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Math is simple

Updated on December 4, 2009

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Math 101


                                       


The key to understanding mathematics is to remember that at all level the computations can be brought back to adding and subtracting.


Addition

3 + 3 = 6

( 1 + 1 + 1) + (1 + 1 + 1) = (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1)

Multiplication

3 x 2 = 6

3 + 3 = 6

( 1 + 1 + 1) + (1 + 1 + 1) = (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1)

Exponents

An exponent is a number that tells how many times the base number is used as a factor. For example, 32 indicates that the base number 3 is used as a factor 2 times. To determine the value of 32, multiply 3 x 3 which would give the result 9.

32 = 3 x 3

3 x 3 = 9

3 + 3 + 3 = 9

(1 + 1 = 1) + (1 +1 +1) + (1 + 1 + 1) = (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1)


The rest is to learn how to write the math statement in a way that tells when to what.

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      Neil B 7 years ago

      Sorry, that isn't quite true. Derivatives and many concepts of symbolic algebra etc. involve either special continuous or infinitesimal operations, or logical categories etc. that must be described in relational terms. They aren't just about basic operations of calculation.

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      William Hodge 7 years ago from CAMDEN, SC

      You are quite right Neil, but I was more interested in the confusion many average math students have comprehending basic math through Quadratic Equations of Algebra. Most will never get to Calculus approximations and other esoteric applications. You have to really love mathematic to care about that.

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