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    Thanks for your explanation DFranklin, but I am afraid that we are getting a little bit off-topic here. I understand your point about rigour, etc. (and I have to say that I agree in many ways) but here, you are just proving the same thing using more advanced tools, and techniques more complex that everyone does not master. (at least the average student)

    My point was about being more rigorous at one's level, and not using demonstrations that you would learn at the university.

    Therefore, my point was more: instead of saying that "e^(x+y)=..." is a definition, one should prove it with his own "tools", as I did for example.
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    (Original post by paronomase)
    Thanks for your explanation DFranklin, but I am afraid that we are getting a little bit off-topic here.
    So a discussion about maths, and how we do things at university level is off-topic on a thread titled "strangers studying maths at uni level"?

    I understand your point about rigour, etc. (and I have to say that I agree in many ways) but here, you are just proving the same thing using more advanced tools, and techniques more complex that everyone does not master. (at least the average student)
    Again, those techniques are completely standard at uni level in this country, so I think it entirely reasonable to explain how they are done here, particularly as it was relevant to much of the mathematics being discussed by others.

    Moreover, if by "on-topic" you mean "I want to continue arguing about the French v.s. UK system", then speaking as a moderator, my comment would be: that part of the discussion has generated much heat but little light, neither side seems to be convincing the other, and if that was all that was in the thread then it probably should be closed. I actually came pretty close to doing just that a page or so ago, but decided the people who actually wanted to talk about the mathematics of exp(x+y)... would probably prefer it to continue.
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    Yeah you're right after all I already got many answers to my original question.

    In this case, we could indeed continue the chat about exp(x) and all, but then I am afraid that I will not be able to help you anymore
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    Rigour is overrated.
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    (Original post by Quadrifolium)
    Rigour is overrated.
    As someone who specialised in analysis and supervised it...

    I agree.
 
 
 
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