如何处理“我讨厌数学”

ByBrie Finegold

In a recent discussion with a group of graduate and undergraduate students in mathematics, we came to the following conclusions about how to respond to those who tell you “I hate math”, which can seem like a real conversation-stopper if you do math all day

1) Keep in mind that people probably don’t hate math– They hate the tests they did poorly on and the algebra homework they had to do in high school. So you might – gasp! – agree with them that you weren’t that keen on high school math either but that there is more than that. Then you can elaborate.

2)尝试在不使用“定理”,“算法”,“微分方程”等单词的情况下告诉他们一些很酷的数学。制作一个mobius strip并将它切成两半!或者让他们“欣赏”的数学,因为即使他们不喜欢这样做是什么 - 指出了数学在电影业的角色(避免谈论金融)。

3) Ask them to think about the strength of the word they are using, and whether they really do actually “hate” math? Did they have a bad experience in a math class? Do they have any idea what mathematicians DO?

4) Ask them what they do all day, and then quickly say “Oh I HATE that!” Ok, just kidding!

5)做出类比:告诉他们他们在学校学到的数学与更高的数学相关,以与伟大的文学相关的方式相同。

6) Speak about your love of mathematics and how it relates PHILOSOPHICALLY to other aspects of your life.

7)说“不要恨!”然后笑声改变主题或看#4。

请添加更多想法!如果你在我们的讨论,我遗漏了一些我们所说的话,请把它加回!

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10回复如何处理“我讨厌数学”

  1. Avatar FMorgan. 说:

    我最喜欢的问题是,“你希望你喜欢数学吗?”我认为这就是你必须开始的地方。

  2. Avatar Auel 说:

    If I’m feeling snarky, I’ll respond, “Somebody has to do it! Aren’t you glad it isn’t you?” Seriously though, I like to ask, “When was the first time you can remember hating math?”

  3. Avatar 帕特里克 说:

    我经常尖叫“好吧,我恨你!”然后跑到我的房间,听鲍阿斯超级大声。

    更认真的是,我同意倾向于向展示某人漂亮的图片或酷可以用数学做的事情的想法。有很多人“只是没有得到”数学和物理,这就是他们说恨它的原因(关于他们真正讨厌代数家庭作业的评论已经死了)。成为一直始终与数学和物理有这种直觉的人,有时候很难把自己放在鞋子里。我觉得灌输了同样的迷恋和发现的乐趣,即数学家的感觉是不可能的,但你至少可以说服数学确实很酷,即使他们不认为数学本身也是如此。

  4. Avatar 大卫 说:

    我会说,¨fine,这不是一个大不了的事!但如果你想改变这种情况,我可以帮助你做到这一点。

  5. Avatar Sebastian 说:

    也许问“你知道谷歌吗?”然后使他们的动作背后的所有数学的重点(PageRank,AdWords逻辑等)应该打击它们......

  6. Avatar 戴夫 说:

    First, trust. The people who are telling they hate math mean it, it is difficult to them and there won’t be any help for that. If you realized that math is difficult to you, it won’t be any better later.

  7. Avatar Brian 说:

    I have found that the only plan to deal with this attitude in a lasting way involves setting the student up to succeed an a substantive way. You need to find a question that is simultaneously inherently interesting to the student at that time (whether for grade reasons, as an application, or for its aesthetics), at a level so that the student is likely to succeed, and is hard enough for the student to be proud of themselves for succeeding. Fortunately, in the classroom, you have this power.

  8. Avatar 玛乔 说:

    我讨厌数学非常多的乘法表

  9. Avatar Kelvin41 说:

    I feel no-one is here for the emo, sometimes. ,

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