October 2011

The Many Types of Math

"Physicists, biologist, chemists and almost every other type of scientist on the planet use math everyday."

When I was in grade school, I pretty much though math ended with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

When I got a few grades higher, I learned about algebra, geometry and trigonometry. When I hit high school, I discovered probability and statistics.

Wow, and I wasn't finished there. In college I discovered calculus, differential equation and partial differential equations. Math is such an expansive subject and is used in almost every aspect of life. We use it to balance out checkbook and measure out our ingredients.

It's used to build buildings and the development of computer programs. The computer I am using to type these does more mathematical expressions per second than I have done in my entire life. Ok, so maybe I am exaggerating, but in the case of super computers like IBM's Blue Gene that is not the case.

Winnie Wrote Some Math Books

Danica McKellar “Math Doesn't Suck,” “Kiss My Math” and “Hot X: Algebra Exposed.”

It's not often that a celebrity writes a book worth reading, let as well, one that is actually educational. Celebrity books

 are often filled with memories about how they got started in the business or are ghost written by someone that actually knows what they are doing...don't ask me how I know this.

Many people will remember Danica McKellar as Winnie from the Wonder Years, but she's all grown up and apparently a math whiz. McKellar took a hiatus from Hollywood to get her degree in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Can Learning Math Be Fun?

 

When I was in school, math was always my most difficult subject. It was always my lowest score on my standardized 

tests and worst grades. Many people thought I was crazy when I studied physics in college, but science was always my passion.

I trudged through my Calculus and differential equations classes, trying to stay awake as my professor took an entire class explaining a single mathematical proof. I didn't think anything could make math interesting. The textbooks were filled with endless math problems, but nothing to make it interesting. Even in grade school, addition and subtraction were all concepts that were simply put to us.

How can we expect out children to develop a love of math if we put it to them in such a way that makes is impossible to enjoy. I don't know any child that enjoys being bored. Luckily, the days of boring are over thanks to books developed especially to make math fun. Children will look forward to learning math instead of dreading it.

A Love Of Math

 

When I was a kid in school, the thing I hated more than anything else was math. The idea of spending an hour a day 

going over algebra and trigonometry made me nauseous. It was a complete waste of time because when was I going to use it?

My parents never had more than high school educations. Other than the occasional adding and subtracting for bills, they never used any other type of math, and I didn't figure I would either. It wasn't until I hit high school and began getting interested in science that I truly saw the beauty of math. Everything in the world could be put into mathematical terms from the percentage of rain in the morning to the way the planets revolved around the sun.