Seeing the Forest and the Trees When Writing a Mathematical Proof

Lowell Abrams

Abstract


One of the typical challenges facing a mathematics student when writing a proof is the need to understand the interplay of details and broader concepts. I describe a multi-step proof-writing assignment used in a mid-level course for mathematics majors that is designed to help with this challenge by forcing students to incrementally increase their engagement with the various conceptual levels of the material at hand.

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References


Scheinerman, E. (2013). Mathematics, A Discrete Introduction (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Brooks-Cole.




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