Role #3: They are essential to learning mathematics. See 21 Feb blog. Study the blog on 28 JUN 18. According to Dr. David Chard, “Vocabulary knowledge is as essential to learning mathematics as it is to learning how to read.” See this PDF. It is entirely possible for a person to possess an extensive vocabulary

# Category: Background Information

# Explaining the Roles of Definitions in Mathematics II

Role #2: They provide the foundation for new learning. See 21 Feb blog. Study the blog on 15 MAR 2018 and 10 July 2018. No longer is there any doubt that: “All new learning requires a foundation of prior knowledge.” Memorization of stipulative mathematics definitions provides a form of foundational knowledge upon which to build