tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post6021596374810029470..comments2017-01-23T22:07:03.431+00:00Comments on Resourceaholic: The Deadly Sins of MathsJoanne Morgannoreply@blogger.comBlogger8125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-42505054700629554142016-09-27T12:26:26.175+01:002016-09-27T12:26:26.175+01:00These minor mathematics mistakes are actually disa...These minor mathematics mistakes are actually disastrous. And most of the students commit such mistakes. The core reason behind this is unclear concepts and understanding which lays the base. Hence strong concept base is very much required to escape from these blunders.Zack Humeshttp://www.thesisclinic.co.uk/statistical-help-using-spss.phpnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-15882227139517084262016-09-21T21:36:19.891+01:002016-09-21T21:36:19.891+01:00I'm guessing this was a reply to my comment ab...I'm guessing this was a reply to my comment above.<br /><br />Sorry, I forgot to mention that I was working in the ring R[ϵ]/ϵ^2 so that Newton and Leibniz's ad hoc approach to calculus works pretty much as-is. I find this far more accessible to students than Cauchy's ϵ-δ definition which, if I were to use the language of limits, I would of course spend the required five weeks to Loopspacehttp://loopspace.mathforge.orgnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-37990296287825862642016-09-20T15:22:25.492+01:002016-09-20T15:22:25.492+01:00AAARRRRRGGHHH!!!! You don't divide by zero whe...AAARRRRRGGHHH!!!! You don't divide by zero when taking terivatives. you deal with limits approaching zero!!!!!!!cavmathshttps://cavmaths.wordpress.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-88408321182551688502016-09-19T23:07:50.450+01:002016-09-19T23:07:50.450+01:00I get that it's meant in a jokey way. But som...I get that it's meant in a jokey way. But sometimes jokes don't come across how they're meant. I think that Maths has an image problem (and I will admit that I may be hyper aware of it) and part of it is that Maths is all about "right answers". I really want my students to see the messy side of maths, and part of that is being able to make mistakes and tidy up afterwards.Loopspacehttp://loopspace.mathforge.orgnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-47236164499636610222016-09-19T21:16:00.049+01:002016-09-19T21:16:00.049+01:00Thanks for your comment. I'm certainly not try...Thanks for your comment. I'm certainly not trying to say 'mistakes are evil' - we all make mistakes. As I say in the post, it's a jokey way of trying to get students to stop and think when they make one of these common mistakes. I've found this kind of thing (eg the kitten killing joke) effective in the past for engaging students in conversation about misconceptions. Of courseJoanne Morganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-22676336596184340812016-09-19T21:07:17.814+01:002016-09-19T21:07:17.814+01:00I like the idea of highlighting common errors, but...I like the idea of highlighting common errors, but I don't like the sin terminology, nor do I like the "this kills a kitten/unicorn" part.<br /><br />I'm not one of the "we only learn through mistakes, so let's make as many as possible" brigade, but I do think that what is more important is to learn how to catch ones errors than to try to never make any at all. Loopspacehttp://loopspace.mathforge.orgnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-16279729556743754072016-09-18T21:49:32.708+01:002016-09-18T21:49:32.708+01:00Thank you Meg! All helpful links. You're a sta...Thank you Meg! All helpful links. You're a star. I love that about unicorns!Joanne Morganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-18334341095519874742016-09-18T14:24:43.432+01:002016-09-18T14:24:43.432+01:00Oh, some great mistakes here!
Lisa at eatplaymath...Oh, some great mistakes here!<br /><br />Lisa at eatplaymath made an awesome sheet for basic operation sins http://eatplaymath.blogspot.com/2015/09/dont-kill-kitten-please.html<br /><br />I have one for fractions/trig identities<br />http://www.megcraig.org/2015/10/24/evolution-of-a-theorem-or-how-to-save-all-the-animals/<br />and exponents<br />http://www.megcraig.org/2014/10/05/Meg Craighttp://megcraig.orgnoreply@blogger.com