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Why is Math Interesting? [01/16/2001]
Why does math have to be so boring and hard?

Why Is Mental Math Important? [03/25/2004]
How can I convince a 14 year old girl who is in 8th grade the importance of mental math? I think that skills like mentally adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and being able to estimate multiplying 2 digit large numbers are critical. My daughter's teacher says that such skills aren't needed because of calculators and computers.

Why is Pi Everywhere? [2/9/1996]
Why does pi show up in things that don't seem to be related to circles?

Why Learn Geometric Proofs? [02/27/2002]
Why are we taught geometric proofs if the vast majority of us will never use them?

Why Learn to Factor? [07/08/2002]
Why do I need to learn to factor expressions if I'm going to be a fashion designer?

Why Proofs? Definitions and Axioms [09/16/2001]
Why are proofs important in the development of a mathematical system like geometry?

'Why' Questions in Math [04/19/2002]
Is math a bad area for asking 'why' questions?

Why Should I Study Calculus? [03/04/2001]
I am starting an AP calculus class next year and I would like to know why I should study calculus.

Why Study Upper-Level Math? [10/10/2001]
I'm talking about pre-calculus, calculus, trigonometry, that sort of thing.

Why Use h and k for the Center of a Circle? [05/09/2000]
Why are k and h used in the equation (x-h)^2 + (y-k)^2 = 0 for a circle with center (h,k)? Why not j and f, etc.?

Writing Checks [07/31/2002]
When writing a check, how do you indicate the number of cents in the part where you write out the amount using words?

Writing Sigma Notation [02/03/1999]
What does the equation that goes under the Sigma notation imply?

Years That Start on Sunday [10/02/2000]
What is the probability that a randomly chosen year will start on a Sunday?

Zero Before the Decimal Point? [10/06/2000]
What is the merit of writing the zero before the decimal point in numbers less than one, for example 0.25?

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