How would I go about finding the sum of this series? Surely theres gotta be an easier way than throwing it all into the calculator. Thanks.
What kind of silly-ass question is that?
Are you taking lessons from Stapel and Mathman?
I've already left one math site because of this snotty attitude.
I taught math (successfully) for forty years. When students come to me for help,
I have never folded my arms and said, "If you can't show me your work, GET OUT!"
I have never believed in the Socratic approach . . . it takes far too long to DRAG
the reasoning and answers out of each and every student. I have found that
one clear, detailed solution can clear up the mystery for most of my students.
Certainly, many students simply want their homework done for them. Usually,
I can't tell from their initial posting. But if they reply with something immature like
"Are you SURE that's the right answer?", then I know I've been "had" and I won't
help that student again. Or I get no feedback from my solution and instead I get,
"Okay, how about this one...?", another loser ... lesson learned.
Do I want them learn? . . . Give me a break!
My life has been devoted to Teaching . . . not scolding or making snide remarks.
I give all student "the benefit of the doubt" at first. I do NOT treat them as
academic vagrants looking for a handout. I assume they are sincere in their quest,
whether it is a method, a hint, or a detailed explanation . . . which I assume
they will use for a template for the rest of their assignment.
Personally, I don't care how you teach or what you think. Just keep your little
snipes to yourself, okay?
I do apologize to you for not knowing your philosophy of education. But I do have a few comments and observations.
I do respect that you think that, I infer that you a basically a trainer.
Is that a fair statement? Does that define the different in what community colleges do (i.e. train) and what universities do?
Again, I do apologize for not realizing that we have such a fundamental disagreement on the difference in training and learning.
You and I clearly have a different view of mathematics education.
I pledge to you no more from me on your training efforts