"Maths is the language through which Godhas crafted (vt. 精心制作) the wholeuniverse."
“The Queen of all Sciences”
“studying maths trains me up to be an expert problem solver.”
There are a whole host of useful skills I can learn from math, while logical thinking must be the only one which has influenced me a lot. I still remember the first time I heard of this term was from a speech delivered by our teacher in the first year of my secondary school. I learnt its great importance. Then I started to pay great importance on it when my math teacher taught me how to think of questions in math.
Hands down (毫无疑问地), it is quite useful for us to think of problems easily not only in our study, like how to solve out a problem, but also in our daily life, like how to break down those complicated problems into several small and easy questions.
Undoubtedly, this kind of skill benefits me so many when I face those trivial problems in my life, like food choice. At the same time, I am also able to make wise decision for those big problems, especially like which job is more suitable to me.
To be honest, at first I was not really good at using this skill to solve out problems based on so many years’ cramming education. I was still used to looking up answers from textbooks in lieu of (替代) independent thinking. While with the time passing by, I finally mastered its tips that information much be weighed up (权衡), sorted out (分类), and then processed in a certain order. Right now, it’s an easy thing for me to make a decision.
I would like to talk about the time I learned the idea of getting change after purchasing something using subtraction I learned in year 2.
Before I started year 2, I did not have much concept about money or purchase goods. I roughly knew that if you gave the storeman some coins, they would give you cookies or sweets as an exchange. Besides, my mother sometimes gave me enough money to buy one lollipop or one pack of cookies, so I never have to worry about getting change.
It is fair to say that for a 10-year- old child, he would be more than happy to give out $100 dollar note to exchange for one box of sweets probably worth 2 dollars, because children do not understand the idea of money.
In the math class from year 3, when the first time Ms Tipping - our math teacher - taught us about the lesson of subtraction, I was fascinated. It was like opening the gate to a new world. The homework we had from that math class is to use subtraction as a skill to buy something.
So I asked my mother for 5 dollar and I promised her that I will get change from grocery man today she laughed loudly! However, she still quietly followed me downstairs and watched me handing over that 5 dollar note and bought myself one 3 dollar ice cream. I poked out 5 fingers and started using subtraction, numbering in mouth “5 minus 3 equals 2”
After I yelled out TWO to the grocery man, my mum was so proud of me, as this was the first time I used subtraction as a skill to get change in real life.