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Category Archives: Teaching
Math Students Hunt For Errors in False Proofs!
Communicating mathematics is a crucial part of a developing mathematician’s career. Really, any mathematician’s career. In the classroom, with peers, and at conferences, math students organize their learning and research in order to effectively question and convey concepts that require … Continue reading
Solvitur Ambulando
An algebraist, a finitist, and a determinist walk into a statistics classroom. They are all the same person and worse: the teacher, so the joke is on the students. For reasons still partly obscure to me, my department has given … Continue reading
Posted in Grad student life, Math, Math History, Math Teaching, Statistics, Teaching
Tagged nature of proof, paradox, probability theory, Zeno of Elea
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What is an Infinitesimal?
A guest post from Reginald Anderson at Kansas State University. Firsttime learners of calculus often struggle with the notion of an infinitesimal, and considering $\frac{dy}{dx}$ literally as a fraction can lead students astray in Calculus III and differential equations, when … Continue reading
Posted in Algebraic Geometry, Math Education, Teaching
Tagged Algebraic geometry, Math, Teaching
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Reflections on Time and Space in Mathematics Classrooms
During this semester of teaching, I have decided to focus on the ways in which I engage with time and space in the classroom. To frame this consideration, I have been looking at a book chapter entitled Landscaping Classrooms Towards … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Social Justice, Teaching
Tagged Math Education, Social Justice, Teaching
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