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Timsn274
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Re: What math should I learn if computers can do it all? Mathematica, etc.
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Nov 13, 2013 12:57 PM


On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:06:14 AM UTC5, JohnF wrote: <snip> > > Actually, it's not such a good question, but should be better phrased > as, "To what extent should a child learn his times tables?" > > You still need to learn enough examples until you "get the idea". > Some kids may need more examples, some less. It's an individual thing. > But with tiny $2 calculators everywhere, you don't need to learn times > tables to the same extent as when everyday arithmetic was done by hand. > There's only finite time, and your kid's time would be better spent > learning other, more abstract, math stuff (like percentages:) once he > understands the times table idea, and has worked enough examples to > make it intuitive to him. > >  > > John Forkosh ( mailto: j@f.com where j=john and f=forkosh )
With students who do so, we get the 'new' generation in college, who stumble at every step of a calculation of any kind because they do not automatically simplify expressions such as 2(3x)



