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I'm sure there's plenty of bodies, money, and inspiration for game development in general. But video games have a strong visual element, and that's still done mostly with hand-drawn or computer- buttisted animation. The...
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Trevor, et al, I am presenting and demonstrating a project that somewhat leverages on this principle at the upcoming...
Not to the extent you might like, but that is what is happening, at least at some schools. The teaching of calculus in grade 12 was an inovation in say the 1960s and only for advanced students. When my neice went to high school (a public school in Westchester NY), she (albeit an advanced math student who later got her degree in Math from Brown University) had calculus in 11th grade and for 12th grade had her choice of differential equations or number theory.
On a related note, I have mixed feelings about learning the "mechanics". I remember being taught the "mechanical" method of obtaining square roots, though I have forgotten the details of the method. (Something about grouping the digits of the number into groups of 2 and estimating the square root of the two digit numbers and multiplying back????). I guess I am glad that I know that there is such a method, but am not sorry that I have forgotten it. I am perfectly happy to use a calcualator to obtain a square root on those rare occasions when I need one. I suspect many here feel the same way. But I am glad I can do long division mechanically on paper, even though I rarely do it. But on the other extreme, I sure am glad that I can do addition and subtraction (for reasonable sized numbers in my head), and can at least come close when doing mental multiplication. So I guess it is a matter of degree.
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