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RE: Re: Parametric Solving Question From 14 Year Old

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  • Subject: [mg23547] RE: [mg23531] Re: Parametric Solving Question From 14 Year Old
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 03:10:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

> From: Ronald Bruck [mailto:bruck at math.usc.edu]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
>
> But at age 14, instead of using Mathematica, you should be solving the
> quadratic equation by hand.  You're much better off reading an algebra
> book and playing with things by hand than using a CAS at this age.
>

I bet this is going to generate a lot of debate!

I believe that any young student interested in mathematics should be
encouraged to use Mathematica all he wants. One can also use Mathematica to
solve equations step by step and understand the solution. I have a notebook
for young students on the step by step solution of equations at my web site.
Mathematica teaches the student to be neat. Mathematica allows the student
to integrate algebra and geometry. If the student can learn a little
functional programming he has a good start into more advanced modern
mathematics. Mathematica is a plus all the way around. The younger the
better.

David Park
djmp at earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/



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