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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7097965
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I hated it and did just enough to pass in high school. Had to relearn it in college for my chemistry minor. Love chemistry still not a fan of math. I think itís needed and worth a kids time


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: Getting There] #7097966
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Originally Posted by Getting There
Not in this day and age. There are computer and special apps along with hand held devices to figure it all out for you.


There are exception to every rule, but 99% will never use it after leaving school. JMO


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7097975
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Basic algebra yes complex algebra no.
I struggled with algebra in school. I couldn't visualize it.
I passed 10th grade algebra with an "E" lol. Yes an "E" which was a high F but got me the credit.
Geometry was much easier.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: Blaine County] #7097984
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Originally Posted by Blaine County
It's purpose is teaching kids how to think--even if they never actually use the math.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I use it every day. The challenge is ..."how do I write the equation to find the answer I need ?"


No app is going to help if you don't know how to frame the question.


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098022
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Xray tech, lots of math involved when I started, now not so much.

Math was my favorite subject. I despised "english", who needs to diagram a sentence when they are out of school?

My favorite science in college was physics because it is easily applicable in life.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098040
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I used to able to count to 20 and then they made me start wearing shoes. Now I have to use algebra to get 20. 10 x 2

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098042
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I have used basic Algebra on an infrequent basis in my life time but never the ďdeepĒ stuff. I had a Calculus course in college and never used it.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098043
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I use PI often to figure out how long a hose is or anything in a coil.


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BTLowry] #7098046
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Originally Posted by BTLowry
Xray tech, lots of math involved when I started, now not so much.

Math was my favorite subject. I despised "english", who needs to diagram a sentence when they are out of school?

My favorite science in college was physics because it is easily applicable in life.


Must not have despised it enough to not pay attention. You write in complete coherent sentences, which is more than can be said of many coming out of schools today.

One thing I've learned in business is if it isn't written down it never happened or you can't enforce what isn't written and whatever is written needs to be clearly understood. So english and sentence diagraming has it's place. You may not actually use in any way other than to subliminally lay out the point you're trying to put into writing.

BTW, mama was an english teacher.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098058
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My early negative attitude about algebra was probably influenced by reading too many Archie comics. I assumed it would not be useful in real life.

Boy has that ever turned out to be wrong. In farming I end up needing algebra for many things like laying out fields, calibrating sprayers, and on and on.


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098060
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In highschool, I had 1 year of algebra, 1 year split between geometry and trigonometry, 1 year of calculus and 1 year of advanced calculus. In college, I tested out of having to take math, but took 1 statistics class. I also waived speech. I frequently use algebra and geometry in every day life. It would be hard to function without them. I never use trigonometry or calculus and have forgotten most of it.

I believe algebra and geometry should be taught to everybody capable of learning them. I see little use in teaching most people trigonometry and calculus.

Keith

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098085
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As a mechanic and NDT Tech I use geometry and trig almost daily. Algebra maybe a couple of time a month. I never would have thought any of it would be used in real life, but in the right fields you need at least. Basic understanding of most math disciplines.


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098089
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What's the easiest way to divide a fraction in half?......... Double the bottom number , works everytime. An old carpenter taught me that one.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098117
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I run a crane for a living and seldom use it. I leave the bean counters and engineers use it so they can mess up a critical lift plan.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098129
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I appreciated Algebra I so much I took it two years in a row.............


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098132
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I seldom use it but do when building things on the farm. I'm a heavy equipment operator and probably unknowingly use it.

In school I hated it. Could not remember the all the formulas. It always seemed pointless. That said I alway e
Liked the word problems. In them I knew why I needed to find the answer and always got those correct.

A list of numbers and symptoms and no info on where the inputs are from or for. Its not going to happen. Some people need to know whe were and why. They dont teach like that.

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098149
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I despised algebra in high school. I dropped algebra 2 at semester and took a different math for credit... Before I dropped the class I asked the teacher if I would ever use this crap. She said, 'Honestly, probably not'...

So I became a machinist and then moved on to being an electrician. Formulas, formulas, formulas. Lol

Mrs. Addington died a few years back. I wish I would've went to see her and thanked her for teaching me what she could before I was a knothead who dropped her class.

Mike


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098193
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I diffidently get your thinking on how much a person uses it during your life time. Algebra is just using letters in place of numbers. It is still addition, subtraction, time and dividing. I use all of them each and everyday and when working it was a huge part of my job each day.


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Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: newfox1] #7098204
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Originally Posted by newfox1
What's the easiest way to divide a fraction in half?......... Double the bottom number , works every time. An old carpenter taught me that one.

I remember I got an "A" on a math test that was multiplying and dividing fractions, I knew most of the decimal equivalents by heart and for those I didn't, just divided numerator by denominator. I didn't show my work and was sent to the office (normal occurrence back then) for cheating, when the principal asked what I had to say, I replied "who did I cheat from if the next highest score was a 79"? The principal asked me to work a problem with my teacher present, I did it my way and it was correct- she said that's not the proper method- principal replied... isn't coming up with the correct answer the goal?

Re: Algebra used as an adult [Re: BigJoe.] #7098211
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My wife has used it to make a family and a pretty darn good living !! She has been teaching it for 38 years and counting !!!

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