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Step by Step/How To Make Math A Cool Science -- Why is Not Really a Monster

Updated on September 21, 2012
Euclid | Source

Since Philosophers and Scientists had a non well publicized separation from each, back in the 1700's, our kids were left in between that schism. Have you ever wonder why we had to study Philosophy and Geometry, and even Trigonometry after that 7th grade? Do you think all of our kids were born to be scientists? Don't you think some of your kids were more technical minded because after all... they've had your genes all along?

The system is already set that way, and we cannot change things that came after Newton and Rousseau, two of the modern thinkers that changed the world before Copernicus and Galileo. Sorry Leibnitz, you can join the group for now. I didn't understand your 'Deutsch'

I don't want to blame the Church neither George Cantor, but we are already sending our normal kids to face that monster called Science at school. I see Ardie, Tammy and Kelly getting on that school bus...dragging it at times...!

What is Science?

First, it was part of a natural Philosophy. Science was not as strict as they saw it in times of Socrates and Hipparchus. Science evolved like any learning tool. There were no statistics and applied Math, or even IPads for what we would know as 'research.' Medieval ages concealed so many advancements to those parchments that monks and Theologists hid in ageless crypts; that's where we get the word 'encrypting.'

Science changed his meaning from certain kind of knowledge, to the most rigorous, 'Observe, test, apply,' kind of thought that we inherited as kids, assisting to those torturous lab sessions. Either you had to dissect that butterfly or the poor 'Kermit' the frog.

Meissner effect: levitation of a magnet above a superconductor
Meissner effect: levitation of a magnet above a superconductor | Source

Today's Science

After curiosity killed that cat and Benji Franklyn found that a lightning bolt can really cook your 'ball-oons' Science was ready to collect basic data by studying 'models' from actual natural phenomena. Newton had the luck to take a nap under that tree at Woolsthorpe UK, and after getting that inspiration, he came with his formula for gravitational bodies. Well his headache was very gravitational after coming out with that crazy formula. Between you and me guys: Newton used to walk his horse around his step dad's farm, and would return home with just those reins. He was too busy thinking almost 'empirically' about that freaking 'Calculus.'

What is Cool Science?

You apply fun and good humour to your class and the rest will follow. Simple right? Instead of showing your kids that periodic Table with no sense, why not breaking down the rare gases with certain colors? Wouldn't be better if we incite our kids to approach that table with pragmatic exmaples? I would suggest to start the class with that Manhattna project, but no! all they tell you is Hydrogen times two added to an atom of oxygen equals that water. Science can be fun if we really change that 1900 curriculum. Is not that we want to suffer the same way teacher Thomson did, when he was in College. Trying to study all that crazy science, leaving aside a girlfriend and start watching, "the revenge of the nerds."

I'm telling you, there is so much fun, when you know how to teach a subject in the most coolest way. There are so many ideas to change this 'another brick in the wall...'

Intersections in Set Theory
Intersections in Set Theory | Source

Making Math A Cool Science

First of all, you might wonder why me, myself and I approached Math in a different way? My own dad hired a tutor for me when I was 14. No! I was not a nerd, but I was curious. My first lesson was on:


Do not worry. I'm just going to break down this theory with simple examples:

You have Anastasia from Russia that have her own Set of words, but is studying English. She meets Barry, who knows English very well and is Learning Russian with Anastasia. Wherever her words and his well known English meet or can connect is called

A ∩ B or intersection of Set A and B (set of all objects that are members of both A and B.)


A U B signifies that Anastasia and Barry came to an agreement and join languages and maybe love: From Moscow with Love!!

In the graphic, they added A+A ∩ B+B. This was the starting point for functions and that Cartesian plane where for each X there was a subsequent Y. f(x)=y


What have we done different?

  • We added fun and mnemonics
  • made it more human
  • used real life examples

We could've started scaring you with "giving an object 'o' from set A or element of A; o is an element that belongs to A, or oA "

We know Math is rigid and almost unbreakable , but as I said in the other articles, you got to see it and handle it like another language. We will need practice and more practice. There cannot be other way.

The Bonus: Equations

We have five hundred dollars bill in our hand and we are seated in one room, but Dave gave us 4 envelopes with some dollars bills. They could be 20$, 50$ who knows... on another anex room we have Peter waiting to give us 700 dollars in exchange. At first becuase is a practicla example, you can do it in your head right away: Heck!! This is easy! But now you see how we can help our kids by using down to earth examples. The equation will be like this:

500+4(x)= 700


4x=700-500 (when switching rooms, they change from + to - or viceversa)





I went ahead and took some short cuts, because I wanted you to compare with your own method. All in all we don't want to be another brick in the wall...!

Do you think Math can be cool?

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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi there Conrado,

    Your comments and thoughts are much appreciated. Math has been a nightmare for any kid... even ourselves. Your points are valid and we respect them. Any effort done in trying to help our kids is commendable and laudable. Thanks for reading us.


  • conradofontanilla profile image


    9 years ago from Philippines

    Math is different from science. There might be a way to teach math that is scientific, meaning among methods compared with one another as to effectiveness. Math has foundations different from that of science. Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead, mathematicians and co-authors of Principia Mathematica, said that mathematics starts with logic. For example, one is a class with a solitary member; two is a class of couples; three is a class of triplets; zero is a class without a member. There are efforts to make teaching of math easy. Or to make students learn math the easy way. I have a Hub "How Mathematics Helps Science."

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi Bobbi Purvis,

    Math is demystify by us, and it should be taught cooler than any other Science. You have a great week!


    Hi Debby,

    Definetely, kids will get a different approach to any subject. But if we break it down to them. The we will get results. Thanks commenting on this hub. You can share this hub and some will get a better and easier underestanding.



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    Deborah Neyens 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Not sure why I clicked on this hub, because I hate math! But you've made me see that perhaps it can be cool. : )

    Great hub.

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    Barbara Purvis Hunter 

    9 years ago from Florida


    That was a great hub, I voted up and useful. I loved math in school.

    I had a great teacher in High School---if you did not learn the steps and rules--he would get upset. He was a great teacher--but very emotional. Many students quit his class because he scared them.

    And I was not going to let anyone call me a dumb blonde.

    Great Hub,


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi Tammy,

    You are funny, Money do help kids to learn math. Parents do need these ideas too, and I think this hub is a good share. Is not for just getting my 2 dollars worth... is what I know and pass along.

    @What a wonderful comment KelleyWard. Hope your kids like these ideas.

    @@Mary615, do not worry about reading these hubs. They were made for our kids, like JT Walters asked us. You have a GOOD DAY, AND being a gramma is hard enough for you.

    @LaThing, thanks for sharing this hub. The input from outside sources is appaling. Hope this hub reaches that kid that is thinking," what now"?


  • LaThing profile image


    9 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Great hub, once again! I have shared it with my children. And sharing it!


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    Mary Hyatt 

    9 years ago from Florida

    Lord, I love you to pieces, my friend but you left me on this one. My little brain just can't handle it. I'll leave this one up to the smarter folks in Hubland. I'm going to read some "roses are red, violets are blue" Hubs that I can understand. I do love and respect you, though, friend.

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    9 years ago

    Love this hub Lord! Although some of the science in this was too much for my brain to handle! Ha ha! My young budding scientist will find the ideas you had very useful. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

  • tammyswallow profile image


    9 years ago from North Carolina

    Math was my nemisses in high school and college. I really struggled with it but when I got through it I felt really empowered. Passing college physics was a big acheivement for me. Money is a great way to motivate kids to learn. Well done and useful for so many. Well done.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi Debby,

    Math is approached in a different way and hopefully can reach these kids. Thanks for your words!


    Can you imagine. Having the best talk with your kid about math? I think that could be unreal... unless she really loves her homework and pre-calculus? Was kidding, I know she is doing great.

    Hi Kelly, 25% is a a big discount. Wish I could have a 25% increase in my readership. Nice to see you hopping around. Great to hear from you.


  • RealHousewife profile image

    Kelly Umphenour 

    9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Lord - it pays to be good at math! lol I can very quickly tell you how to deduct like say familiar numbers like 25% off! haha!

    I am going to save this for my kids who DO love math:)

  • Ardie profile image


    9 years ago from Neverland

    Hahah I voted in your poll - can you guess my answer?! BUT I will also show this to my daughter and I bet HER choice will invalidate my own. You and my daughter could have the best math talks.

  • Deborah Brooks profile image

    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Lord, this is awesome and interesting but I did not do good at all in school in these subjects.. I NEED a Tutor...LOl.. but I love the way you explained it.. great hub..

    voted up and awesome and interesting

    be blessed my friend



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