Friday, October 13, 2017

MATH (MENTAL ABUSE TO HUMANS)

As I recall, I was completely baffled by 8th grade algebra.  Geometry, which I took in the 9th grade, was a snap!!  Kids who had sailed through algebra couldn't, for the most part, make heads or tails out of geometry.  Go figure!!

If you'll allow me to brag a bit, I am brilliant.  It's just that math is not my strong suit.  That's part of the reason my marriage has lasted so long.  Bud is an accountant/attorney.  I translate things for him & check his spelling & he does all my math.  For those of you who might say we don't have a brain between us, you're wrong; we have one!!  (Also, he gives me his avocados & olives & he gets all my mushrooms.)

 I dug up this collection at Curiosity.com of mathematical cheat codes to divide your multiplication woes in half:

 Figuring out a percentage: You can always switch the numbers when finding a percentage. This trick won't always make it easier, but it's a nice thing to keep in your pocket just in case. So 36% of 50 is the same as 50% of 36: 18. And 18% of 200 is the same as 200% of 18: 36. Now that's a good way to impress a date.

 Multiplying by 11: Multiplying 11 by 1–10 is a piece of cake. But after that, it gets tricky. Here's what you do to multiply it by a 2-digit number, say, 35. First, separate the two digits with a blank: 3_5. Then add them together and fill in the blank: 385. There's your answer! If the digits add up to 10 or larger, just carry the one — it's not 6115, it's 715.

1. My mother and one of my brothers fought over who did my maths and physics homework. I let them.

1. As long as you didn't have to do it, right?

2. Such a brilliant post, well thought out and all.
Lol at Eelphant's Child.

1. Thank you!! That was funny, wasn't it?

3. I think Calvin is onto something there.
I was never brilliant, but I did ace the class at math two terms in a row.
Now all I remember is enough to keep my budget on track and save a dollar here and there.

1. That's more than a lot of people can do with their budget!!

4. I agree with Barbie, "Math is hard!"

5. I hated math and didn't do well in it until I had a couple of math teachers who made sense. The last time I took a math class, my daughter tutored me. She's the best math teacher I've ever had.

Love,
Janie

1. A good teacher makes all the difference!!

6. I never took Algebra or Geometry. Heck I barely passed basic math!
Lisa

1. All you need for life is basic math!!

7. My Dad was brilliant at math and taught me a bunch of short cuts which did not make me popular with my teachers. They wanted me to use the standard process and none other. I really hated those thought problems though--"The train leaves the station at 10:15 going 65 MPH---. Grr.

1. Thought/logic problems drive me batty!!

8. I never was really good at math in school, then the job I had ended up being a lot of calculations on a daily basis, I learned to be good at it then...not so much now ha ha

1. Your brain has obviously retired!!

9. Loved these! I must confess... I'm a bit of a math nerd. Some years ago, when I was studying for one of my amateur radio licensing tests that involved a lot of advanced math calculations, my hubby caught me working out square roots in longhand. He wanted to know what the hell I was doing, and I said something along the lines of, "I don't have a calculator, and I don't know where my slide rule is." He laughed and tossed me a newfangled scientific calculator. OMG!

1. I don't believe in square roots!!

10. Last night I had a dream about math problems, and the first one looked like that DOG YEARS problem!

In dreamland, I was at my grandma's house, racing with Genius and some other person to solve 3 problems. I don't know the prize, but I figured I was going to lose, until I decided that Genius might rush through it, and if I took my time, I might get the right answer if he was wrong.

1. You're a strange person, Val!!

11. I got lost at algebra too, but then I did a lot of accounting and budget work throughout my UCLA career. And loved it. It must have been all those letters, x and y, and so on, mixed up with the numbers that made algebra so darned confusing to me.

1. I don't think I will EVER understand algebra!!

12. I used to be stellar in math. I learned the trick with the 9s multiplication tables. Now, me doing math is like me doing meth. It's bad for my brain.

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