tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post4736242808924396978..comments2016-06-28T12:59:24.926-07:00Comments on MTH 495: Blog Post 3: What is Math?Anthony Gerbsnoreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-78940260720943467242016-06-20T17:42:22.441-07:002016-06-20T17:42:22.441-07:00Anthony,
I was very impressed with your approach t...Anthony,<br />I was very impressed with your approach to this post. You seem be attempting to define math by providing multiple definitions, which for such a complex idea, I think is very helpful. Yet, it leaves me wondering if perhaps math is really just a collection of many complex concepts all put together under one category because they seem to deal with numbers. Perhaps math has grown so much that it can no longer be contained under one category?<br /><br />I found two of your thoughts very interesting and was wondering if you could shed some more light on them. The first is, “Without math, we would have no clues to why and how we exist.” That seems to be an incredible claim, what do you mean by this?<br /><br />The other is, “For example, to pay the cashier, we need to add the dollar amounts in our pockets to be as close to, without going over, how much we owe.” This brings two things to mind. First, a friend of mine told me the other day that cashiers seem to be losing the ability to count back change. If the cash register doesn’t tell what to give back, they are lost.<br /><br />The other is in regards to the part where you say, “without going over.” That seems to imply that the amount we give to the cashier should be less than or equal to what we owe. However, shouldn’t it be greater than or equal to what we owe? Perhaps I am reading it wrong. It has been a long weekend and I am dragging.<br /><br />Thank you for your post,<br /><br />JerryGerald Mabritohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18169619823187660728noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-31164132188861634342016-06-16T12:52:34.383-07:002016-06-16T12:52:34.383-07:00I thought this was a very thought out blog post! I...I thought this was a very thought out blog post! I like the examples you gave in the beginning, and I especially agree with the quotes in the second to last paragraph. However, I agree math can be described as many different things, I do think that a little more research could have been done to back up why you think math is what it is. If you need references, the book I read for class "A Mathematician's Lament," or even Michelle's book have great examples of what math is and how it can be described!Hannah Knapphttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14448729388569737343noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-2700257388005832392016-06-01T17:53:09.704-07:002016-06-01T17:53:09.704-07:00Hmmm - this is a deep question, but I'm not su...Hmmm - this is a deep question, but I'm not sure you gave it a full assault.<br /><br />To be complete you would want to show more time - maybe in researching others' answers to this? <br /><br />Content: if math can be anything, isn't it a useless term? What makes doing those things you list math. Numbers? I feel like when I figure out change, that's not really doing math for me. Although I'm fond of asking people - especially kids - how they did it. Then I think we're both doing math. I encourage you to dig deeper.<br /><br />Or maybe you want to argue that it doesn't matter if we have no specific meaning for what math is? How could famous mathematicians and high school students be doing the same thing?<br /><br />C's: 3/5<br />clear, coherent, consolidated: +John Goldenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18212162438307044259noreply@blogger.com