Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics is a language that allows us to model our world from atoms to galaxies, airplanes in flight and spacecraft in space, biological and geological activity, weather forecasting, social science and natural science. Mathematics allows engineers to design buildings, automobiles, computers, machines used in production and assembly, farm equipment, roads, tunnels and... Continue Reading →
“We want you to tell us — the Answer.”
FOOK: Oh Deep Thought, your task is this. We want you to tell us -- the Answer.Long pause. Deep Thought bleeps and bloops.DEEP THOUGHT: The Answer…to what?LUNKWILL: You know. The answer. To Life…the Universe…Everything.FOOK: We'd really like an answer. Something simple. Can you do it? The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy The above conversation reminds... Continue Reading →
Why do students find mathematics difficult? – Part 2
This article is a continuation of my editorial Why do students find mathematics difficult? As brought out in the first editorial, there is no one reason why students find mathematics difficult, BUT there are many external reasons why mathematics is MADE difficult. Since I wrote that editorial, I have learned a few things that I would... Continue Reading →
What Is Mathematics?
If you would have asked me the above question before I did some research on the answer to this question, I would have given you a response something like this: "Mathematics is the science and study of quality, structure, space, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns, formulate new conjectures, and establish truth by rigorous deduction... Continue Reading →
Who Are You?
The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice. “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, sir,... Continue Reading →
Ehh, What’s Up, Doc?
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin Scenario seen in real, TV and movie classrooms: Students take test, teacher grades test, hands test back to students with grade and wrong answers marked in red, and teacher moves on to the next topic. This happened... Continue Reading →
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
We gotta get out of this placeIf it's the last thing we ever doWe gotta get out of this place'Cause girl, there's a better life for me and you The Animals If you do a web search on "serious teacher shortage", you will find many results (my search returned 254,000,000 results) about teachers considering leaving... Continue Reading →
Why do students find mathematics difficult?
Opinions Here are a few answers1 to the question. (I have highlighted aspects of the answer that I believe are what make mathematics difficult.) First, teachers. A lot of elementary school teachers hate math and almost none of them ever do any math. That is, they don’t try to prove theorems or solve puzzles or... Continue Reading →
The World is Full of History
No study of mathematics can be consideredcomplete without attention to its history. Junaid Mubeen - Mathematics. Education. Innovation. In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted are confronted by Mr. Ryan, their history teacher, about their not being able to graduate because they are failing his class. Mr. Ryan: Listen guys, don't forget, tomorrow.... Continue Reading →
Knowledge is Good
In the movie Animal House, when Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger and Kent "Flounder" Dorfman walk past the statue of Emil Faber, founder of Faber College, we see that his motto is "KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD". Breadth and Depth of Knowledge Knowledge is good, but what about understanding and wisdom? (The editorial, Purpose of this Website, elucidates the... Continue Reading →