Rational Thoughts

Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


The purpose of this chapter and the next is to remind ourselves of the elements of precalculus mathematics by studying a little history. Some readers may have the urge instead to jump flat-footed into an attack upon the problem that arose in Chapter 1, the problem of how the highest and lowest points of a curve may easily be found. Those readers may scan these short chapters quickly and jump into Chapter 4 if they wish, but they are warned that flat-footed jumps are awkward without a firm foundation from which to leap. Studying history builds foundations.


Rational Number Wrong Answer Irrational Number Rational Thought Cube Root 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceThe University of the SouthSewaneeUSA

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