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First, Do No Harm
Wouldn’t that be a great stricture for Math Education to adopt, just like medical professionals do? Whatever else you do, make sure you do no harm. You’d think that this would represent a really low standard of math education: that … Continue reading
Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 1
I intend to write some things on operators in mathematics, beginning in this post. Functions and properties will be brought in as appropriate. The idea of operators is absolutely basic and central to computers and computing; they are also important … Continue reading
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The Whole and the Parts – The Series
I’ve written a number of posts where the main theme is a whole that is more than just the sum of the parts. Whenever you have a whole, it is worth looking to see if the nature and the behavior … Continue reading
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Quantity – The Series
In this series, we take a leisurely look at quantities of different kinds. It is rather interesting to find out that there are more than one kind of number, based on what operations make sense to perform on them. For … Continue reading
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Math in the Comics: The Series
In this series, I have collected comic strips that reveal, whether intentionally or unintentionally, something interesting about how our culture views mathematics and mathematics learning. Here are the entries thus far: 1 – a Foxtrot comic on solving equations. For … Continue reading
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