Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Things I've learned from the tutoring center: #1-3 

  1. Calculus students generally don't have much idea of what the derivative means. If you're teaching Calc I, for the love of God, assign the problems in the textbook where students graph the derivative based on the graph of a function.
  2. Don't assume that calculus students remember slope=rise/run. They don't.
  3. Another tip for calculus teachers: spend 5-15 minutes and teach your students Pascal's triangle so they can quickly find (x+h)n

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