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 March 5th, 2012, 12:41 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Mar 2012 Posts: 21 Thanks: 0 Maths consider to be most difficult or boring subject why?? In my opinion people think that mathematics is the most difficult subject!! I have made an research about that what is the reason behind their thinking and I found that their basics are not so good as most of the people thinks only about how to solve the problem and don't try to understand the logic behind it and most of the teachers also don't take much interest in explaining the students in simpler and different way and that's why the student feel bored in understanding it .I would love to hear suggestions from you also.
 March 9th, 2012, 10:24 PM #2 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1 Re: Maths consider to be most difficult or boring subject wh While a lot of people find math to be difficult, I don't know that everyone finds it boring. Many people I've talked to said they would like it if they understood it better. But I'd agreed with your reasoning. People don't learn the underlying meaning behind things and teachers don't teach it. They used to. I actually learned what the stuff meant, and then we had examples of ways to apply it. Now what I mostly see is people learning AN application, but never learning the underlying math concept behind it. So when they get to a different application with the same concept, they don't recognize it and have to be told all over again how to do it. (And continue to have to learn it as they apply it to 100 different things, so they learn 100 different formulas for that same thing.) Just as a simple example, I was reading something a bit ago in my statistics book, and they were essentially doing a pro-ration. I just looked at the chart they had, went oh I see, these numbers are this proportion of this total, so they applied these same proportions to these other numbers. It was only barely a conscious thought. Then the book proceeded to spend a page and a half explaining how to do that math, and then turned it into some backwards weird "formula" that didn't even make any sense, when the thing was just a pure logical proportion. I kind of figure anyone who was taking statistics should be able to do what is essentially jr high level (or less) math and not have it explained to them. And the "formula" (while it would get you to the right answer) just had no meaning. If I had looked at that formula first I would have been lost cause it made no earthly sense. So people memorize this silly equation that makes no sense, and then STILL don't have any idea how to do a simple proportion.
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 Originally Posted by Erimess People don't learn the underlying meaning behind things and teachers don't teach it. They used to.
I've seen college graduation requirements for math programs from the 50s. They went from elementary calculus (sometimes pre-calculus) to linear algebra and differential equations -- essentially, junior/senior year in high school through sophomore year in college today. Both high school and college math programs covered less ground, and they went into much more depth. So there may be truth to what you say.

 March 12th, 2012, 07:06 PM #4 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2012 From: A deep,dark hole in the ground Posts: 16 Thanks: 0 Re: Maths consider to be most difficult or boring subject wh Real mathematical aptitude is a rare trait, since the human brain operates on fuzzy logic rather than the discrete logic that mathematics is founded on. Obviously, if someone isn't good enough at math to understand it very well, there's not much point in being interested in it. That and the fact that primary and secondary schools don't make much of an effort to get kids interested in mathematics or explain why it's relevant beyond "You'll need it for your job someday." Using sports analogies doesn't help either. Popular mathematics books like The Magic of Mathematics are a better approach, as they will get kids to appreciate math for its own sake.
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 Originally Posted by suresh123 In my opinion people think that mathematics is the most difficult subject!!
Of course! --You said, "opinion."
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 Originally Posted by suresh123 why the student feel bored in understanding it .
Of course! They are game and TV addicts. Don't get me wrong, I am not name calling here. This is written from my personal experience.

I am friendly since I was very little because my parents are very friendly people. We can strike up conversation with a total stranger without difficulty. In grade 9, my first time being away from home and away from my school friends, I spend a weekend at an air force base with kids my age. None of them liked me. They told me that I was boring because I talked about science, history, and stories from books. I was ignored while they turned to talking about favorite TV shows, TV commercials, and computer games. I had to find someone else to spend my evening with.

I saw an older man in uniform sitting quietly alone and walked to him. I said, "Good evening, sir," while giving him a salute and begin telling him about about myself. He started asking one question after another, and before long we had over a two-hour conversation. When it was time to hit the cot, he told me that he was Colonel ..." When the stay was over I was given things that other kids did not get: books about time management, a kit for building a toy rocket, and he flew me back home in his Cessna with his son (he was in grade 12). I returned home not making a friend with anyone my age that weekend.

I found most kids out side my school too flat.
What do you consider boring?

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 Originally Posted by Erimess People don't learn the underlying meaning behind things and teachers don't teach it. They used to.
I've seen college graduation requirements for math programs from the 50s. They went from elementary calculus (sometimes pre-calculus) to linear algebra and differential equations -- essentially, junior/senior year in high school through sophomore year in college today. Both high school and college math programs covered less ground, and they went into much more depth. So there may be truth to what you say.
Well, that's what my grandfather said, and that's what my mom and dad repeat.

Well, yes and no, I must say.

My father was often stationed abroad, and I had to attend embassy schools. In many countries, math is still substantial. At age 14, since we returned, I have been taking my math classes at the local junior college because I refused to learn what I had already learned. I had my way: my parents fought with my school and came out with bruises before I could take my high-school classes in a college.

 March 14th, 2012, 07:22 PM #7 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC -5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms Re: Maths consider to be most difficult or boring subject wh I don't have a position on which is preferable, by the way. For myself I like the modern approach -- more narrow learning faster. But overall it's not obvious which is 'better' (for what?).

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