September 18th, 2018, 06:01 PM  #11 
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September 18th, 2018, 06:38 PM  #12 
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Thank you, everyone, I appreciate the help. And RichardJ, I do appreciate your plain English approach, too. It helped me to think the problem through a little more intuitively so that I can explain it better later. Cheers, everyone! 
September 18th, 2018, 06:58 PM  #13 
Senior Member Joined: May 2016 From: USA Posts: 1,306 Thanks: 549  No, I am sorry that my words caused offense. It was unintentional. I was merely trying to say that, for many students, the plain English, common sense approach is necessary for them to make any progress at all; only then can they take the next necessary step to embrace the more formal approach. Talk all you want. 
September 18th, 2018, 07:19 PM  #14 
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September 19th, 2018, 05:00 AM  #15  
Newbie Joined: Jul 2018 From: Georgia Posts: 28 Thanks: 7  Quote:
I think I could fairly say that I was a talented math student as a young man (a very long time ago), but I can a couple of times recall being in a place where my approach wasn't exactly welcomed  first at a summer 'math camp' at Utah State and again at a gathering of the finalists in the Michigan math competition at a college downstate. I really just didn't fit in with the group. So I thought that maybe I had just 'walked into that room' again and that this just wasn't the place for that. I will stick to the high school forum and only add my 2 cents if it seems appropriate or helpful to the questioner.  

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