“It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.” Well, WE do! That’s why we started this column… Advice Paradise!
We’re not psychologists, counselors, therapists, or experts – we’re just fellow homeschoolers who are willing to offer a little friendly advice. Sometimes it helps to have a second opinion, and we’re here for you. The Advice Paradise team will answer questions on homeschooling, relationships, religion, and life in general. No question is too trivial. Just ask about anything you want to know! We promise to keep it simple and get straight to the point. Check out the following questions and see if any of them apply to you, or maybe you’ve been in the same situation and have some helpful advice to give someone else. Post a comment if you think you have a better answer!
This month we’ve collected a few random math questions…
1. How can we make students love mathematics and not be afraid of it?
Spend some time on the personal history of mathematicians. Show the human side of the person that the theory is named for. Tell them to be on the lookout in nature for the Fibonacci sequence, which demonstrates that mathematics are God’s thoughts from the start of the universe. All of nature is composed of geometric, harmonic structures.
2. Is “nothing” the only concept that is meaningless?
The concept of zero is difficult. It is a relatively recent, but useful, discovery in the history of mathematics. Zero is half of the binary language; no zero = no internet. Every electronic device has a switch with a “1 and a 0.″ Without zero we could not turn things off. Zero is also useful for multiplication by powers of 10. Units get strange. When the room is empty you have zero people, zero furniture, zero elephants, and so on. If something has a weight of zero, it has no weight. Ignore it if you want, it is nothing. But it is not meaningless. We were nothing once, before God made us.
3. Which is bigger, .03″ or .07″?
Cut an inch into 100 equal pieces. Take three pieces in one hand and seven in the other. The seven are bigger.
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