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This web page describes the errors that I have seen most frequently in undergraduate mathematics, the likely causes of those errors, and their remedies. I am tired of seeing these same old errors over and over again. (I would rather see new, original errors!) I caution my undergraduate students about these errors at the beginning of each semester.   Outline of this web page:ERRORS IN COMMUNICATION, including teacher hostility or arrogance, student shyness, unclear wording, bad handwriting, not... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: August 25, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 13, 2014
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Submitter: John Walkup

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Avatar for Mary Martin
3 years ago

Mary Martin (Faculty)

I did not use this in class because I thought it would infuriate my students.  I may go back and test this idea...the material is thorough.  Pedagogically, it is best not to embed wrong ideas by focusing on them.

Time spent reviewing site: 10

Avatar for   dixon
12 years ago

dixon (Student)

In reading " The Most Common Errors in Undergraduate Mathematics" is some what
very boring because the auther is telling the reader that there are common
trends the students make in math. On the other hand the site has many example of
the mistakes and corections. That earned three ***.
If you are told by a teacher that you mess up because of common errors then this
site will help you.
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