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How to Study as a Mathematics Major

How to Study as a Mathematics Major [Kindle Edition]

Lara Alcock

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"Students can benefit from just 'picking it up' for a short time - now and then - and reading just about any section. The sections are relatively short - sometimes just two or three pages, but are very informative. One could easily recommend [How to Study as a Mathematics Major] to undergraduates." --Mathematical Association of America

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Every year, thousands of students in the USA declare mathematics as their major. Many are extremely intelligent and hardworking. However, even the best will encounter challenges, because upper-level mathematics involves not only independent study and learning from lectures, but also a fundamental shift from calculation to proof.

This shift is demanding but it need not be mysterious -- research has revealed many insights into the mathematical thinking required, and this book translates these into practical advice for a student audience. It covers every aspect of studying as a mathematics major, from tackling abstract intellectual challenges to interacting with professors and making good use of study time. Part 1 discusses the nature of upper-level mathematics, and explains how students can adapt and extend their
existing skills in order to develop good understanding. Part 2 covers study skills as these relate to mathematics, and suggests practical approaches to learning effectively while enjoying undergraduate life.

As the first mathematics-specific study guide, this friendly, practical text is essential reading for any mathematics major.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7490 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199661316
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Think as a Non-Mathematics Major 4 Dec 2013
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I'm not a mathematics major nor a mathematician, but this book has made me think more deliberately as a game designer, artist and programmer. I don't know if that was the intention of the book or not, but I certainly appreciate it. I will say, you probably need to remember a small bit of intro calculus for some of the examples to make sense. It reminds me a little bit of Nicolaide's "The Natural Way to Draw" in that it works on your (metaphorical) eyes more than it works on your hands. Or, now that I think about it Papert's discussion of the gears of his childhood in the introduction to "Mindstorms".
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guidelines for Any Math Major 30 May 2014
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I found the book not only informative, but insightful. The author obviously knows her stuff! For me, Mathematics was my minor as an undergrad. But the information is still just as relevant. The book differentiates between a students way of thinking for "lower level" mathematics, and "higher level" abstract and analysis courses. It makes perfect sense! (At least it did to me.) Included are many tips and techniques that I personally think should be taught as a standard "gateway" course for any higher level math classes.

I highly recommend this for anyone either taking, or considering to take, a 300 level or above college math course!
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