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Thoughts on math

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and
I gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies.
While looking at the screen on her register, I sensed her discomfort
and
tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the
manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her,
she stood
there and cried.

Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:


Teaching Math In 1950

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1960
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?


Teaching Math In 1970

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80. Did he make a profit?

Teaching Math In 1980

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80 and his profit is $20 Your assignment: Underline the
number 20.


Teaching Math In 1990

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of
$20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class
participation after answering the question: How did the birds and
squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong
answers.)


Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carreta demaderaen $100. El costo de
la produccion era $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar?

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its funny and sad cause its true




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the 1950 question was answered correctly, thank you very much
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Sad, but true. So, the next time you're in burger-whopper-bell-kentucky-arbys, be sure to whip out a few cents to 'get quarters' back and wait until AFTER they've rang in your 'amount paid' and see how many are quick enough to add it up in their heads. I'm guessing not many.

But, on the flip side, if you're quick enough to 'do the math' in your head, you're usually the manager, not the cashier!

Then, for fun, ask them if they know what the capitol of the state of Wisconsin is and see how many reply 'milwaukee?'
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Sad, but true. So, the next time you're in burger-whopper-bell-kentucky-arbys, be sure to whip out a few cents to 'get quarters' back and wait until AFTER they've rang in your 'amount paid' and see how many are quick enough to add it up in their heads. I'm guessing not many.

But, on the flip side, if you're quick enough to 'do the math' in your head, you're usually the manager, not the cashier!

Then, for fun, ask them if they know what the capitol of the state of Wisconsin is and see how many reply 'milwaukee?'
Wisconsin has a capital?

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Oh So Sad......But yet OH SO TRUE!!!!!!

BTW-- Is that a trick question about Wisconsin? Seriously dont you have to be a recognized state to have a capitol? Are you sure Wisconsin isn't just another suburb of Chicago? And i could of sworn the capitol was Springfield.


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Oh So Sad......But yet OH SO TRUE!!!!!!

BTW-- Is that a trick question about Wisconsin? Seriously dont you have to be a recognized state to have a capitol? Are you sure Wisconsin isn't just another suburb of Chicago? And i could of sworn the capitol was Springfield.

Yes and no, yes wisc is a suburb of Chicago, but the capitol is not Springfield, the capitol is where the governor lives and that's in Chicago




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omg i hate math so much...

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Heh, someone is familiar with 'Everyday Mathematics'

those are great and true.

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I did that once and the kid behind the register told me it was to late, because he had already punched the $4.00 in.(or whatever the amount was.) I just shook my head and took the handfull of change he gave me.

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Oh yes, this is a chronic problem...every other time i do something like that...an extra three cents or ESPECIALLY giving someone $22.08 for a $6.58 purchase...that just blows their mind

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Sigh, my worst case is about 2 weeks ago...99c bottle of water. Total came to $1.06

Handed the gal $2 and then said "wait a second wait a second!" Bingo, I pulled out a dime and a penny from my pocket!

Yea she wasn't having that. Gave me back my $2 and started over.
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Math is simple when it's numbers but you start throwing letters in there and it's all downhill...

x + 10 = -300?

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Oh yes, this is a chronic problem...every other time i do something like that...an extra three cents or ESPECIALLY giving someone $22.08 for a $6.58 purchase...that just blows their mind
see, you my son are a project of 90's math...

In order to get 22.08 you need a $20, two singles a nickel and 3 pennies. Which after the $6.58 sent purchase you would get back, $10 a single and two quarters. So unless you gave them a $2 bill (and uless your my father nobody asks for $2 bills anymore) you would have wanted to give them $21.58. and this also introduces the complexity of a $2 bill to the american fast food industry. Which in reality, just plainly sucks.

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hehe, when you get into high enough math...there's more letters than numbers. I had that realization on a calc III final one day...that shit freaked me out man.
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see, you my son are a project of 90's math...

In order to get 22.08 you need a $20, two singles a nickel and 3 pennies. Which after the $6.58 sent purchase you would get back, $10 a single and two quarters. So unless you gave them a $2 bill (and uless your my father nobody asks for $2 bills anymore) you would have wanted to give them $21.58. and this also introduces the complexity of a $2 bill to the american fast food industry. Which in reality, just plainly sucks.
No, sorry...Cerk is inexcusable. If you have 22.08 and you're prepared enough to do the math on that shit. You really should have just gotten change for the $20 in the first place. Stop f*cking with peoples lives!!!!
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In California, Arizona or Texas you would have had to ask for your change in Spanish........
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I thought you just stole the goods w/out paying

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Here is something from a 9th grade math book in India. Forget arithmetic

1)Sec(x-A)=cosec A
What is the value of X?

2) What are the roots of a quadrati eqution?
Ax^2 + bx + c = 0
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Here is something from a 9th grade math book in India. Forget arithmetic

1)Sec(x-A)=cosec A
What is the value of X?

2) What are the roots of a quadrati eqution?
Ax^2 + bx + c = 0
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Here is something from a 9th grade math book in India. Forget arithmetic

1)Sec(x-A)=cosec A
What is the value of X?

2) What are the roots of a quadrati eqution?
Ax^2 + bx + c = 0
Wow.........all that so that they can work an outsourced tech support job for $6 an hour U.S. dollars.
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Wow.........all that so that they can work an outsourced tech support job for $6 an hour U.S. dollars.
Thats for the ones who flunk maths.


All that so they can work in Chicago for $75 an hour on a tech job.(not support)
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Here is something from a 9th grade math book in India. Forget arithmetic

1)Sec(x-A)=cosec A
What is the value of X?

2) What are the roots of a quadrati eqution?
Ax^2 + bx + c = 0
You bastard! I just spent around 10 minutes solving those (didn't have to do anything like that in uhm... five years?). Had fun, though Good memories
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