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# Why do we do proofs?

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## Why do we do proofs?

The aim of this session is to motivate students to understand why we might want to do proofs, why proofs are important, and how they can help us. In particular, the student will learn the following: proofs can help you to really see WHY a result is true; problems that are easy to state can be hard to solve (Fermat's Last Theorem); sometimes statements which appear to be intuitively obvious may turn out to be false (the Hospitals paradox); the answer to a question will often depend crucially on... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: September 17, 2010
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 17, 2010
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Keywords: prime numbers, the Hospitals paradox, elementary algebra, mathematical proofs, Fermat's last theorem

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