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What is mathematics?
Was math invented or discovered?
 Why Do We Like Math? [3/25/1996]

Why do you like math so much? I find it to be a real pain and kind of
boring. :)
 Why Do We Need to Study Rational Numbers? [04/22/2008]

My students want to know why they need to know what rational numbers
are and what use they have in the real world.
 Why Estimate? [09/16/2002]

Why do we use estimation?
 Why Find the LCM? [10/07/1998]

Where do you use LCMs? How do they apply to real life?
 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 is the Word "Number" Abbreviated to "No."? [05/13/2002]

Why is the word number abbreviated to no.?
 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 Math? [3/25/1996]

Why do you like math so much?
 The Why of Algebra [11/13/1998]

What is algebra for? Why do you need the letters and variables?
 Why Proofs? Definitions and Axioms [09/16/2001]

Why are proofs important in the development of a mathematical system like
geometry?
 Why Rules? [08/15/2001]

Why do we need to have rules for order of operations?
 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.?
 Why Use Letters in Math? [12/01/1999]

Why do we need to use letters in math?
 Why Use X and Y for Variables? [10/23/2002]

Why do we use x and y for variables in an equation?
 Why was Math Invented? [2/26/1996]

Why was math invented? What about geometry?
 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?
 Years That Start on Sunday [10/02/2000]

What is the probability that a randomly chosen year will start on a
Sunday?
 Zero and One, Each Unique in Its Own Special Way [04/10/2013]

Zero is neither positive nor negative; 1 is neither prime nor composite. So how do we
classify these numbers?
 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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