People who teach maths

Believe there’s strength in numbers

But still require proof

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of a man who has neither...

The wit and wisdom of a man who has neither…

People who teach maths

Believe there’s strength in numbers

But still require proof

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

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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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That makes my head hurt.

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

Cheers!

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As long as there is pie nothing else really matters

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Either way, my head hurts.

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QED

Quite Easily Done!

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

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Likewise. Quod erat demonstrandum.

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“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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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…

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

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

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