Math: My Worst Subject Essay example

1425 Words Jan 1st, 2011 6 Pages
Math is not my best subject. I would go as far to say that at times, I HATE MATH. Don't get me wrong, I use math every day. At work, I have to turn fractions into decimals. I can figure out my change at the store. I am even getting through this Stats class. I just wish I knew exactly why I don't like math. It might be because it seems like such a foreign language to me.

I can remember when I started learning math. I used to sit in my class and use my chisel and rock slate to carve the numbers so I could study them. Then I learned to take the numbers and add them and subtract them. Then I learned what was the advanced math, multiplication and division. I thought this wasn't so bad. I got good grades. I would study for my tests and pass.
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Math, as it turns out, is not about numbers, formulas, etc. it is about problem solving, critical thinking and opinion development. I find it sad that it is not emphasized and promoted this way in early years of education.
It would clear up many misconceptions of what math really is and I think it would help students like myself understand what is trying to be accomplished.

Problem solving is a process which occurs when a set of conditions are given and a goal is given, but the means to achieve the goal must be developed. We should leave the traditional problems behind and move onto more creative/process type problems in math. Some examples would be:

The Traditional Problem: where one has the conditions, a few strategies to achieve a goal. An example of this would be: Take several sugar cubes and stacked them so they are two high, four wide, and four deep. How many sugar cubes are used in all?

Another type of problem is the Creative Problem: where one is given the conditions and a few strategies for each condition and one must achieve multiple goals. This example could be: to create as many different rectangular prism solids as you can using 32 sugar cubes.

A third type is the Process Problem: which is much like the creative problem, except emphasis is placed on the process of solving the problem while little is placed on the goal or solution. The emphasis is in the justification of the answer,…

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