Daily Prompt: Land of Confusion

Published April 2, 2014 by suejansons

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Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!

Well, I am sure I am not the only one who was confused by algebra………

I have 2 words……. Imaginary numbers!

What the heck is an imaginary number?  According to Wikipedia “An imaginary number is a number that can be written as a real number multiplied by the imaginary unit i, which is defined by its property i2 = −1.[1] The square of an imaginary number bi is –b2. For example, 5i is an imaginary number, and its square is −25. Except for 0 (which is both real and imaginary[2]), imaginary numbers produce negative real numbers when squared.”

Really? How are you supposed to understand algebra when they throw pretend numbers at you? If I were going to choose an imaginary number, it would be whatever the correct answer is!

I remember there was this one girl in my class who could look at a number and immediately figure out what the square root of a number is! How does one even learn this stuff? My theory was she was from another planet. I cannot even fathom how someone could figure that out? And I am not talking easy numbers like 49. I am talking ugly numbers like 537……….

Since taking algebra in school, I have not once needed to use it. I have never needed to know the square root of any number either. And the only imaginary number I have had to deal with is the money I want in my paycheck.

I will leave you with my favorite algebra joke.

Dear Algebra, Stop asking us to find your x. She is not coming back.

Have a wonderful day!

Sue

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56 comments on “Daily Prompt: Land of Confusion

  • I always hated math in school, it was never my favorite subject. Now I have to deal with it again with my daughter’s homework. Time for me to hire a tutor!

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  • I hate math! I never did well in school in that subject. Now what sucks is dealing with helping my daughters with their math homework. Time for me to hire a tutor!

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  • Tee hee, so funny!I too had issue with math most, but I have to say Algebra was the only type of math I found fun. But, like you, I have definitely never found myself needing to actually use it in the real world! Love the joke, I’ve never heard that one… to cute!

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  • I liked math but it is easy to forget things if you don’t use them on a regular basis! I remember times when my kids would come home and their homework looked like a different language! Great article!

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  • I was always pretty good at math, and I LOVED algebra… But geometry wasn’t easy for me, and calculus wasn’t much better. So glad I’m out of that stage of life! lol

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  • This is funny!! LOL I did really well my freshman year in high school because I had a really great teacher. But then I my sophomore year I was unlucky enough to have a coach as my math teacher. I don’t think I learned anything that first semester till I was able to get switch to another teacher. Since then I’ve sort of hated math lol I really suck at it.

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  • Oh I have ALWAYS hated Math. I could write a paper, read a book, shoot even take a test in History without a blink, but as soon as you put Math in front of me I freeze. It’s horrible because even my 4th grader will ask for help with her homework, and um, yeah we have to google it!

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  • Math makes my head hurt. I can do it, I made it through multiple degrees and even have an MBA in marketing and international business but still stuff like this…really makes my head hurt.

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