I always hated math in school.

It’s just one of those subjects

I can’t get my mind around.

Oh sure,

2 + 2 = 4 is okay , I guess….

But when you start

adding letters like A + B

and getting a number

as an answer-

well,

Mister Man…

— you lost me there.

To me,

A + B = AB .

If *that* was right,

why wouldn’t 2 + 2

be equal to 22 ?

Hey,

for all I know about math,

it is, somehow.

How the hell should I know?

But, nobody ever accused me

of being a rocket scientist.

Part of the problem

I always had with

math in school

was that nobody

could explain to me

how a mathematical

process *really* worked

in practical language

that even a cretin like I

(ok -like ‘me’)

could understand.

I mean,

I just couldn’t understand:

WHY you don’t get PIE

with a Pie chart….

or why “PI”

is so much more of an ‘irrational’

than not getting pie with a pie chart…

or why it’s perfectly fine

to have imaginary numbers

in an algebraic equation,

but wrong to have

an imaginary hottie girlfriend

named “Wendy”.

or what difference ‘New Math’

makes over ‘Old Math’,

when I still can’t get the

right answer, anyway.

or why the batch of rubber

I laid in the school parking lot

with my Dad’s 1972 Torino

didn’t count as a “Ford Circle” —

or why any test on “Probability Theory”

always resulted in a 90 percent conjecture

that I was gonna fail it…..

or why the solution

to every “Boolean Function”

proved ‘Evasive’ —

and ended up

making me feel like a Foolean.

or why my Math Teacher

grading on a “Bell Curve”

always landed me

somewhere down near the clapper.

Let’s face it —

you could make

ANYTHING* beyond complicated*

with Mathematics.

Take a simple idea like:

“How do you put

an elephant in a refrigerator?”

And forget the logical stuff

like:

“Why would you WANT

to put an elephant in a refrigerator?”

Because a math whiz

could still give you

a dozen equations for how to do it.

Oh–

you just:

*” Let ϵ>0*

*ϵ>0. Then for all such ϵ*

*ϵ, there exists a δ>0*

*δ>0 such that*

*∣ ∣ ∣ elephant2 n ∣ ∣ ∣ <ϵ*

*|elephant2n|<ϵ for all n>δ*

*n>δ . Therefore
lim n→∞ elephant2 n =0.*

*limn→∞elephant2n=0. “*

Or:

*“Since 1/2 n <1/n 2*

*1/2n<1/n2 for n≥5 n≥5 , *

*by comparison, we know
that ∑ n≥1 elephant2 n “*

Or:

*” There exists an affine transformation
F:R 3 →R 3 :p ⃗ ↦Ap ⃗ +
q ⃗ F:R3→R3:p→↦Ap→+q→
that will allow the elephant
to be put into the refrigerator.
Just make sure detA≠0 detA≠0
so you can take the elephant back out,
and detA>0 / detA>0
so you don’t end up with a pulpy mess. “*

Ahhh….

So THAT’s how you do it.

It’s now as clear as mud.

I’ll stick to buffalo ….

it’s much simpler.

No wonder

I like history better.

HOY!

I’m just waiting, someday I’ll be at a train station and there will be a train coming from the north at 65 mph and I’ll also see a train coming from the south going 87 mph and I’ll know where to stand to watch them collide. Very practical things can be solved with math even if only for that one thing. Someday it may happen. 😀

Hahahahaha — talk aout a train wreck. 😀

I’m with ya’ on all of this, C!

I’d pick History, or Literature, or P.E. or Science or Art, etc., over Math any day and twice on Sundays! 😀

What math I’ve needed to do as an adult…I can do on my calculator or sometimes in my pea-brain. 😛

I have niece who majored in Math in college! 😮 She is now an actuary and making the BIG BUCK$! 🙂

1 HUG + 1 Million HUGS = It will be awhile before you are outa’ hugs! 😀

YAY — I’ll take as many as I can get !!!!!!!!!

Never did understand imaginary numbers, lol

Hey, I had a 69 Torino. Great car!!!

Yes—- I loved those Torinos !!!!!! 🙂

hahahah good one! I’m with you all the way on this. . .my head even hurts a bit after seeing your ‘examples’. Hey here’s a tiny trivia–in Ireland (maybe Britian too) they say ‘maths’ instead of ‘math’.

Hahahaha– that’s cause there’s so many different ways of solving em. 😀

A mathematician told me once that either you understand math or you memorize it. I told him I was a memorizer, and now that I’m getting old(er), I find I’m losing my memory – so why did I have to study it again? I forget!

😀 One word — calculator. 😀 LOL

Sure – now they come up with this technology – AFTER I’m out of school!! 🙂

I know exactly what you mean– think of all the tests I coulda passed. 😀

haha

I’m enough of a nerd that I went looking on line for a Pi Day t-shirt last year. I didn’t buy any (yet), but my favorite was of a Pi-rate. (Picture a Pi symbol decked out with a pegleg, bandana, and gold hoop earring.) There was also a daydreamy Pi-in-the-sky design that caught my eye.

And now I want pie.

PIE ! WE WANT PIE !!!!! WE WANT PIE !!!!!!! (lemon pie in my case) 😀

Maths have gotten more friendly over the years…but not Algebra.

I don’t have me no beat n rhythm neither. So I stays away from metered verse. I can’t even get the ba-bump of a Limerick.

Those word problems are a hoot for sure. Like the one with the three light bulbs in a room and three switches out side and you are supposed to figure out which bulb has burnt out so you can change it. Then they tell you the guy touches the bulbs to see if they are warm… seems so logical… which I guess I ain’t…

😀 It does seem logical, and counter-intuitive at the same time. 😀