How much do you like math?I'm not much of a big math fan, but i know that there are a lot of people out there that really enjoy math... what are your thoughts on math?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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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 was one of the reasons I became an English teacher.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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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.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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ophelious | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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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.

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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!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think math appears to certain types of people, the people who like rules and patterns. Some people also like the fact that usually everything balances, and there will be a right answer. It's a puzzle to solve, but once you learn the rules you have the keys to the kingdom.
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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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I think math is obviously very important to understanding the world around us better. Without math, how would we make change, determine how much we need or something, or calculate percent?

In my opinion I neither really like math nor really hate it. I do it because I have to, but it never really has interested me too much. 

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kpinky | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I love maths please give me a Euclid's division algorithm do you have another solution for euclids lemma


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elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Math, Math, Mth, what a great little difficult simple thing. The way you approach solving a puzzle affects how far you go in figuring it out. Quite tasking atimes but patience and practice are friends you can work with, who will help you through the somewhat difficult questions. Math is very interesting. Its well....I will say SWEET,(although I fail it sometimes).

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valie77 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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not at all

i think that they should see what a person wants to become in their later life and see if math is nessessairy...

for example i want to become an acctrisse i do not see how math will help me !!!

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hedunstan | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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How much do you like math?

I'm not much of a big math fan, but i know that there are a lot of people out there that really enjoy math... what are your thoughts on math?

im not a big lover of mathmatics and get really bad grades in it

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