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Category Archives: Teaching
Pedagogy of the oppressors
It seems like everyone these days has got teaching advice. The sheer volume can be overwhelming, but it’s heartening that most of it seems to be centered around how to treat students (and ourselves) more humanely amid health and economic … Continue reading
Math Students Hunt For Errors in False Proofs!
Communicating mathematics is a crucial part of a developing mathematicianâ€™s career. Really, any mathematicianâ€™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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