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Topic: Math not used outside the classroom?
Replies: 27   Last Post: Nov 27, 1995 11:34 AM

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Dennis Wallace

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re(2): 'geometry not useful
Posted: Nov 27, 1995 11:34 AM
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Geometry is the first subject the student really gets a feel for what math can
be. It helps us aprreciate the world around us, how things are put together.
It can be used aa a vehicle to expand the mind. It is the first time a student
can really use the algebra the used. They can feel the excitement of real
discovery. It is fantastic to be able to say aha! If we only learned the
minimum to get by then we will also produce the minimum. How can a person
know what they will need in the future or even what they have an interest in
if they don't sample and take chances.

It has been my observation that the ones that want to know 'where are we ever
going to use this?' usually don't listen to the explanation and don't really
care. They then to be the ones that just plain don't want to do much anyway.


I think the sketch pad uses a whole new approach of being able to discover,
which is what I like about Geometry. A person can still do a perpectly good
job without it but they will have to do more labor and less thinking.











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