## Arithmetic and Operations

This is a “what-if” document. It’s not intended as a serious suggestion for how we should write mathematical notation or for replacing current...

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# Category: Other mathematics

## Arithmetic and Operations

## Reflections on Inverse Function Notation

## Proof: The rationality of the y-intercept

## Logarithms: The Dark Sorcery

## The Problem with Mathematical Notation

## Adding vs. Multiplying

## The Math Meme That Would Not Die

## Deriving Euler’s Identity

## The Natural Base e: Thoughts on Teaching

## The Problem with Problems

This is a “what-if” document. It’s not intended as a serious suggestion for how we should write mathematical notation or for replacing current...

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