Department of Mathematics

AWM Lecture Series

  •  Jihye Hwang, Michigan State University
  •  What do you mean by "show"? Is it the same as "prove"?
  •  11/14/2019
  •  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall

Students face a mathematical task whenever they involve in doing mathematics. We wondered whether the word used in posing question impact students’ response and we hypothesize that task provider’s intention and students’ response can be different. This talk focus on students interpretation of the different prompts, such as “prove,” “show,” “explain,” and “convince a classmate,” for proving tasks. This talk focuses on the two prompts, “prove” and “show” as the prompts are regarded as synonymous by many people, especially mathematicians. Although there exist similarities between the prompts, the result mainly demonstrates students possibly have different meaning for “prove” and “show” depending on individual and one possible relationship between the two prompts.



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