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With exponential trends of data growth and computational power colliding, the
Algorithms help tackle complicated challenges—especially necessary as companies |

## Tuesday, August 18, 2009

### Algorithms - Logical Thinking

In the article below, you will find out how learning mathematics is important to develop the ability of working effectively and efficiently. When learning mathematics, you are learning to think in a logical manner, which will allow you to solve problems using step-by-step processes known as algorithms. Complex real-life problems can only be solved if individuals know how to apply algorithms to vast amount of data with the aid of computers, which are then analyzed and interpreted to make informed decisions. I encourage you to read the article below and learn more how mathematics play an important role in decision-making.

## Monday, August 17, 2009

### Shoelaces and Math

I found this interesting article of how we use math when tying our shoes. Another example how math is an integral part of our lives, even in the simplest tasks such as tying our shoes. Once again, Math is Everywhere!

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clipped from news.nationalgeographic.com "We learn nothing of practical value about shoelaces that couldn't be found by The bows that people make while tying shoelaces have nothing to do with making clipped from news.nationalgeographic.com The ideal lacing should create uniform tension along the length of the lace. |

## Thursday, August 6, 2009

### For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics!

Interesting article! Learning mathematics, in particular statistics, is essential in times where everything is measured or quantified. We need people capable of analyzing data to identify trends and make accurate predictions. Click the link below to learn more about how learning statistics could lead you to a lucrative career.

“We’re rapidly entering a world where everything can be monitored and measured,” The new breed of statisticians tackle that problem. They use powerful computers Computing and numerical skills, experts say, matter far more than degrees. So The data surge is elevating a profession that traditionally tackled less visible |

## Sunday, August 2, 2009

### How Algebra is going to help me be or become ...?

Today, a student asked one of the typical questions that students ask in a developmental math course: "How Algebra is going to help me be or become ...?" Unfortunately, today this question irked my normal coolness and patience with students. Why students continue having a narrowed mind about knowledge in general? Why they consider course content as useless when they cannot find an immediate application of this content to their lives? Why shut down the unlimited ramifications of what they are learning to focus it only to the present they live in?

As you can see, I was annoyed by the question since I cannot comprehend how students invest so much in a college education to just come out the same way they got in: with a narrowed mind attitude. I thought the purpose of earning a college education is to come out a better person than when we got in. Anyway, here is my response to my student's discussion post:

As you can see, I was annoyed by the question since I cannot comprehend how students invest so much in a college education to just come out the same way they got in: with a narrowed mind attitude. I thought the purpose of earning a college education is to come out a better person than when we got in. Anyway, here is my response to my student's discussion post:

*Students,**Learning Algebra will help you in the following way:**(1) To earn a college degree since it is part of your degree plan. The college degree diploma will open many opportunities that you may have never expected. Once you earn your degree, employers will see this as a person who is persistent, hard worker, self-disciplined and capable of overcoming whatever challenges s/he may face. Isn't this what you experienced in this course?**(2) To make you think in a structured, logical and critical manner. This is what Algebra is all about! When difficult situations arise in your life, you will methodically think and reflect how to solve it instead of just making wild guesses or reactive decisions that most likely you will regret at a later time.**(3) To develop the habit of working smarter, not harder. I am certain there have been times in your life that you are responsible for completing a task that is tedious and repetitive, and you wonder if there is a better way to do it. The ability of analyzing if there is a pattern on what you do and find a better-efficient way of doing it is what Algebra is all about.**In my humble opinion, and with all due respect, it is time to stop seeing Algebra as a manipulation of variables, such as x + y = z, and start realizing that Algebra is about understanding how the world around you works, so you can take control and make it better. Isn't this why you are pursuing a college degree?*
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