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Wagner, David
If mathematics is a language, how do you swear in it?
Mont. Math. Enthus. 6, No. 3, 449458 (2009).
2009
Information Age Publishing (IAP), Charlotte, NC; Department of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
EN
E40
mathematical language
Summary: When people swear they are either ignoring cultural norms or tromping on them for some kind of effect. In any language and culture there are ways of speaking and acting that are considered unacceptable. Though there is a need for classroom norms, there are some good reasons for encouraging alternatives to normal behavior and communication. In this sense, I want my mathematics students to swear regularly, creatively and with gusto. To illustrate, I give four responses to the question: If mathematics is a language, how do you swear in it?