- I'm thick… kids maths help please
Cougar… yes I did. She was still doing still on the PC and i didn’t want to disturb her.
Was your kid’s problem with division of fractions or with the algebra?
For division of fractions: Keep the first fraction, change the sign to a multiply, flip the second fraction. Keep, change, flip.
Probably both. But when I mentioned
KFCKCF she remembered. It was probably the algebra that confused meher.
Took me five goes to pass my maths O level – my housemaster was so happy when I finally passed that he gave me £5 (lot of money back then) to go to the school bar (yes, our school had its own pub!) 🙂Posted 8 months agogonefishinMember
It’s amazing how much you forget are taught at school that’s NEVER NEEDED FOR ANYTHING ELSE BUT SCHOOL MATHS!. I did a-level maths but then spent the last 20 ish years in the bike trade and ive spent ages tryning remember
It always amazes me that statements like that are made about Maths, but never about English or pretty much any other subject. I did Higher English and I’ve never had to write a criticism of a play, novel or poem since then. In fact I don’t think I’ve even read a poem since I left school. It doesn’t mean that I think that the time I spent in school doing it was wasted.Posted 8 months agothecaptainMember
Yeah, when I’ve got half an ounce and want to know how many eighths that is, fractional division is indeed useful.
To be honest I do think the time I spent reading poetry was wasted. That, and latin. A surprisingly large proportion of the rest has come in handy one way or another though.Posted 8 months ago
Yeah, you could say that about any subject that you don’t decide to use as a career. As an occasional coder I find maths very useful. But great swathes of my education are largely useless day-to-day. History for example; “having knowledge” is obviously a good thing, but my life wouldn’t have been ruined by not knowing who won a war in the middle ages. It’s not like I can do anything to change the outcome. Or RE, the only use I’ve got for that is a) realising it’s all fairy stories and b) arguing on STW. Chemistry; moles, valences, atomic weights, who cares beyond chemists?
But that’s the point though isn’t it. Without teaching everyone science (say), a handful of them would never go on to become scientists.Posted 8 months agojohndohMember
Did you learn to read and write after leaving school?
Pretty well much yes actually – certainly the writing side of it. At school I didn’t know where to put an apostrophe nor when to use there or their but I have since worked out the fundamentals for myself.
And I wouldn’t know (then or now) where to start with the OP’s maths question.Posted 8 months agoteamhurtmoreMember
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But great swathes of my education are largely useless day-to-day.
What a sad thing to read. I hope you didn’t pay (directly) for any of it.
History for example; “having knowledge” is obviously a good thing, but my life wouldn’t have been ruined by not knowing who won a war in the middle ages.
As a hirer of lots of history graduates (for good reason, and in the past) and with mini THM reading history know, I am glad that history is nothing like what is implied in that comment
Or RE, the only use I’ve got for that is a) realising it’s all fairy stories
Bravo SirPosted 8 months agosockpuppetSubscriber
I admit I worked hard at school, and learned quite a lot of maths over the years, and it suits my strengths, but…
I use mental arithmetic dozens of times a day in my work, in safety critical siuations. Speed and accuracy being important.
I use algebra regularly to solve everyday problems, because once the scenario is recast as an equation the result can easily be calculated and might be a surprise, something you might not come to with gut feeling or intuition, or experience. Although, admittedly while true, often not practical. The biggest skill I learned was how to extract the equation from the question!
I often find those who claim they never needed maths since school are simply those with no interest in the help that maths could give them!Posted 8 months ago
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