by Garrettc

Unfortunately, many students believe that mathematics is what they only do in the math classroom instead of the processes they naturally use in their daily lives to make decisions and/or choices. The article below (click the link for full article) shows 9 basic mental abilities we all have and it represents doing mathematics. We are mathematical beings by nature!

clipped from http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_04_05.html

doing mathematics makes use of nine basic mental

abilities

1. Number sense

Child psychologists have

demonstrated conclusively that we are all born with

number sense

2. Numerical ability

The Sumerians are the first people we know of who

used abstract numbers

3. Spatial-reasoning ability

ability to recognize shapes and to judge

distances

4. A sense of cause and effect. Much of

mathematics depends on "if this, then that"

reasoning, an abstract form of thinking about

causes and their effects.

5. The ability to construct and follow a causal

chain of facts or events. A mathematical proof

is a highly abstract version of a causal chain of

facts.

6. Algorithmic ability. This is an abstract version

of the fifth ability on this list.

7. The ability to handle abstraction

8. Logical-reasoning ability

9. Relational-reasoning ability

Much of mathematics deals

with relationships among abstract objects

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