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Math 15 Course Expectations:

One of the biggest differences between working at the high-school level and at the college level is the following: in high school, frequently it is enough to demonstrate a knowledge of the appropriate material; in college, you will be expected not only to know the appropriate material, but also to be able to articulate this knowledge, both through speaking and writing, to an intelligent, but slightly less-well informed, listener or reader. Most people find that the process of organizing material well enough to express it clearly is a tremendous help in solidifying an understanding of the material.

This has the following consequences for Math 15:

It is important to realize that writing explanations, while it helps me to grade your work, is mostly for your benefit. It is the best way to make sure for yourself that you fully understand the material. If you do understand the material, it should not be a hardship to write a brief explanation of what you are doing. On the other hand, if you are not entirely sure about the process, trying to write an explanation of what you have done is one of the best ways to recognize that you are not completely clear on the subject. Even if you are right, the organization required in writing about what you have done will help you draw the connections necessary for a full understanding of the material. Don't look at writing as just another hoop to jump through; look at it as an integral part of the learning process. It's one of the things you can do far better than a computer.

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Created: Jan 2 1998 --- Last modified: Jan 2, 1998 9:48:46 AM