I do not get it. Why am I doing this?" Though symptomatic of emotional reaction to difficulty, at its heart this is a legitimate question and it deserves a legitimate answer. This article offers one such…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Emotional Response
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Lutzer, Carl V. – Primus, 2001
Describes an activity designed to help students develop a good foundation from the beginning of the transition from multivariate calculus to linear algebra. (MM)
Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education