tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post6465914813490353093..comments2021-05-17T18:47:04.613+01:00Comments on Shadows & Light: More on MathSteve Reedhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11684120060438252945noreply@blogger.comBlogger11125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-69563236561212872572013-09-03T17:38:54.242+01:002013-09-03T17:38:54.242+01:00I loved Algebra I and geometry - and I think it...I loved Algebra I and geometry - and I think it's because I love puzzles. Like Sharon though, once I progressed further (& I even took calculus in college) I did NOT enjoy it. None of that stuff was the least sexy to me!The Bughttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07509037206264761261noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-16471170915452799632013-09-03T15:35:26.235+01:002013-09-03T15:35:26.235+01:00makes sense to me. makes sense to me. ellen abbotthttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00535475792150335186noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-58773837865903679252013-09-03T02:05:34.871+01:002013-09-03T02:05:34.871+01:00P.S. Another reason to buy that copy of Harper'...P.S. Another reason to buy that copy of Harper's is because it has a short story by Lydia Davis -- I haven't read it, yet, but she's one of my favorites!Elizabethhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03313726816776097840noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-49683681786635772242013-09-03T02:03:50.532+01:002013-09-03T02:03:50.532+01:00I can't wait to read that article. Your commen...I can't wait to read that article. Your comment about not ever laughing with delight at a math problem or proof cracked me up -- I was and am the same -- about football, too! My son is in ninth grade and right this moment doing algebra homework. Which, like his mama, he HATES. I tell him not to worry about it and that yes, indeed, the only thing he'll use it for when he's older, is through the channels or neuronal pathways it exercises today. I totally don't know what I'm talking about, though!<br />Elizabethhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03313726816776097840noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-36290892169627161242013-09-02T07:30:39.139+01:002013-09-02T07:30:39.139+01:00Ms Moon: LOL -- well, it's worth making time f...Ms Moon: LOL -- well, it's worth making time for, but I know you read Esquire and I never get around to that one. We all have to pick and choose, right? I never even TOOK trigonometry, and I've survived OK so far!<br /><br />Ain't: It does seem that people are usually better in one or the other, which is interesting.<br /><br />Jim: Yeah, that's one of our many little linguistic differences! Americans never say "maths" in the plural.<br /><br />Sharon: It's interesting that you liked it at first but then grew to dislike it. (Whereas I hated it from the beginning!) You must have some mathematical ability, I would think.<br /><br />Lynne: I actually liked geometry better because it was spatial, and I could envision the shapes. Even the proofs didn't bother me too much. But strict equations, no way. I wonder how much of our antipathy toward math comes from such underqualified or hostile teachers? Some of mine certainly wouldn't have won a prize.<br /><br />Reya: It IS deep for me. It makes me angry, even now!Steve Reedhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11684120060438252945noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-55157814903783542952013-09-01T19:15:04.980+01:002013-09-01T19:15:04.980+01:00It's deep for you, it really is, this math thi...It's deep for you, it really is, this math thing.Reya Mellickerhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13076092659507965666noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-47414484118752780782013-09-01T17:22:43.435+01:002013-09-01T17:22:43.435+01:00Math is not my friend! I managed Algebra just fine...Math is not my friend! I managed Algebra just fine and rather enjoyed it. When I had Geometry--that was the demise of my math. I think it had quite a bit to do with the teacher who was also the boys' athletic coach and he also taught Geometry. He took an instant dislike to me and called me out in front of the whole class and I think I barely passed that class with a "D" which was completely out of my zone--usually A' with B's. I still have a math stigma today. I blame him--but who knows?Lynnehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05875008154587045790noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-67923348206874014542013-09-01T17:08:41.343+01:002013-09-01T17:08:41.343+01:00I love Olga's featured appearance! Perfect.
W...I love Olga's featured appearance! Perfect.<br />When I was in high school, my first introduction to algebra was wonderful. I loved it. I loved the problem solving aspect of it. It was like solving a puzzle to me. Then I moved on to the next level and I started to wonder why I had enjoyed the first class so much. It seemed like the problems were no longer puzzles begging for a solution they were instead torturous exercises to get to some pre-destined conclusion. I quickly lost interest. That was the last of my math studies and as near as I can tell it was enough to be able to solve all the math related issues that arise in my life.Sharonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07645915869786296771noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-80793349548213736812013-09-01T15:08:43.399+01:002013-09-01T15:08:43.399+01:00Interesting how you say "Math" for what ...Interesting how you say "Math" for what we call "Maths".Jimhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16361781616939928650noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-60898492362495097892013-09-01T14:33:32.217+01:002013-09-01T14:33:32.217+01:00I think your brain is wired for math or language ....I think your brain is wired for math or language ...hardly ever both! My mind is definitely not wired for math but my husband is so we make a good combo...I read and he does calculation...ain't for city galshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14938751007704247232noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5123631695572626256.post-77661287498131447662013-09-01T14:16:05.205+01:002013-09-01T14:16:05.205+01:00I should read Harpers. In my spare time. Yeah.
Se...I should read Harpers. In my spare time. Yeah. <br />Seriously- probably very good suggestions about math education. Let those who love it study it, let those who cry in math class every day, skip it. <br />I'll never forget standing in line for high school graduation and my trig teacher coming up to me and saying, "Don't worry, Mary. You're never going to need trigonometry again in your life."<br />And I wanted to smack her. Why did she wait until that moment to deliver this news and admission?Ms. Moonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09776404747858099919noreply@blogger.com