• Robert L. Wilson
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


Whether or not you have read every word in this tome, you probably realize that you have gained at least to some extent by the exposure. A large number of problems of an elementary nature are now within your grasp, and you begin to see relationships which are capable of mathematical analysis which were hitherto unobserved. You have seen (and conquered?) such concepts as limit, integral, derivative, series, etc., and you have been exposed to problems in which each of these concepts is important. Furthermore, you have investigated means whereby you can obtain functions if you are given data. Thus, you should have some feel for the elementary problem. But what is the meaning of elementary, and why do we continue to emphasize this word? Elementary, of course, can mean different things to different people, but in general it means those items which do not require a great amount of background. If this be so, what kind of problems would fail to be elementary? We certainly have acquired quite some background during our perusal of the preceding chapters. It is the sole purpose of this chapter to explore the future from this particular point of view. We will not attempt to introduce additional mathematics herein, and therefore you can relax. We are only concerned with talking about some of the problems which you may face in the future and about places where you might find the information to permit you to handle such problems, provided of course you do not have that information at hand now.


Linear Algebra Boolean Algebra Elementary Problem Iterate Integral Preceding Chapter 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Wilson
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesOhio Wesleyan UniversityDelawareUSA

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