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What is mathematics?
Was math invented or discovered?
 How Numbers Will Change in the Future [10/29/2003]

I'm asking my students to develop new number systems. I was hoping to
show them what other people are speculating about future number
systems, but I was unable to find anything.
 The Importance of Geometry Constructions [12/29/1998]

Why are geometry constructions important? What do we learn from them?
Where have they appeared in math history?
 The Importance of Math [08/23/2000]

Why is math a core subject?
 Integers in Daily Life [05/31/2002]

How are integers (especially negative integers) used in daily life?
 Investigating Numbers is Illogical [10/15/2001]

Why do we have to be interested in maths and numbers so much?
 Is Algebra Useful in the Real World? [10/27/2002]

We are having a court trial about why we do or do not need algebra.
 Is a Sheet of Paper a 2D or 3D Object? [05/17/2008]

Our teacher said that a piece of paper is a twodimensional object
that has no height, but some of my classmates and I disagree. We think
a piece of paper still has a height, even if it is very, very, small,
and that it is therefore a threedimensional object. Who's right?
 Is Full Equal to Empty? [06/15/1999]

1/2 full = 1/2 empty, so when we multiply both sides of the equation by
1/2, won't we get full = empty?
 I Solved It. Now What? [10/16/2003]

I can solve an equation like 12 = 5x + x + 6 to get x = 1, but I don't
know what it means, or what I'm supposed to do next.
 Larger Than and As Large As [08/01/1999]

If the percussion section has 6 people, does the expression "the brass
section is three times larger than the percussion section" mean that the
brass section is 3*6 = 18 people or 4*6 = 24 people?
 Learning Math Formulas [02/22/2001]

Why is it important to develop math formulas, and why is it important to
memorize them?
 Learning to Like Math [12/04/2002]

I cannot concentrate in math, no matter how hard I try. How can I pay
better attention in math?
 Making Math Interesting [08/15/2000]

Do you have any tips for how I can stay focused in math going into the
7th grade this coming year?
 Making Math Seem Easy [3/8/1996]

How can you make math seem more easy to do?
 Math and Fashion [01/27/2003]

How is math used for fashion?
 Math and the Bible [01/24/2002]

How can I integrate math and the Bible?
 Math and the Law [11/24/1998]

Examples of how mathematics is used by lawyers to win cases.
 Math and the Piano [09/27/1998]

How is math is related to the piano? What about tempo, pitch, and tuning?
 Math Anxiety [04/04/1997]

Do you have any information about math anxiety?
 Mathematical Models [07/17/2002]

What is a mathematical model, and how would it be used?
 Mathematics As Analogy [12/16/2003]

How can the ratio of a finite circumference to a finite diameter give
an infinite value for pi?
 Mathematics, Logic, and Intuition [05/27/2003]

How is math related to logic and intuition?
 Math in Dance [09/30/2001]

Can you explain possible ways that math and dance could be related?
 Math in Everyday Life [09/22/2000]

I need to write a story about all the ways in which math relates to
everyday life over the course of one day. Could you help me with some
examples?
 Math in Everyday Life [10/17/2002]

How do you use math in your everyday life?
 Math in the Real World [2/19/1996]

I would like to know some examples of mathematical applications in the
real world.
 Math is Power? [03/13/2003]

What do people mean when they say that 'math is power'?
 The Math of Time [05/15/1997]

What is the connection between math and time?
 Math Used Every Day [11/20/2001]

What type of math do I use every day?
 Meaning of the Phrase: Divide by Zero. [01/02/1998]

I want to use 'divide by zero' to indicate a physically impossible task.
What does the phrase actually mean?
 Mod Function and Negative Numbers [04/28/2000]

What is the correct value for the function MOD(340,60)? Microsoft Excel
returns the value 20, while Lotus 123 returns the value 40. Can you
explain the difference?
 Multiple Solutions [02/08/2002]

Why is there more than one way of doing one type of math problem?
 Multiplying by 1 [09/01/1998]

Why doesn't a number change when you multiply it by 1?
 The New Math [07/05/2000]

What is the "New Math?"
 Nonterminating Decimal Representations of Fractions [11/10/1997]

Why when you take a finite, limited quantity like onethird and turn it
into a decimal do you get .333... on into infinity?
 Order of Operations Dispute [09/26/2000]

The problem reads: N divided by (division sign)ml where n=12, m=6, and
l=3. I believe the correct answer should be .6666, as 12 divided by 18
equals this...
 Patterns in the Perpetual Calendar [03/17/2000]

Why do years that have the same calendar repeat in a pattern of 6 years,
11 years, 11 years, 6, 11, 11, etc.? And why do leap years with the same
calendar occur 28 years apart?
 Percent Increase and "Increase by a Factor of ..." [08/01/2006]

If we start with 1 apple today and tomorrow have 2 apples, then we have
a 100 percent increase. But can't I also say there was an increase by a
factor of 2?
 Plural and Derivation of 'Hypotenuse' [5/16/1996]

What's the plural of hypotenuse?
 Point and Line [04/07/2001]

How does something without dimension create something with dimension?
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