Limits of functions as they developed through time and as students learn them today

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    Abstract

    This article compares first-year university students' development of the concept of limits to mathematicians' historical development of the concept. The aim was to find out if students perceive the notion as mathematicians of the past did, as understandings of the concept evolved. The results imply that there are some similarities—for example, the struggle with rigor and attainability. Knowledge of such critical areas can be used to improve students' opportunities of learning limits of functions. Some teaching aspects related to the study are also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)407-431
    Number of pages24
    JournalMathematical Thinking and Learning
    Volume8
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Pedagogy (50301)
    • Social Sciences (5)

    Keywords

    • concept developmet
    • historical development
    • limits
    • matematical analysis
    • students

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