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I am in total agreement with your reasoning. This talk brought be back to a grad class I took and the teacher asked use to solve the question. We all did it while using our graphing calculator. He then said, why did you solve it that way and we all said that was how it was shown in the text book. What we couldn’t provide to the teacher is why did we use the number and symbols to get the answer and the reason was we just mesmerized what was done in the book and repeated it. Basically, we were not able to understand why the problem needed to be solve this way. This discussion opened my eyes and showed that memorizing facts is not the route to go. I know that we could eventually memorize facts but at by teaching the why of the concept will help the students understand the concept fully.