calculus

The Ghosts of Departed Quantities and the difficulties of teaching and learning caculus

Bishop Berkeley writes this attack on the apparent supernatural reasoning involved in calculus. ┬áThe infidel was probably Halley (of comet fame) or Newton. If pupils find the subject difficult to understand at school, and teachers find it difficult to teach, then the reason may be articulated in this book by the great man. Quotes include: …

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Exdexcel Formula Sheet lays Pooh Traps for Further Mathematics Pupils

FP3 integration standard forms could lead unwary pupils and teachers into a Pooh Trap. The following issue arises each year as the finer points of this course get sharpened. When consulting the Edexcel formula sheet to find the integral, two anti-derivatives are given, Some might be tempted to infer that these functions are equal, this …

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