I hated math as a student. I was adept at arithmetical methods, but never grasped the higher levels of math. My grades weren't good, but I studied harder (and had more homework) in my math classes than any others in order to get a decent grade. My dislike of math...

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was one of the reasons I became an English teacher.

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While I do not necessary like math (probably because I find it too time-consuming), I can accept the importance of it in everyday life. Therefore, I feel as if math, overall, simply exists as a necessary evil.

I really don't like Math! Interestingly, in the UK, when I went to school, Math, or Maths as we call it, is only compulsory up until the age of 16, where you have to take a national exam in it called a GCSE. Once you have done that however you are free to not study any more Maths if you want. It does mean, however, that your Maths skills get very rusty as time goes by and you forget everything.

I am the exact converse of #5. I had a hard time with algebra and geometry in high school, but when I got into trigonometry and precalculus, it felt like everything suddenly snapped into place. As a science person, I particularly loved statistics, because it allows me to identify and explore patterns in large amounts of data.

I wouldn't say that I do math for recreational purposes (except for sudoku puzzles), but I like being able to wield math properly to solve problems in physics and chemistry, and in everyday life as well. I see math as a very powerful tool, and having mastery of its use is a good feeling.

I loved math up to a certain point. It was fun to solve problems in Alg I and in Geometry. Math is fun at that level because even I could use logic to figure things out. In my own field, social sciences/history, we don't get to do that as much because the field is more open to opinion and conjecture.

But once I got past Alg II, I was done. I couldn't grasp the concepts well and so math stopped being fun.

It doesn't matter so much if I "like" math or not. It's kind of like asking if I like gravity. The laws (if that's what they call) that math represent via equations and such simply *are. *

Of course, I'm being annoying : )

You're asking more what people think about solving math *problems, *I suppose. I don't care for it, myself, in that much of the math a person if forced to learn in school is not practical. Personally, I don't like solving equations and such that don't have stories behind them. The solving of general algebra problems is tedious and dull, and most people forget how to do it as soon as they're out of school because such knowledge doesn't get used (and therefore practiced) much. It's forced on people because being able to solve them proves that the schools are making kids "smarter" because math problems have TRUE/FALSE type answers. They are easy to grade and compare with other countries and states. How exactly can you compare the quality of essays across the board?

I'm not math-bashing...without the right people knowing the right math we'd all be in a world of hurt. I'm just saying that personally, the advanced practice of math is about as fun and useful to me as an acid-based hemorrhoid creme.

I am glad to have the math knowledge that I have so that I can function intelligently in my world, but I am not a fan of math for math's sake. For example, I am glad that I can mentally calculate percentages so that I can give a proper tip to a waiter or determine what kind of deal I am getting on an item I want to purchase. I am glad to be able to understand how my mortgage works. I appreciate the value of compounded interest in my investments. I have, more than once, used my math skills to determine the square footage of a room to determine how much flooring I would need. But to say that I would ever just work on a random algebra equation???? NEVER! I am always tell my students there is a reason why I teach English!