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Applications or Engagement?
Over the years I’ve lost confidence in the idea that applications of mathematics make the subject any more interesting or easier to grasp. It is perhaps not a clever thing to say in public because of the obvious objections. But … Continue reading
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Calculus and the language metaphor revisited
After some weeks of intensive calculus teaching (I teach one class in English and one in Swedish) to the backdrop of my discussions in the US, some ideas are beginning to jell. The English class is experimental, the Swedish is … Continue reading
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Third week of teaching calculus
The third week was devoted to differentiation. I motivated the derivative briefly with it being a concept that captures the ideas of rates of changes linearization (tangent lines) finding local max and min Then we dug into the definition and … Continue reading
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Second week of teaching calculus
The week passed roughly according to my plan. The guiding problem, which is central to my approach, worked almost as intended. The students worked on it in groups on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday I had planned an extra algebra … Continue reading
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Teaching experiments in Calculus
I’ve started to teach a calculus class for our International Business Engineers. This is the fourth time around. I’ve done it differently each time, but never really been satisfied with what I have achieved (or the students for that matter). … Continue reading
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