
Re: What are the "basic" facts?
Posted:
Jun 23, 1995 9:21 PM


>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, 3digits into 5digits, >is a real waste of time  and we must spend weeks in 48 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

