Sunday, March 16, 2014

Algebra...?

Math.

Seriously, must I? Long before I ever knew about algebra, I had crossed math off my list of "fun things to do". Anybody with me here?


I remember when I dug my stubborn little grade school heels in the dirt and told my dad (who worked for a bank) that I could see no use in the world for math. My dad, wise person that he was, went straight for my Achilles heel and said, "How are you going to count your horses if you don't know how to do math?"

Ouch. I dove into my math studies, and I even learned to like it a little bit - a few years down the road.

Some things just take some time and a little work to find the fun in them. It often takes a healthy dose of "want to" to get through the "don't like". Once the "want to" takes over, the "don't like" doesn't have a chance.

My grandmother (my father's mother) shared my dislike for math. She wrote a little poem in the front of her algebra book.

 
"If there should be another flood
To this book I would quickly fly
For should there be another flood
This book would still be dry."
 
This, by the way, would be the same grandmother who later became a librarian and worked with the Dewey Decimal System all day long. Sounds close enough to math for me!
 
One step at a time is the way we get many things done. Give it a try and get your "want to" going! How about starting with reading the Bible for five minutes a day. That's like two or three commercials you could save yourself from watching. It's about the amount of time it takes oatmeal to cook. It's... well, you get the idea. Already reading your Bible? Add five minutes a day. *grins* It's about the same amount of time to play a game of solitaire.
 
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

Blessings,
Kathy
 
PS Yes, and I learned to count my horses very well. "One, two." In all fairness to Dad, though, calculating feed ratios, figuring hay weight vs. pellet weight, and budgeting for livestock feed has required considerable math on my part. He wins - again!
 
Now I am off to read that five minute Bible passage!

26 comments:

  1. Math is not my strong suit either, I had and still have much better things to do, like maybe read my bible/

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  2. always enjoy learning something new...some classes are just more fun than others :D Without math - cooking is off the table. ;)

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    1. haha - Maybe that's why my cooking is a little... um... different! ;-)

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  3. I studied a lot of math in my life. It usually wasn't fun, though. I think it could be with a great teacher. I've thought of re-visiting some of that math just for fun. (on my own) I think it could be like fun puzzles to solve. (perhaps wishful thinking)

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    1. Solving some algebra problems was like a secret code and I did enjoy that part. I got to draw graphs in geometry, too. LOL - any drawing was obviously okay with me. Trig, however, totally lost me! haha I agree, a good teacher makes a big difference in any class.

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  4. Love your grandmother's poem. My grandmother and great-grandmother were librarians -- uppity women!

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    1. LOL
      Thanks - she had a great sense of humor!

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  5. My sentiments exactly :)
    That poem is awesome and funny!!

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    1. Thank you! There have been a few math lovers in our family, but many of us agree with Grandmother!

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  6. I'm terrible at math, too. In fact, I had to do some yesterday in my space planning class. Boo... But you're right, there was some fun to be had once I got over the irritation of figuring square footage and the placement of emergency exits. :-)

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    1. LOL - A lot of the fun of math is in the satisfaction of having it behind us!

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  7. Haha...your grandmother's poem cracks me up :)
    I always enjoyed algebra...but not geometry or statistics!

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    1. I never took statistics, but I did take trigonometry. Oy! For my last math class, I took the History and Philosophy of Mathematics. That class was fun!

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  8. I was with my 8 year old grandson yesterday, and he kept asking questions like: How old will I be in 2021? How old will you be in 2025? What year were you born? So, you were ____ age when I was born? His little brain was doing all the calculations to see if I was giving him the right answers!

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    1. My goodness! So gifted in math at such a young age! How wonderful!

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  9. I actually like algebra, and when you sew you use math all the time!

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    1. Very true! LOL I worked for many years as a picture framer - constantly doing math all day long! Sometimes the project makes the math a lot more fun. =)

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  10. Ahaha. Great poem!

    I don't really like math (funny since my dad was a math professor until a couple years ago), but I did sort of like calculus. I could see applications for it, so it didn't seem like a random waste of time like trig and other mathematical disciplines.

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    1. My dad liked math and he showed us some fun things to do with math and I that I liked. Trig totally lost me, though - lol

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  11. I loved math! Not too long ago, we were at a store and the cash registers/computers went down, right in the middle of a transaction. The clerk could not calculate how much change to give us! We both quickly told her and she looked awestruck that we would know that without a computer/calculator! Do you remember slide rules?

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    1. That is always amazing to me. We used to give perspective employees a test that included using fractions and counting change back. Surprised some of them to know that we didn't have a cash register and they would have to figure out the correct change. LOL Guess what I found? Would you like a vintage slide rule??? *roflol*

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  13. LOL Kathy... I love math, I'm just not very good at it past the elementary school stuff!

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    1. haha! I tried to love math because Dad loved it. He did show us some fun things to do with math, and that helped. But when I got to the college stuff, oh my! LOL

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