Essay on Mathematics And The Elementary School

1005 Words Aug 26th, 2015 null Page
So many people have different interpretations of mathematics, in elementary school we learn that if you have 5 apples and your neighbor takes 3 away you are only left with 2. In middle school we were shown that there are 360 degrees in a circle and a numerous variety of rules and theorems that seemed only relevant for that section. We learned about sine, cosine, and tangent, which were chiseled in our brain. In high school we were introduced to things I didn’t know existed, such as derivatives, 4-step problems, linear regression lines. When I am asked the question what is math, I still seem to divert my attention to the elementary school response and explain that math is finite and always has an answer despite my knowledge that it doesn’t always have a solution. Math to me is basic and is still that way, when I am faced with a “mathematical” problem I assume there is one right answer and that’s it. I have not been able to train my mind to see mathematics at any other angle than a right angle. I wouldn’t consider myself a good mathematician so much as a good rule follower. When given an equation and numbers I can easily find the answer, but when it comes to questions that have multiple if not finite solutions I get frustrated. I think to be considered a good mathematician you have to have an open mind and an understanding that sometimes 2+2 can and will sometimes equal 5. To be good at something means to have an excellent knowledge and a rational sense of a…

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