What you need to know is that the student work is the stuff typed in red, and that this came on a take-home quiz:
Why does this student think that ln(e) = x^1. Or did I get that wrong? Are there ideas that “feel similar” that he’s confusing, or is it something else?
Open thread. Go wild!
(Thanks to Pam for the submission.)
Selected by: Christopher Danielson
Question: What’s up with this? Why does this piece of student work matter? Does it?
Last week we posted a somewhat similar mistake involving logarithms. Here’s the student work:
While you should feel free to comment on today’s mistake independent of the earlier one, I think it would be especially productive to compare these two pieces of student work. Could the same student have done both pieces of work? Are there differences between the way each student understands logarithms?
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Why did this student divide by “e”? What does that say about the way they think about logarithms? How would you help the student?