Re: if using Mathematica to solve an algebraic problem

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg109135] Re: if using Mathematica to solve an algebraic problem*From*: "David Park" <djmpark at comcast.net>*Date*: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 04:09:26 -0400 (EDT)

You didn't initially tell us that these students were never again going to take any math or I suppose any technical subject that requires math. So what's the point of your posting? It's a waste of time. And for those are going to study mathematical topics in college it is a reasonable suggestion that they learn Mathematica rather than calculus in secondary school. It is something that could at least be discussed. David Park djmpark at comcast.net http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/ From: Richard Fateman [mailto:fateman at cs.berkeley.edu] David Park wrote: > So why don't they consider learning how to use Mathematica in high school, > instead of calculus? Then when they got to college they could concentrate > more on the math. > For many students, if they take and pass calculus AP exam with a 3 or higher then then don't have to "concentrate" on ANY math in college. They are done with it forever, and can die without ever seeing another cosine. I think the educational establishment is not ready to endorse the idea that one should learn reading, 'riting, and uh, mathematica. RJF