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Developing a Christian Perspective on the Nature of Mathematics Harold Heie

Harold Heie

in Teaching as an Act of Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222209
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236800 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222209.003.0005
Developing a Christian                             Perspective on the Nature of Mathematics Harold Heie

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The fact that one needs to know about mathematics is obvious and beyond dispute. Students preparing for a variety of careers need to master pertinent techniques or formulas for working with mathematics, and this fact points to the important instrumental function of mathematics. For many college students who are not majoring in mathematics, computer science, or one of the natural sciences, their exposure to mathematics is limited to one course. Often such a course focuses on techniques for using mathematics for problem solving and other applications in various disciplines. Having introduced students to the deductive methods of the mathematician, abstract mathematical systems are taught, which starts with undefined terms and axioms, and includes theorems proven from the axioms. This chapter is about integrating a Christian perspective with mathematics teaching.

Keywords: mathematics; religion; faith; problem solving; formulas; theorems; abstract systems

Chapter.  7613 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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