Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
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!
"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
The ideal lacing should create uniform tension along the length of the lace.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
“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
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:
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?