Why is math hard in school 5x5=25

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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So often subjects in school seem more difficult than they are if students are not especially interested in them, and certainly Math, and Reading, and other core subjects do not always appeal to students. When learning the basics of subjects, students often have to memorize and learn concepts which do not seem real, and so are not very exciting. So, perhaps the student can try to learn the basic math by playing some games that involve numbers.

An old game that is still popular today is the board game Monopoly.  Nowadays, there are Monopoly games for favorite cities, football teams, and so on. The object of the game is to purchase property (land) and then get all the land that forms a monopoly, or group. (For the ones made after a big city such as New York or Chicago, the properties are named after real places in these areas, such as Manhatten Ave. and Boardwalk.)  The player who is able to buy the most land then gets to collect rent money from other players when their token ends up on a square that is theirs. Players roll dice and move the number of spaces shown on the dice. Sometimes, players draw a card if they land on a certain square. The cards say different things, one of which is "Go to Jail." So, then, the player must sit in jail and buy his/her way out or lose turns going around the board. Every time a player goes around the board, he/she earns $200.00. It's fun to count when you are winning and earning hundreds of dollars!

Maybe things seem hard and are not fun, but if a person perseveres and spends time memorizing and such, she can feel good about ourselves when they feel the joys of success. Challenge a friend and see which one of you can learn new concepts faster. Remember that it is important to know numbers and multiplication tables and how to calculate amounts because adults have to know such things when they make big purchases such as cars and houses or pay for meals. If they don't, someone could cheat them.

And just think. If people did not understand math, there would be no computers and computerized games. Yes, mathematics is behind many computer programs. So, find some ways to enjoy mathematics. Play card games or something with play money. You will soon find it less difficult at school if you have been having fun with it at home or with friends. 

There are some things that you can do to help you remember the multiplication tables. Practice:  Count by fives: 5,10,15,20, 25,30,35,40, 45,50.... Count by twos: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20. Say them over and over.  When multiplying by 9, for example, it is much easier if you think of what is added to 1,2,3,4, and so on in order to make 9. Here's how it works:

1x9=9  Easy because every number x 1 i=that same number. (0+9=9) Start with 0 as the first number; then go 1,2,3 through 9)

2x9=18  (1+8=9) the numbers will always add up to 9)

3x9+27  (2+7=9)

4x9-36    (3+6=9) So, just ask yourself, "What plus 3 makes 9? (Answer: 6) What plus 4 makes 9? What plus 5                                         makes 9, and so on.

5x9=45   (4+5=9)

6x9=54   (5+4=9)

7x9=63  (6+3=9)

8x9=72  (7+2=9)

9x9=81  (8+1=9)

10x9=90 (9+0=9)

11x9=99  (Okay, the pattern is over, but any single digit number x 11 = that number written twice: 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99)

12 x9=108

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sid-sarfraz | Student, Graduate | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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Math is a very interesting subject. Never say that its difficult. Nothings difficult. And if one believes that math is difficult then he/she wont be able to understand its basics. Math is challenging and technical but not hard. 

5 x 5 = 25

Learn the table of 5. Simple or in other ways understand this;

5 x 1 = 5 (One times 5 taken is 5)

5 x 2 = 10 (Two times 5 taken becomes 10 like 5+5=10)

5 x 3 = 15 (Three times 5 taken becomes 15 like 5+5+5=15)

5 x 4 = 20 (Four times 5 taken becomes 20 like 5+5+5+5=20)

5 x 5 = 25 (Five times 5 taken becomes 25 like 5+5+5+5+5=25)

and so on......

In short nothing is difficult. One just have to understand basics and anything can be solved.

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jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Math is easy when you're working with the basics of math. For example,  addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.  But once you reach the higher level of math that's when it starts getting tricky.  For example,  later on there are many more formulas to memorize. Plus the hardest thing about math is that one simple arithmetic mistake is able to ruin your whole answer. 

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Math is very easy, it's just that you need to understand the concept on how to do the math. There would be some mistakes in times where adding, multiplying, subtracting, and dividing will be messed up making the whole entire answer wrong. But otherwise math itself is very fun and easy!

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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You just have to keep practicing and get use to the work. Once you start understanding it then it won't be that hard

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Math is something you have to work on a bit, if you memorize the concepts and put them to use, then it becomes much easier then you think. 

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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You just have to get used to math. It gets a lot harder once you enter high school. In 7th grade you'll think Algebra is a bit hard until you get it but once you reach Calculus you wish you could go back to the days you had Algebra. Nothing gets easier you just have to learn to work hard and understand it

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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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Its just about practice. Often, students are just intimidated by numbers when there is no need to be. Being fluent in math is just as important as literacy. Does math come more easily to some than others? Yes. But that doesn't make it impossible. With enough practice, anyone can have a working knowledge of basic mathematics. There are lots of videos on Youtube (like numberphile) that can help you appreciate the beauty of maths. 

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