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The role of symbols is ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL THINKING PROCESSES 31 discussed in greater detail in chapter 6 by Harel and Kaput. Another meaning of representations is even more central for learning and thinking in mathematics. When we talk or think about a group, an integral, an approximation, about any mathematical object or process at all, each one of us relates to something we have in mind – a mental representation of the object or process under consideration. Although most mathematicians can be expected to come up with roughly equivalent definitions of, say, a function, their respective mental representations of the notion may be vastly different.

Etc.. But the fact that our instructor knows about these other aspects of mathematics, indeed, is very likely to experience them daily in his or her research work, does not usually prevent him or her from almost exclusively teaching the one very convenient and important aspect of mathematics which has been described above, namely the polished formalism, which so often follows the sequence theorem–proof–application. This manner of teaching has several advantages: for example, it allows for a well-planned structure of the course, as well as for predictable progress through the material, and thus for a fairly certain guarantee that most of the material in the syllabus can be covered.

For instance, students who can carry out the process of solving simultaneous linear equations in two variables are usually able to generalize (expansively) to three, four, or more variables without difficult (though the calculations may soon become tedious). Indeed, it is relatively straightforward to describe the process in general terms whilst referring to a specific set of equations in, say, three variables, x, y, z. ”) The process is easier Seen by enacting the solution than by describing it.

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