This thought comes from a student in an entrepreneurship class in an Eastern United States liberal arts college. "It is clear to see where each number is coming from and why it is being used. I would have the math department teach the basics, but also incorporate application questions so that students can fully conceptualize what is going on in certain equations. Without the practical application of math, students are just learning and memorizing individual steps for solving equations, without understanding what the equation is really solving."
Brian Winkel PROF Emeritus - Dept Math Sci, United States Military Academy, West Point NY 10996 USA