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Common Core, threat or menace? Or maybe ok after all?

I have a background in math but no contact with secondary education or kids. I hear all sorts of stories ... horror stories mostly ... about the Common Core math curriculum in the USA. Then I hear ...
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Naming of calculus courses

Many people on this site refer to undergraduate courses called "Calculus I" or "Calculus II". In my country (Australia) there is no standard naming convention for university maths courses, and ...
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Most important nonstandard math courses [closed]

Most students with aspirations of a pursuing a PhD in pure mathematics at a top grad school takes the "standard" curriculum as an undergrad which includes 2x algebra, 2x analysis, 1x complex analysis, ...
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Introducing the Lebesgue integral before Riemann's

Has anyone attempted to introduce, or has data on such endeavor, Lebesgue integration before Riemann? I've seen many discussions about how the Riemann integral is obsolete and that it is presented ...
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When is it a good idea to avoid talking about why something works?

I am teaching, among other things, a college algebra course this semester. In this course we do a lot of conceptual things but we also do some techniques to prepare students for calculus. One of the ...
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What should be included in a freshman 'Mathematics for computer programmers' course?

Many universities are changing up the way that they teach math service courses. 1-3 semesters of calculus and maybe a course in linear algebra are often included in majors (such as computer science) ...
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Do all high school students need the same 3-year sequence of math courses?

I continue to be troubled by the amount of symbolic manipulation in a typical Algebra 2 course. Once a student has completed Algebra 1 and Geometry, shouldn't there be another option for them if a ...
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What universities in the United States have Spanish-language mathematics classes?

This is a simple question, which I haven't found the answer to online. Due to the increasing number of Spanish-speaking students in American universities, I've been interested in teaching Spanish-...
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How should LaTeX be taught to university students?

There are several groups of people that would benefit from learning LaTeX in college. Future teachers can use it to write exams, scientists and mathematicians can write papers, and everyone can write ...

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