Sunday, February 08, 2009
Something Sean drew on Friday night while Brian was busy having his friend over to stay. Sean calls it Math Town. The inhabitants of Math Town include symbols depicting pi, infinity, fractions, decimals, percentage, tangent, sine, cosine, fractions, roots. Obviously influenced by all the Murderous Math books he's been reading the past few weeks. He's suddenly gotten hooked on the books, reading them one after another; definitely not understanding that much but enjoying them loads nevertheless. He's always showing the funny bits that he finds so ticklish to my friends...convenient targets are the 'nicer' uncles and aunties who'll entertain him, eg Lynn, Eugene, May and Alan.
Sean seems to think Math is learnt in a linear manner. He says one learns addition first, then subtraction, followed by multiplication, division, squaring numbers, finding roots, learning about shapes and angles, number patterns and fractions, all of which he says (deludedly I have to add) he has mastered. I did agree with him when he thought adding fractions is harder than multiplying them; and that dividing fractions is easy cos "you only need to flip the second term and then it becomes multiplying fractions". Unfortunately, he also has the notion that algebra is the hardest part in all of Mathematical knowledge, boyoboy, is he in for a nasty surprise.