Approaches for Including Discrete Mathematics in the Mathematics Curriculum

The basic problem is that mathematicians and various client disciplines have diverse needs.

Three basic approaches

Realistically, there seem to be three curricular approaches to address the needs of diverse audiences.
  1. Integrate continuous and discrete mathematics in a common [2-year] sequence
  2. Offer independent/disjoint courses in continuous mathematics, statistics, and discrete mathematics
  3. Organize separate courses in continuous mathematics, statistics, and discrete mathematics to take advantage of common approaches [and topics]

Each approach seems to have its own advantages and disadvantages.

created May 30, 2003
last revised May 30, 2003
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