What high school math is all about!

Relationships are a huge part of the secondary school experience.  You form all sorts of relationships with people in your school.  In English class you study Romeo and Juliet, in social science classes you often learn about Canada’s relationship with other countries, in health class you learn about the human body’s relationship to diet and nutrition.  Math class is no different, we learn about relationships between variables.  Steven Strogatz mathematics professor at Cornell University and author of “The Joy of x” says that high school level math essentially involves one of two activities, solving equations and working with formulas.   The…

Why the study of mathematics is important

“When am I ever going to use this in REAL life?” is a question many math teachers get asked (especially when a student is struggling to get the concept being taught). Another common question is “why are we learning this?” Of the two questions I believe that “why are we learning this” is much fairer. To answer “when am I ever going to use this in real life” is difficult, because depending on what you end up doing for a living you may never actually use what we are learning in class. For example if you end up being a…