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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [qb] OK, Munchie, i read thru the thread. i have to make some comments here: A) you like order, it makes you feel in control of SOMETHING in a world that really is chaos.. B) methematics is a language, arithmetic is the grammar... you taught grammar to kids who didn't have ANYTHING TO SAY... :rolleyes: [/qb][/QUOTE]_________ Hi Mr. Glassman, Thank you very much for sharing your latest thoughts with the Munchkin Man. In regard to (A), the Munchkin Man has no argument there. The Munchkin Man has always seen beauty in order and precision. This is what makes the world so beautiful. It is bound by mathematical and physical laws. It is the human population on the planet which causes all the chaos. Mathematics is about order and precision, first and foremost. The "art" that Mr. Bdgee talks about is an application of mathematics that can come later. But the basics come first. In regard to (B), your comment reminds the Munchkin Man of the old adage: "Every class is an English class." This was true in the Munchkin Man's mathematics classes. Correct grammar and spelling were essential for success in all of the Munchkin Man's mathematics classes. Suppose the Munchkin Man asked a student to write the following number in words on a test: 4,044 And the student wrote: "Four thousand fourty-four." How many mistakes do you see? There are two. First, the student forgot to include the comma. Second, the student misspelled the word "forty" as "fourty." Although the number "4" is spelled as "four", the letter "u" is dropped when you spell "40" as "forty." This is one of the most commonly misspelled math number words today and yesterday alike. How much credit would the Munchkin Man give the student for writing and spelling the number 4,044 in the manner illustrated above? None. The Munchkin Man would count it completely wrong. After all, there is no listing of a number "fourty" in the Munchkin Man's dictionary. The Munchkin Man cannot give credit for something that does not exist. The Munchkin Man was a stickler for grammar and spelling. The Munchkin Man was proud of it. Thanks again for sharing your latest thoughts. Good luck to you. Best Wishes, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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