ERIC Number: EJ838172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Proof in Mathematics and Mathematics Education
Lutzer, Carl V.
PRIMUS, v15 n4 p374-384 Dec 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 answer from a practical point of view.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Emotional Response, Student Attitudes, College Mathematics, Calculus, Algebra
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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