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Applications of Mathematics


by H. O. Pollak 1970

In this chapter, we are going to examine in some measure the nature of applications of mathematics and how such applications relate to the teaching of mathematics. The problem is a rather complex one, and the subject is so beset with various misconceptions and intuitive prejudgments that we must think our way through the issues rather carefully. It would, of course, be logical to begin with as precise a definition of applications of mathematics as is possible. However, our contact with problems of mathematics education during recent years has somewhat converted us to the spiral method of teaching, and this method tends to suffer from attempts at becoming too precise too early. Our plan, therefore, is to make a modest beginning and to return to the problem many times.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 69, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 5, 1970, p. 311-334
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19554, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 1:40:58 PM

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