Dangerous bend


As we've explained in the prerequisites to this page, our minds are set up to get quick answers to a situation. Often, this one-step thinking — a direct, unchecked association to something we know — leads us astray.

There are many places throughout the course where one-step thinking is known to lead many students astray.

We will use this "dangerous bend" (or perhaps "unexpected turn") icon to call your attention to something that might at first look obvious, but that needs a bit more careful thought and analysis. 

Joe Redish 9/5/11

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Last Modified: March 28, 2019