tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5587346.post2479016033464211611..comments2024-06-07T10:23:20.879-05:00Comments on Gordon's Notes: Education - how much has math teaching changed?JGFhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14580785981874040314noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5587346.post-87083999998148542982012-09-15T06:14:32.257-05:002012-09-15T06:14:32.257-05:00The resason for only allowing minimal calculators ...The resason for only allowing minimal calculators on math tests is that it requires the student to show that they understand the material instead of just punching it in.<br /><br />The reason for looking up the log tables is that they are much more accurate than a slide rule - and - hopefully to teach some more theory. I just got rid of my 1970 copy of the CRC Math handbook with it's many Skater Billnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5587346.post-11435451619855999012012-09-06T16:27:43.185-05:002012-09-06T16:27:43.185-05:00It is only recently that I realized how important ...It is only recently that I realized how important logarithms are in terms of *practical* mathematics. I had learned about them in school but they were just another obscure domain with new rules to learn and no applications.<br /><br />Recently, I learned how they changed utterly the face of mathematics when they were invented by allowing multiplication and division to be approximated very quicklyAnonymousnoreply@blogger.com