Tuesday, November 21, 2006

On top of the math hill....

We had a very funny conversation about math last night. It was prompted by Thomas and Andrew's visit to Davidson yesterday and questions about math in college. You may know that Coty was a math major and I never took a math course in college. Opposites attract, I suppose! Our children have varying degrees of aptitude and love for math. Most of them are good math students, but so far, no one has demonstrated a real passion for it. That may be my fault for conveying my own fear and mental block toward anything mathematical. I know I need to be rehabilitated, but honestly, I think it's too late! Anyway, the conversation went something like this:

"If Daddy is so good in math, how come none of us are math whizzes?" (I'm not sure that's true, I mean the part about none of them being whizzes)

"Is Jonathan taking any math at Gordon? Did Erin?" (I don't think so...)

"Calculating determinants makes my head hurt. I mean it's not hard, it's just takes so long. Why does it have to be like that?" (I agree, that's how I felt, though I don't remember anything about determinants)

I like my math. Geometry is neat...I mean, I learn something new and cool every day." (Well, yes, I did like geometry in high school)

Well, it's downhill from there - just wait til you get to Calculus." (I never did!)

"I guess I'm on the top of the math hill, then." (Let's hope it's a plateau for you and next year you'll still enjoy the view from the top!)

By the way, can you guess who's on top of that math hill?!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...

I'm going to guess, but first you must know that I am guessing purely on ages and not on perceived mathematical aptitude.

I guess...Matthew??

PS Geometry was the last year I enjoyed math, too. I took my one required course at Messiah and that was it! Unless you count "math for ElEd majors", which consisted largely of playing with math manipulatives. ;-)

Beth said...

Yep, it's Matthew! He does like math more anyway, and now that he's on top of the hill, he's really enjoying it.

Anonymous said...

Well, I didn't MAJOR in math like Coty (I didn't know that, Coty!), but I love math. I entered college in Engineering and placed into Calc IV as a Freshman. So, I used to think that I knew a bit about math, but lately I've discovered to get back to where I was I need to start back into about Year 2 in Algebra and work my way through it all again! (I've been following the latest discovery? of the 44th Merssene Prime - and I can hardly make heads or tails of the article -- LOL!!!)

I abhored Trig, and the only part of Geometry that I liked was proofs. Which is ironic because rather than some simple accounting I probably use geometry the most of any of the maths. (And now that we are gearing up for a year of studying the stars, Geometry is raising its head again!)

But Jonathan seems to like Math as much as I do, so we have lots of fun together. It will be interesting to see us in a few years with the other boys coming up.

Beth said...

Amber,
I think you live the in the math Himalayas! I'm glad you and Jonathan are having so much fun with math. I fear my brain just doesn't have those circuits. I marvel at people like you!