tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-922276422908624431.post373114280331791863..comments2024-09-03T22:21:44.141-07:00Comments on The Power of Epsilon: An Interesting Insight into the Notion of CalculusEpsilon Givenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16772806403046781521noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-922276422908624431.post-22590200495567294362024-09-03T22:21:44.141-07:002024-09-03T22:21:44.141-07:00I haven't taught any classes for years, but I ...I haven't taught any classes for years, but I have given a lot of thought to ways Calculus can be taught. I have been attracted to the idea that a good way to approach the topic is historically -- perhaps even teaching physics and calculus together, at the same time -- and then gradually refine it to what we have today.<br /><br />As for the book, unfortunately, I can't remember the name. I can't even remember if it was an Algebra or a Calculus book!Epsilon Givenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16772806403046781521noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-922276422908624431.post-44760511457247440432024-09-03T17:44:05.143-07:002024-09-03T17:44:05.143-07:00Interesting. I have a friend who teaches Calculus ...Interesting. I have a friend who teaches Calculus at a junior college probably forty miles from me and his thesis is that the problem with calculus is the authors of the books do not present it as THEY learned it, but as they remember it now, having once learned it. <br />The last time I saw him, he said that Mathematics was in fact symbol manipulation according to certain rules. This is almost exactly what you said was the implication of eliminating the concept of "variable" that you read in the introduction to the book you didn't buy. My friend has been busy with his children as well as his courseload, so I haven't been able to discuss this with him any deeper. <br />By any chance, do you remember the name of the book? Windy Wilsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01951254236693386401noreply@blogger.com