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In pure mathematics, it's great to be able to do fast calculations. In applied mathematics (simple or difficult), .

I have said many times I have supported both sides of this question. The only thing that indicates is that both conclusions must be wrong. Although people who cannot add 3 one digit numbers, loudly assure us that it has no place in math it pays to remember that Archimedes, Newton , Gauss and Euler were prodigious human calculators. Mental calculations remind me of speed chess all the greats can and could do it.

you will almost never do unassisted work (without a calculator or programs)

I wish that were true but it is not always.

By the way, bobbym, I think this is a great site for all kinds of maths! However i was looking for a section where maybe i could learn totally new things, rather than just reading others' posts on their confusion (even though it's fun to help others out! big_smile )

I think so too. But solving problems in my view is the meat of math. Helping others when you can is rewarding in more ways than I can itemize.

Do you think you could maybe add a section dedicated to materials for learning and advancing in mathematics, such as articles or short explanations on advanced (college) non-calculus mathematics? It's just a thought; I'd greatly appreciate it!

Now that is the meat of your post. There are two reasons why I cannot attempt that.

1) I am not qualified.

2) I am the latest moderator and as such I do not even have my own thread.

Anyway good to talk to you, Daniel.

]]>By the way, bobbym, I think this is a great site for all kinds of maths! However i was looking for a section where maybe i could learn totally new things, rather than just reading others' posts on their confusion (even though it's fun to help others out! ) Do you think you could maybe add a section dedicated to materials for learning and advancing in mathematics, such as articles or short explanations on advanced (college) non-calculus mathematics? It's just a thought; I'd greatly appreciate it!

-Daniel

]]>This concept is very confusing to me. Of what value is mental math? I still do not know!

micael wrote:

reinforce the learning of mathematics through play

While I agree tremendously with that statement. I am much less sure about this one.

micael wrote:

and discover and celebrate talent in mental calculation.

Why? I used to have terrific mental math skills ( deteriorates with age ).

I can assure you that they in no way assist in understanding Set theory for instance.

Many of todays package gurus actively discourage mental math in favor of calculators and computers. I read a fantastic paper by one of the leading developers of Mathematica saying pretty much that mental math is obsolete.

While I do not like the alarming trend of people turning to calculators for 7 * 5 or for getting the average of 35,40, and 45. I can in in no way verify that mental math increases math aptitude.

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