How to Study as a Mathematics Major

Paperback | April 25, 2013

byLara Alcock

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Every year, thousands of students declare mathematics as their major. Many are extremely intelligent and hardworking. However, even the best will encounter challenges, because upper-level mathematics involves not only independent study and learning from lectures, but also a fundamental shiftfrom calculation to proof. This shift is demanding but it need not be mysterious - research has revealed many insights into the mathematical thinking required, and this book translates these into practical advice for a student audience. It covers every aspect of studying as a mathematics major, from tackling abstractintellectual challenges to interacting with professors and making good use of study time. Part 1 discusses the nature of upper-level mathematics, and explains how students can adapt and extend their existing skills in order to develop good understanding. Part 2 covers study skills as these relate tomathematics, and suggests practical approaches to learning effectively while enjoying undergraduate life.As the first mathematics-specific study guide, this friendly, practical text is essential reading for any mathematics major.

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Every year, thousands of students declare mathematics as their major. Many are extremely intelligent and hardworking. However, even the best will encounter challenges, because upper-level mathematics involves not only independent study and learning from lectures, but also a fundamental shiftfrom calculation to proof. This shift is dema...

Lara Alcock is Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University, UK. An accomplished undergraduate and graduate mathematician at Warwick, her doctorate was in mathematics education before holding various academic posts including Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Mathematics at Rutgers Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199661316

ISBN - 13:9780199661312

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Table of Contents

Part 1: MathematicsIntroduction1. Calculation Procedures2. Abstract Objects3. Definitions4. Theorems5. Proof6. Proof Types and Tricks7. Reading Mathematics8. Writing MathematicsPart 2: Study Skills9. Lectures10. Other People11. Time Management12. Panic13. (Not) Being the Best14. What Mathematics Professors Do

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"Making the transition from school-level to university-level mathematics is hard, in terms of the complexity of the subject matter, the rigour of thought, and the need to be able to study much more independently. This excellent and wide-ranging book engages with all these issues and more,giving a very helpful insight into what is coming for beginning undergraduates in mathematics or mathematics-related disciplines. I just wish this book had been available in my day!" --Geoff Tennant, Institute of Education, University of Reading, UK