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Proof writing; guiding text
Topic Teaching Tip(s): Courses in which students communicate about mathematics | Communication recitations | General principles of mathematical communication | Guiding the audience through the content | Types of proof & proof-writing strategies
This recitation from MIT's communication-intensive offering of Real Analysis focuses on proof writing. Students are given samples of proofs by contradiction and are challenged to rewrite them as direct proofs if possible; this activity leads to a discussion of when to use which types of proof. Another handout is used to illustrate how to use guiding text to communicate the structure of a proof.
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This review was published on January 21, 2012