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When it is more effective to use a general letter x rather than a concrete numeral to represent a number, whose value constantly varies—an economic way to convey the idea of a variable in an equation or a mathematical sentence.
Why an X, and not an A, B, or C is because the letters x, y, and z have traditionally been used to stand for unknowns, while the letters a, b, and c for constants.
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by MathPlus November 18, 2018

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When math educators want to push themselves to the limit, by being the best in their category or field, where they are willing to take enormous risks and bear the pain to be rewarded.
Recipients of the Fields medal—the mathematical equivalent of the “Nobel Prize In Mathematics”—have a penchant for mathematical masochism in order to stand out from the crowd, because these “extreme mathematicians” know that “no pain, no gain.”
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by MathPlus October 31, 2018

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Short for “Singapore’s Gifted Education Programme,” that has sulked up so much taxpayers’ money, yet has achieved so little—an elitist programme that equates high academic achievement with giftedness.
At best, Singapore’s GEP—every parent’s secret desire for their child to get into it—creates the illusion of nurturing individual creativity, when it actually breeds conformity and produces academic snobbery among its members.
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by MathPlus October 24, 2018

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When the value of the mathematical pi] is exactly three, which can be inferred from two verses in the Bible (1 Kings 7:23 and 2 Chronicles 4:2)—the “biblical pi” contradicts the mathematicians’ value, which is about 3.14 or 22/7.
How does one reconcile the value of pi in the sky with the irrational value of pi on earth? Could theologians or theomaticians explain the missing “0.14” bit to the mathematical brethren?
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by MathPlus October 17, 2018

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An email that the sender forgets to include the attached file meant for the recipient.
This week only, President Trump sent three f-mails to his administration, with zero apologies to his puzzled staff—it looks like his digital assistant Siri only executed the first part of his request.
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by MathPlus October 04, 2018

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Arguably the most notorious problem in the history of mathematics: mathematicians’ secret desire to solve it to achieve mathematical fame and immortality had saved a few lives, whose suicidal minds were so absorbed in their proofs that they forgot to end their lives prematurely.
A generalized version of the Pythagorean theorem, the Fermat’s Last Theorem was finally put to rest by Prof. Wiles, after an error was exposed in the first proof he unveiled to the mathematical brethren.
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by MathPlus February 13, 2018

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Also known as “New Age Math.” When the buzzword “mindful” subliminally conveys the idea that one can master the most disliked school subject, by cultivating a relaxed mind for the brain to focus on what is required in a math question—a mind-over-math approach via meditation and relaxation to reduce fear and failure.
The math education industry hasn’t been spared by the Mindfulness Movement, which is promoting “Mindful Math” programs countrywide to target the math-anxious kids of the rich and the famous—they’re preaching the feel-good gospel that math success is more psychological than logical.
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by MathPlus February 07, 2018

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