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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I have done a short essay on Learning Mathematics

I would really value everyone's ideas on this subject.

How do you learn mathematics?

What works best for you?

What would you advise to others?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**Ubergeek****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-14
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I think seeing the proofs of formulas always helps a lot, because then when you use the formula you know what you're doing.

"Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true."

Bertrand Russell

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

This is what I do, so everyone else should do something different.

1) Stubborness.

Everything that is not trivial, like a warehouse of food cannot be downed in one sitting.

(Qui Chang Caine speaking to the Master Po)

Master, will all this take me a very long time. Only a lifetime, perhaps a little longer.

2) Experience.

Math is not a spectator sport. Problems, do lots of problems. Methods must become part of you. Then your own mind will do the rest.

3) Experiment.

MathsisFun wrote:

You have your own learning style. Don't just follow the steps you are shown, try your own ideas!

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?id=12512

The deepest idea that these 3 ladies stated was that trying your own ways was a large part of success at math.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-08-06 05:25:15)*

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks Uber and bobby.

Now don't be shy everyone else ... tell me how you learn math best.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**wintersolstice****Real Member**- Registered: 2009-06-06
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I read a lot of books and went on the internet and spent hours doing maths problems, just investigate ideas.

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Band?

To get to the other ...um...!!!

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Investigating ideas is wonderful. I might mention that, if that is okay.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**wintersolstice****Real Member**- Registered: 2009-06-06
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MathsIsFun wrote:

I have done a short essay on Learning Mathematics

I would really value everyone's ideas on this subject.

How do you learn mathematics?

What works best for you?

What would you advise to others?

Not this is important but on the link for patterns, where it has the 8 semi-regular, one of them is chiral (it's mirror image looks different!) in this case the first one.

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Band?

To get to the other ...um...!!!

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Not this is important but on the link for patterns, where it has the 8 semi-regular, one of them is chiral (it's mirror image looks different!) in this case the first one.

So it is!

(Direct link: Tessellation)

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

Great page, you can change the "demiregular" that is near the bottom. Everything else excellent.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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bobbym wrote:

... change the "demiregular" that is near the bottom. Everything else excellent.

Thanks. Is "demiregular" too ill-defined to mention?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

I thought it was a typo. Thought you meant semi regular.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-08-10 08:32:35)*

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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