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How to choose a textbook that is pedagogically optimal for oneself?

I'm broadly in agreement with Skycak's answer (relevance of drill, progressive [slow] difficulty increases), but will give a few practical pieces of advice. Look at a few texts before jumping into ...
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How to choose a textbook that is pedagogically optimal for oneself?

When writing a textbook, the key is to know your audience and make it clear who that audience is, including expected background and aims. State it in the preface and, if you have any control over what'...
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How to choose a textbook that is pedagogically optimal for oneself?

Do you agree with my point that problems that are too hard is not the optimal way of learning and teaching? Yes. A lot of people fall into the trap of thinking that to train up their math skills, they ...
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Questions about writing a Linear Algebra textbook, with Earth Science applications

This may sound a bit self-serving, but Noah McLean and I published a linear algebra book for Earth Scientists this spring through CRC. It is not proof-oriented but does try to appeal to geologists. ...
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Questions about writing a Linear Algebra textbook, with Earth Science applications

Looking at UT and Texas A&M geophysics majors, neither one requires a full course in linear algebra. Both have some LA as part of a capstone "math methods" course. I would be leery of ...
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Questions about writing a Linear Algebra textbook, with Earth Science applications

The answer by user1149748 is very good and covers several important points. I'd like to add a few further thoughts. Other things to consider include what is your starting point and what do you assume ...
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Questions about writing a Linear Algebra textbook, with Earth Science applications

Speaking as a pure mathematician: in a book like this, don't prove things for the sake of proving things. You're writing for a niche market of students, so you have the luxury of being able to pin ...
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