Additional Math Pages & Resources

Monday, November 21, 2011

Simple Math Samples

Although many people consider elementary math to be "simple math," parents who have to explain it to their kids may disagree. Our math might be elementary, but it's not simple. In an effort to understand what things about math could be considered simple vs complex, I did a little research today.

As I searched for the terms "simple" and "math," I noticed the results didn't have any direct relationship to the math we cover in our elementary schools. Nor did they discuss what makes math simple or hard. I did however find some interesting material. Here are a few sites I found:

Simple Math Cellars - a winery in northern California. The idea of Simple Math Wine is not about what’s on the tech sheet but what’s in the glass - yum? or yuck?

Simple Math - an alternative, conceptual, grunge, indie-pop music album by a group called Manchester Orchestra, released in May 2011.

Simple -  a site selling an Apple iPhone app that generates practice math problems for kids.

Retail Math Made Simple
- a virtual site that sells a book full of math to retail store managers. It covers things like inventory, discounts and pricing, ordering lag times, etc.

Simple Math Bakery - a blog focused on a lady's baking experiences - there seem to be all sorts of nice things whose ingredients are easy to calculate.

Simple Math Guild - a group of computer gamers who quite frankly I don't understand and can't explain, so read it in their own words:
In 2005 on the oceanic server of Frostmourne, members of the guilds Gun It and Throat Stab merged into a guild called Dark Matter. After a short time of raiding there were some leadership issues and about 20 people left to form a new guild. The name Simple Math was derived from a guild joke regarding the aggro transfer for tanks during the Kurinnaxx fight in AQ20. Shortly after arriving on the Andorhal server we found  new members and soon we had killed Ragnaros, Neferian, and Fandral Staghelm. At this point we halted raiding until the release of Burning Crusade. The Simple Math of Burning Crusade started with a massive struggle for power and continued once we got our ranks in order. We came out in first place on Andorhal as our competition disbanded or transferred after Lady Vashj and Kael’thas Sunstrider kills. No turning back now!

Simple Math Fairy Tales - a series of graphics using math formulas to present Fairy Tales - done this year in an advertising campaign for a Canadian Toy Store. For example:

Simple Math - a blog posting that tries to explain why fees for creative agencies are rising very quickly relative to the marketing campaigns they create or manage:
We hear "Agency fees have been growing faster than our digital media spending. Something is wrong and it has to stop!" The reality:  Nothing is wrong. Clients are spending more on Owned media - the things we build such as applications, web experiences, etc.  There’s no media (magazine, newspaper) cost - only agency fees for building these things.  Earned media is what customers are saying to each other - social experiences that are being built, monitored, and managed. Again, no media cost, only fees for what we do. The better we get at exploiting the power of owned and earned media, the faster agency fees will rise relative to media costs. If a $500k marketing program (all fees) performs as well as a $10-million paid media program (10% fees + 90% media), who really is hurting?  Answer: the media publishers, not the client. Not us.

Simple Math of Everything
- a proposed book, to contain specialty math knowledge from every field, without going beyond introductory level:
There's a substantial advantage in knowing the drop-dead basic fundamental embarrassingly-simple mathematics in as many different subjects as you can manage. Not the high-falutin' complicated math that appears in the latest journal articles (unless you plan to become a professional in the field). For people who can read calculus, and just plain algebra, the basic mathematics of a field may not take long to learn, and is likely to change your outlook on life more than either math-free popularizations of that subject, OR its highly technical math.

In my estimation, this book is not likely to be written, as no single person has the time or energy or breadth of knowledge to write it on his/her own, and writing by committee is even harder and takes much longer (been there, done that).

Simple Excel Math - Here's what we teach in the first few months of Kindergarten. Is this simple?
  • Recognizing/using position words: top, bottom, over, under, above and below
  • Recognizing/using time words: morning, afternoon, evening and night; days of the week 
  • Recognizing/using position words: left, right, between and middle 
  • Recognizing/using left and right hands; moving from left to right 
  • Identifying which of 3 items is different from others in the set 
  • Recognizing the shape of numerals 0, 1, 2, 3
  • Recognizing/using position words: inside and outside, on and off 
  • Recognizing/using position (in time) words: before and after 
  • Learning the concept of 1 and 2 
  • Recognizing left and right and moving in those directions when asked 
  • Learning the concept of 3
  • Recognizing the shape of numerals 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Recognizing measurement words: taller, shorter and same height 
  • Copying a pattern of shapes 
  • Copying a pattern of hand motions using cards with 2 colors and letters 
  • Identifying which of 3 items is unique
  • Learning the concept of 4
  • Counting and showing numbers 0-5 with fingers
  • Circling 1 to 4 items in a set 
  • Counting objects in a set; sorting shapes based on similar characteristics 
  • Repeating a pattern of postures or body movements 
  • Comparing pairs of lines of different lengths 
  • Learning the concept of 5