# Tagged Questions

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### Can formally differentiating give a derivative of a discrete function?

When I teach calculus, I really try to stress the importance of knowing the domain of a function.
One example that I sometimes like to use to show students the importance of inspecting the domain is ...

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### What is the simplest, most elementary proof that a particular number is transcendental?

I teach, among many other things, a class of wonderful and inquisitive 7th graders. We've recently been studying and discussing various number systems (N, Z, Q, R, C, algebraic numbers, and even ...

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### The role of the mean value theorem (MVT) in first-year calculus.

Should the mean value theorem be taught in first-year calculus?
Most calculus textbooks present the MVT just before the section that says that if $f'>0$ on an interval then $f$ increases on that ...

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### Why does undergraduate discrete math require calculus?

Often undergraduate discrete math classes in the US have a calculus prerequisite.
Here is the description of the discrete math course from my undergrad:
A general introduction to basic
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### Making sure that you have comprehended a concept

Hi,
I have a question that I've been thinking about for a long time.
How can you assure yourself that you've fully comprehended a concept or the true meaning of a theorem in mathematics?
I mean how ...

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### Do you find your students are less competent in basic algebra and arithmetic, and, if so, do you believe that this is due to overuse of calculators at an early level? [closed]

So first I gave my class the quiz problem: Compute $$\lim_{h\rightarrow 0} \frac{\frac{1}{3+h} - \frac{1}{3}}{h}.$$ Upon finding that they could not do that (no real surprize) I asked them to compute ...

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### Looking for an introductory textbook on algebraic geometry for an undergraduate lecture course

I am now supposed to organize a tiny lecture course on algebraic geometry for undergraduate students who have interest in this subject.
I wonder whether there are some basic algebraic geometry texts ...