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Ten Commandments of Math

Date: 07/05/97 at 21:10:31
From: alicia pope
Subject: 10 commandments of math

I'm trying to find a copy of the Ten Commandments of Math. Any idea 
where to look or what they are?


Date: 07/08/97 at 13:31:53
From: Doctor Terrel
Subject: Re: 10 commandments of math

Dear Alicia,

Here is the Ten Commandments form that I found several years ago.  
There may be other versions, but I think you'll like this one for 


1. Thou shalt read thy problem...carefully.

2. Whatsoever thou doest to one side of thy equation, do ye also to 
   the other.

3. Thou must use thy "common sense", else thou wilt have flagpoles 
   9,000 feet high.  Yea, even fathers younger than sons.

4. Thou shalt ignore the teachings of false prophets to do all thy 
   work in thy head.

5. When thou knowest not, thou shalt look it up; and if thy search 
   still elude thee, thou shalt ask thy All-Knowing Teacher.

6. Thou shalt master each step before putting thy heavy foot down on 
   the next.

7. Thy correct answer does not prove that thou hast worked thy problem 
   correctly.  This argument convincest none, least of all thy 

8. Thou shalt first see that thou hast copied thy problem correctly, 
   before bearing false witness that the answer book lieth.

9. Thou shalt look back even unto thy youth and remember thy 

10. Thou shalt learn, read, write, speak, and listen correctly in the 
   language of mathematics, and verily A's and B's shall follow thee 
   even unto graduation.

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