Comments: Who Knew There Was So Much Drama in Math?

I am tempted to say that the only "self-locking nuts" are the Program Managers, but I won't.

Posted by The Thomas at April 7, 2013 09:12 PM

LOL I instantly thought of the comic with Sally looking at her math paper and saying... Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupes and no one asks you what the hell is wrong with you.

I had a hard time with word problems for different reasons. But I can see how a story would distract Bones.

Posted by Teresa at April 7, 2013 11:11 PM

Well, perhaps he won't end up in the Tidal Basin or the River trying to get back from the Washington Monument on a slant. Me, I never knew locking nuts were 6 sided. I think mine were broken.

Posted by Curtis at April 8, 2013 02:12 AM

$#%)** I forgot to get my youngest to finish his online stuff this weekend. It was due last week.

Posted by vwbug at April 8, 2013 06:00 AM

Being totally math-impaired, I LOVE how Bones thinks. They make up those stories you hate for folks like me who sit there trying to figure out this gibberish and wondering what's the point, the real-world reason I need to learn this?
Teresa: The cantalope comment cracked me up. THANKS

Posted by George P. at April 8, 2013 09:57 AM

Our strongest curses are also our greatest blessings, and vice versa.

Posted by Web at April 8, 2013 11:03 AM

George - LOL - I crack up every time I see it. It goes around periodically.

Posted by Teresa at April 8, 2013 01:46 PM

I was the same way, way back then. Hated word problems because of the story.

I've been trying to work with my grandson on getting some of his online work done. I've had bigger issues with his parents!! Aarrrggghhhh!!!

Posted by Peggy K at April 8, 2013 09:41 PM

I know they are trying to make it more fun. I think mostly I'd appreciate it, but dang, when there are 140, I'm just "Dude, boil it down and let's push through. I'm done..."

Posted by Bou at April 8, 2013 09:50 PM

I scored off the IQ charts in school, and frustrated the hell out of all my math teachers -- who swore that since I had a high IQ, it followed I had to find math a snap. In fact, math problems boing off my skull and ricochet around the room, never EVER actually landing in gray matter.

I wish that for kids who don't intend to work in an area that requires complex math that they'd teach real-life math for budgeting, basic investing, etc., and leave out the stuff that causes nothing but grief for student, teacher AND parents.

Posted by Omnibus Driver at April 9, 2013 03:28 PM

OD: AGREED. I suspect a lot of higher math requirements are B.S. For instance, I waa originally a Wildlife Ecology major in college, but had to switch majors because I couldn't handle the math and chemistry. A few years ago, I met someone who DID get that degree and asked her how much she used all that math and chemistry at her job. "None, they just used those courses to weed people out." BAH!

Posted by George P at April 9, 2013 06:54 PM

We have the opposite problem in our household. The oldest son does better with application problems than with straight out equations. As long as it's a physics problem, he can "visualize" it, and then the variables and parts of the equation make sense to him. If it's just numbers sitting there ... forget it! And talk about the whining ...! "When am I EVER going to need to solve a trig identity?" "When was the last time YOU had to use a half angle formula?" "How is this even useful? If I have to use a half angle formula or a double angle formula on anything other than a 30-60-90 or 45-45-90 triangle, I'm just going to use the calculator anyway, so why would I even bother with knowing that formula?" I swear it takes twice as long as it needs to to get through the homework on account of his complaining about the "uselessness" of it all!

Thankfully, it appears his calculus book is heavy on the word problems.

Posted by PeggyU at April 10, 2013 03:58 AM

I never got the math stories. EVER. Even after several tutors.
Ended up in remedial math where they taught us how to balance a checkbook!

Bones focuses on the important stuff. ;)

Posted by pam at April 10, 2013 06:15 AM