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The Mathematics Enthusiast

Volume

5

Issue

2-3

Abstract

The level of the coherence of a concept image conveys how well the cognitive structure concerning the concept is organized. This study considers the relationship between deficiencies in the coherence of the concept image and erroneous conclusions in the case of differentiability. The study is based on an interview where the student made conclusions contradictory to the formal theory of mathematics. He used an erroneous method to study the differentiability of piecewise defined functions. This method became the key factor which maintained the internal coherence of the concept image. It made it possible to build a cognitive structure whose basis was erroneous.

First Page

231

Last Page

248

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