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Are students majoring in pure mathematics expected to know classical results in mathematics very well by their graduation?

For example, I am confident that very few students majoring in pure mathematics can write a complete proof to the Abel–Ruffini theorem (there is no algebraic solution to general polynomial equations ...
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Teaching and “The Two Cultures”

This is a rather broad (and perhaps too philosophical) question about undergraduate and graduate mathematics education. Gowers, in his article "the two cultures of mathematics", observes differences ...
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What happened to the Moore method?

I always read about the Moore method with great enthusiasm. Somehow I always felt that it should be how we do it in an ideal world, but it is impossible to use because of time and other constrains. ...
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What are some good examples to motivate the implicit function theorem?

I always had problems when teaching the implicite function theorem in advanced analysis courses. This result is motivated by later applications, but it would be great to be able to provide easily ...
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What are the differences between graduate and undergraduate classes, relevant to course design and teaching?

I will be a postdoc in the fall and will be teaching my very first classes aimed at graduate students. One will be an intro class, and the other a topics class. There are of course many differences ...
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Mathematics Education Graduate Program List and Rankings

U.S. News and World Report publishes school rankings for many different disciplines, including mathematics. Is there any ranking for mathematics education graduate programs? Weaker question: Is there ...
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How to design a fair oral exam for >10 students?

Oral exams take place at two different points in during their study: As final examination to end their study (i.e., when the students have finished all necessary courses, they have an oral exam ...
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Galois Theory: necessary?

I noticed the discussion of whether the teaching of Galois Theory is necessary on MathOverlflow. Here at LSE, everything we teach in mathematics should have some application to the social side of life....
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What to do if there is a disagreement on fundamentals, e.g. axioms or inference rules?

Sometimes it happens that a person doesn't want to accept your argument, because he claims not all the inferences are valid. There's a famous example of Lewis Carroll, namely What the Tortoise Said to ...
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Online open-course-ware that uses Maclane's book “Algebra”

I am struggling with that book which I find to be more of second-guessing type than a book for self-study: it has cryptically written sections, no examples (and those given, and rarely, are even more ...
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How can I discourage proof by patchwork?

I have a student who is working in their spare time on proving or disproving a conjecture of the form $$\exists x.\forall y.\phi(x,y).$$ Right now their strategy is to construct an $x$ and then show ...
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How to choose/test future tutors?

When I have to give a big lecture with a lot of exercise groups, I have to choose the tutors who are grading the student's homework and explaining the lecture to the students. How can I find out if ...
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The interplay of memory and mathematical performance

As mathematicians and mathematics educators we very often see the Dunning-Kruger effect in action. Our calculus students are certain that they are masters of Calculus because they took the AP exam. To ...
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Should one ask questions directly to specific students in a lecture or exercise group?

In the question Encouraging class participation there are some answers how to encourage class participation in general. Sometimes, there are some smaller lectures (in particular in graduate courses) ...