16 comments for “Always Show Your Workings

  1. June 19, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Oooooh, how do I hate Mathematics! Let me count the ways.

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    • June 19, 2020 at 10:54 am

      You will be permitted to use a calculator but you still need to be able to demonstrate the method you used to come up with your final answer

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  2. June 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    That makes my head hurt.

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    • June 19, 2020 at 11:13 am

      It’s perfectly simple, you just need to substitute in the square root of your answer, (negative and positive of course) which, will give you two possible solutions, and then you divide them by the highest common factor and multiply that answer by the reciprocal. Which as any mathematician will tell you, is utter nonsense, but it sounds clever. Or you could just get drunk. Your call really.

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      • June 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

        Yes, but how many apples will Jimmy have left after Susie makes a pie? That’s the question no one ever answers.

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      • June 19, 2020 at 11:53 am

        As long as there is pie nothing else really matters

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      • June 19, 2020 at 9:09 pm

        Either way, my head hurts.

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  3. June 19, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Quite Easily Done!

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    • June 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Although trying to think of a clever response to your comment has left me perplexed.

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  4. June 20, 2020 at 12:45 am

    “Justify your answer,” I always say to my poor third graders. An answer is not complete without a breadcrumb trail of your thoughts leading up to it.

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    • June 20, 2020 at 10:24 am

      I could work most stuff out in my head when I was young, so I found it quite frustrating always having to show my workings. Then the work got harder and I understood…


  5. June 20, 2020 at 2:10 am

    First exercise, then math‽‽ My, my James.

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    • June 20, 2020 at 10:25 am

      To be fair, teaching maths was once my job, so you’d hope I’d have rudimentary grasp of it all. Admittedly, rudimentary was probably the best description…

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  6. June 20, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I learned quickly that being able to demonstrate allows you to apply the reasoning to plenty of other situations if you understand the foundation of it all in the first place! 😀

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    • June 20, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      Definitely true. Took me a long time to learn that though

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