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8 Different Ways to Think of the Derivative

In his paper The Transition to Formal Thinking in Mathematics, David Tall presents W.P. Thurston’s seven different ways to think of the derivative: Infinitesimal: the ratio of the infinitesimal change in the value of a function to the infinitesimal change in a function. Symbolic: the derivative of x^n is nx^n−1, the derivative of sin(x) is cos(x), the… Read More »

Levels of Problem Solving Skills

Here is one way of describing students levels of problem solving skills in mathematics. I call them levels of problem solving skills rather than process of reflective abstraction as described in the original paper. As math teachers it is important that we are aware of our students learning trajectory in problem solving so we can… Read More »

Levels of understanding of function in equation form

There are at least three representational systems used to study function: graphs, tables and equations. But unlike graphs and tables that are used to visually show the relationships between two varying quantities, students first experience with equation is not as a representation of function but a statement which state the condition on a single unknown quantity.  Also,… Read More »

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