The Language of Mathematics

I often sit with students during breaks or after school, as most of us do, teaching and re-teaching concepts and skills that are not well understood. For some students it takes 5 minutes to clear up commonly held misconceptions while others require much more attention. In either case, I am always amazed how misconceptions are generated as a result of not understanding the language and notation of mathematics. Case in point: I was working with a math studies student yesterday on ...