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    I think the primary reason for group learning is because we often learn the material even better when we have to teach it to someone else.

    I find it kinda humorous that the complaint is that they don't work well alone and before it used to be that they didn't work well in groups.

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    Her college peers had a dependence on calculators? Man, I wasn't allowed to use a calculator in *any* university level math class.

    and teaching these "cluster" methods as short cuts is great, but they should definitely master the basics first.

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    >> Man, I wasn't allowed to use a calculator in *any* university level math class.
    That would be very awkward for me... I do elec eng. Even with log tables there wouldn't be enough time to do anything worthwhile. Sure you should learn mental arithmitic, but there comes a point where doing sums isn't important anymore. Most things, you find, are nonlinear, and with that comes computer territory. And a lot of things you can't do even with a calculator. Try solving "x + cos(x) = 0.53" by hand. You can't. You have to do it graphically or numerically.

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    I wasn't allowed to use a calculator in *any* university level math class.
    Well, if you are supposed to prove a universal statement, a calculator would not help all that much anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thantos View Post
    I find it kinda humorous that the complaint is that they don't work well alone and before it used to be that they didn't work well in groups.
    I don't. Both are important. As an engineer it is vital that I be able to communicate and work with others as part of a large project. It is also essential that I be able to work for extended periods by myself on my part of the project. It's not an either or issue.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    The humor is more about the large swing in "what the problem is"

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    Those books seem alright. I think clustering is better than a standard algorithm that the student doesn't really understand. I think clustering helps when the math gets more advanced.
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