goosemoose wrote:I like maths, I'm just not very good at it. I was one on those types back at school where I wanted to know why the hell we'd want to solve for X. I'm not sure what the story is today but I reckon that should be your first algebra maths lesson, why we need to solve for X and why it is so handy, complete with real word examples that are understandable. Or maybe I was asleep at the back of the class during that lesson.....

Oh how I can relate to that. And trying to teach it to family.

"I hate algebra!"

"You do? Don't you realise that you use it every day?"

"I do?"

"Yes. When you're trying to figure out whether or not the 500gram or one Kg bag of soup mix is better value, you're solving for x."

When I need a run of netting for a fence and I have several rolls of used netting to choose from, I use Pi x d x the mean diameter of the middle number of coils x the number of coils in the roll to get as close as possible to choosing the right roll (length) for the job.

So true . . . .

Bruce wrote:We were taught the knowledge with very little consideration for how it may actually be applied in our post-school lives. "Why do I need to solve the value of x?" was a question seldom, if ever, answered.

T'wasn't knowledge Bruce. It was information.

21% was all I could manage for School Certificate. Despite that, I had high figures for physics and chemistry. Something 'they' said couldn't be done.