Posted by: thebylog | November 1, 2005

A Pedagogical Derivative

In keeping with the technical kick (technical in a Smucker sort of way):

“In general” in the common vernacular means something akin to “usually.” Like: “In general, Byran likes ketchup on his sandwiches.

But in a technical, very precise sense, “in general” means “in all cases.” For instance, if a mathematical theorem is true “in general,” it implies that in all circumstances the proposition holds. Many times it can be fairly easy to prove something is true for specific cases, but significantly more difficult to prove that it is true in general.

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  1. Wheeee!

    ketchup on a sandwich….

    By, aren’t you the party animal!

    I can’t stand the excitement!


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