On this quiz, I asked you to find the determinant of a 2x3 matrix. Some of you, to my great amusement, actually tried to do this.
Cross your fingers and try to be clever.
It’s called the principal of maximum confusion. Mathematicians like to name things such that they provide the most confusion to non-mathematicians.
If anyone asks you to explain something you don’t want to explain, just cite the principal of maximum confusion and it’s lemma “Now, shut up.”
So, I think the hardest thing I learned in mathematics was perseverance and patience, and this is the nature of mathematics. Math is very binary. It’s usually nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing… and then everything, you’ve got it. It’s also very humbling because, once you’ve got it, you realize it looks so obvious. So, you’ve got some humiliating experience like, ‘Oh, why didn’t I get that in the first place?’ But that’s what I learned, that’s the nature of mathematics.
The fact that for the next month or so I don’t have any lessons at all every other monday is the biggest motivator for my procrastination right now.
And by procrastinate of course I mean hell loads of maths practice and maths team preparation and things.
Anyone else on their school’s senior maths team in the manchester-ish area? If so I might see you there :)
If we’re lucky then we might make it to the nationals so does anyone think they’ll make it through and see us there? ;)