>Just a quick response to yours about multiplication. > >From my college math majors -- first quick answer is of course, multi-\ >plication makes things bigger because it is repeated addition, and we >all know that addition makes things bigger. > >I agree. I think that if students can't remember 7x8, it's because it >really has no importance to them. Long division, 3-digits into 5-digits, >is a real waste of time -- and we must spend weeks in 4-8 grade on it. >Arithmetic is only one aspect of mathematics, like spelling in relation >to writing. >Eileen Schoaff >Buff State >
Nice analogy. Spelling is the mechanical part of writing. Few people are hired because they are good spellers. Far more are hired because they are good writers.
Similarly: Few people are ever hired for their ability to do arithmetic. Far more are hired for their ability to do mathematics.
Norm Krumpe Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana Univerity at Bloomington
Norm Krumpe Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana University at Bloomington