Proof of a Problem

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cassandra Adams (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Advisor
Mary Klinikowski

Abstract: In this paper I have constructed an overview of mathematical proof, which involves several factors. A large part of understanding our current methods of teaching proof is knowing the history of proof. I also take a look at several different methods of proving and why proof is important. The focal point of the paper is the difficulties students have with mathematical proof and the difficulties the students that I did a field study with had. This stems from many different factors, the biggest being definitions. Another problem is lack of emphasis so I have also included an overview of national standards of proof and international comparison for proof. Possible solutions to the difficulties that students have with proof are changing teacher conception of proof, a transitional course, and the modified-Moore method.

Additional Information

Publication
Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Mathematics - Study and Teaching, Mathematical Proofs, Proof Theory, Mathematics - Moore Method, Mathematics - Modified Moore Method