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What is mathematics?
Was math invented or discovered?
 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 UpperLevel Math? [10/10/2001]

I'm talking about precalculus, 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 (xh)^2 + (yk)^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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