Math Is Hard High school mathematics teachers are faced with numerous students every year who are unable to handle mathematical content. The primary goal, as a high school mathematics teacher, is to increase the student’s knowledge of algebra. However, many students are not ready for given information. Many students are lacking basic mathematical skills and are unable to do simple calculations, like long division. Nationally too many students are behind in mathematics. Every person no…
quantities gave rise to algebraic methods and techniques practiced and taught even today. And, even though nowadays, algebra is a rather abstract mathematics, this was not always the case. It was through centuries of work from remarkable individuals with an undying passion and curiosity that algebra slowly but surely evolved. Introduction In modern day mathematics, the term algebra denotes the manipulation of abstract symbols, solving equations for unknowns,…
at school, math and science were my favorite subjects. I was really good at math and science subjects, enjoyed solving math problems, and would easily understand mathematic and scientific ideas and lessons. On the other hand, I witnessed that most girls dealt with mathematics and scientific lessons in a different way. They hated mathematics and didn’t enjoy solving math problems like I did. Instead, they were more interested to literature and social sciences. As I grew up, I also came to believe…
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,…
origins of mathematics and how mathematics can be found in everyday life. The film shows you how it all began by taking Donald back to ancient Greece. Pythagoras is the father of mathematics and he showed us how everything does in fact include math in it. Pythagoras learned that from taking one thread of string and dividing it in half then dividing that in half and so on, he learned they each have their own tones due to each length of the strings. He realized music can be produced by mathematics…
following questions will engage students in higher level thinking and mathematical reasoning: “Is there another way to get this answer?” and/or “Can you explain how you got your answer?”. This strategy is from the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics, “Teaching and Learning Principles from PtA”, which entails asking essential questions that are to be a catalyst for deeper levels of thinking (NCTM, 2014). This formative assessment helped me see if they conceptually understood the lesson…
A relationship with numbers and codes is my fate. I learned math for an Olympic Mathematics Competition that I’ve been involved in since I was 9 years old. I became familiar with algorithms like congruence, Horner algorithm and graph theory before I could use a computer. Now as a senior in the school of mathematics at XX University, one of the top three mathematical schools in China. I chose math as my major to build a good mathematical foundation to thoroughly learn about computer science. With…
formulas, and systems, but there is also an aspect of how even certain mathematical theories lead to disorder. On the other hand, sex can be seen as a distraction, lust, or taboo, but it is also an essential aspect of life. Stoppard demonstrates how mathematics and sex are two opposing forces in the world that can clash and lead to destruction. From the start of the play, Thomasina’s curiosity about sex illuminates its taboo portrayal in society. In the…
Oh mathematics. A type of study that sets people apart, but also brings groups together. A study that’s been around for generations, longer than I can count. It influences people in different ways, but for me, I would say “it’s complicated.” I learned how to count at a young age due to the fact that my mother was a Nigerian high school teacher. She began teaching me in my early years how to add numbers up to one hundred, spell all kinds of words, and recite all kinds of stories. A few years…
Primes – the building blocks of all numbers: The dictionary meaning of prime is ‘Of first importance’ or ‘Of the best quality, excellent’ etc. What is so great about prime numbers? A number is said to be a prime if it is divisible only by 1 and itself. 5, for example, is a prime number because it is divisible only by 1 and 5. The number 4 can be divided by 1, 4 AND 2. So it is not a prime number. Numbers that are not primes are said to be composite numbers. The fundamental theorem of Arithmetic…