smart math

Does it ever hit you how much we don’t know about Hunk? 

Like, we know he has a family, we know he’s basically a genius, we know he’s stubborn and blunt, and we know he has a passion for food, buuuuuuut…

How big is his family? How close is he to them? Obviously he cares about them and expresses his desire to see them again. Did he talk to them often when he was at the Garrison? Are his parents together, divorced, remarried? Does he have two moms like in my Very Important headcanon? god i hope he does

Is he an only child? Or is he a big brother to a little baby sibling who he loves with his whole heart? If so, does he think about how he’s not going to see them grow up? Or if he’s he a little brother, does he ever think about how they’d tease and joke with him but be there as a shoulder to cry on whenever things get bad? Does he sometimes hug his pillow so tight, imagining it’s them, imagining that they’re there, telling him everything is going to be okay, even though he knows that’s not true? How often does he think about the fact that he might never see them again?

Was he teased in school for being That Smart Math Kid™? Did he ever let that get him down, or did he work harder to achieve the intelligence we see in show out of spite, or simply because he wanted to know? What made him want to join the Garrison? 

How did he get into culinary arts? He knows what he’s doing. He knows how to present a dish beautifully and aesthetically. He figured out how to make alien food taste good. Where did he learn all that? School? His parents? Youtube???? Did he just teach himself trial-and-error style? 

There are so many more things we don’t know??? I think we know less about Hunk than we do about any of the other characters??? @ DREAMWORKS WHEN WILL YOU GIVE US A HUNK BACKSTORY. GIVE US SOME HUNK INSIGHT I’M BEGGING YOU

When anyone tries to tell me how much better education was “in the good old days”.

Being smart doesn’t just mean that you’re smart in maths, sciences, history, whatever. You know all about Sherlock Holmes? Damn, you’re smart. You can memorize theories or come up with your own? Smart. You know Harry Potter by heart? Smart. You know about this and that? Smart. You do not have to be a genius in one subject to be considered smart. You’re smart in your own ways. Remember that.

As a teacher, I no longer use the word, “smart.” I refuse to call any of my students this word, and I am intentional about not using it in my class. What even is, “smart”? Is smart getting the answer correctly? Being able to perform a specific skill? What is it? Because when we tell kids that they are smart, in reality, it does nothing for them. It does not provide any feedback for them. And the worst part is that this word has become a way for people to classify children into 2 categories: smart, and not. When children assess themselves they have difficulty defining their strengths and weaknesses. Instead, it has become a question of whether they consider themselves as smart, or not. And herein lies the problem. I too, can relate to these kids. I always struggled in math, and considered myself, “not smart” in this subject. I could never take a different perspective and evaluate what areas of math were a struggle, and which parts I understood. Was it the calculation part? Was it memorizing math facts? No, after years as a student in the classroom I looked at my peers and compared myself to them because they were “smart” in math and I was not. Leading me to believe I was somehow less intelligent than my peers when in reality, I just learned differently. I required different help. Teachers, parents and students tossed the word smart around as if it was a label which you had to earn. My point in all of this, and even taking the time to write a tumblr post about it, is that the way we perceive ourselves has everything to do with the way the institutions we grew up in engraved it into our brains. You are not smart, and you are not NOT smart. You are full of strengths and weaknesses, and it is much more important to figure those out than label yourself as anything. Instead of telling a child they are smart, point out what they did correctly and why it was correct. Instead, tell them how the skills they display affect the outcome of a situation. Unsurprisingly, I get quite a few messages from college-aged kids who feel like they’re not smart. Or from people who feel like they won’t make it in college because of how they perform in their academics. I had these very same thoughts as I went into college, and as I was in it. The system of education has failed you/me, and for that, I am sorry. The classroom environment should be teaching you how to identify and reflect on your weaknesses, and how to identify and maximize the potential of your strengths. You’re more than a label, please know this and reflect. Knowing all of this now, I hope and pray that you will change your whole perspective on yourself.

Thank you for reading my extremely long post which is somewhat of me venting, while also trying to encourage you. I hope it is taken to heart.

- Lindsay

Things INTPs Love

Intellectual silliness (epithet of the INTP)
Loud neutrality in arguments
Nonverbal indications of boredom
Telling you how smart they are
Telling you how smart they think you are based on how much less dumber you are than they are than other people are
Being overly complex

How To Study For a Math Test

Honestly, most people don’t study for a math test. Mostly because there’s almost no actual information to study for. And there’s no way you’re going to give yourself any extra work by giving yourself more problems right? Well I myself am not really an all-night study person (yet) and I will share how I study and other methods of studying for a high school math test.

1. NOTES: (Most common) Listen, I take notes for in-class purposes but I don’t really use them otherwise. Some people worship their notes. It really just depends on how you learn. If your notes are full of helpful tips and examples, then definitely read over those.
2. ASKING: Don’t ever be afraid to ask a teacher for help on a certain problem. They’re there to teach you obviously. Even if you’re socially awkward like me, you can still ask them. It’s preferred to ask a teacher sometime before or after class.
3. PROBLEMS: Although it may come off as extra work, this CAN help you, especially if it’s the night before the test. Find some problems in the book and try to work them out. You don’t necessarily have to take out paper and work them all out if you don’t want to. You can simply just think about how to solve the particular type of problem.
4. SKIMMING: (My personal way of studying) Open your textbook and flip through the chapter you are currently studying in class. Skim the information and take note of any key concepts or examples. Look and see how each example is worked out and why. You can also skim your homework to see how problems were solved earlier.
5. FLASHCARDS: This really depends on the type of class you’re taking and how you learn. If you’re a more English/Foreign Language oriented learner, this could help. Make some flashcards on chapter vocab and formulas and study them.
6. GROUPS: Why not make math fun (If not already)? Do some problems with friends and you can definitely stick in some information into your brain. Friends can also help you with problems if a teacher is unavailable.

You CAN study for a math test, believe it or not. Remember to ask questions if you’re confused so you can pass that test!

A mathematical challenge.

In 1929 in Göttingen, a challenge to express any whole number using the number 2 precisely four times, and using only well-known mathematical symbols, was introduced. 

The first few numbers are easy:

1 = (2 + 2)/(2 + 2),

2 = (2/2) + (2/2),

3 = (2 x 2) - (2/2),

4 = 2 + 2 + 2 - 2.

The game became much more difficult even for Göttingen’s finest mathematical minds. Hundreds of hours were spent playing the game with higher and higher numbers - until Paul Dirac found a simple and general formula enabling any number to be expressed using four 2s, entirely within the rules. He had rendered the game pointless. 

Dirac’s solution relies on a basic property of logarithms: 

and is

where the number of radicals is exactly n square roots. 

One may think that Dirac killed the game using only three 2s. Each symbol in the formula is very common in mathematics, so Dirac’s solution is still within the rules of the game. 

Content inspired by The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo 

i feel like at some point a shift happened, and “nerd culture” stopped being defined by being a smart person who likes math and science and shit and started being defined by being an adult who is still really invested in cartoons or video games or comic books or other media aimed primarily at children, and due to the confusion resulting from this shift now there’s a bunch of people who think they’re misunderstood geniuses because they’ve watched the entirety of thundercats

Do you think The Boss majored in Business during their time in college cause I do

I think The Boss is actually really smart. I mean, English is boring as hell to them but guys they run a fucking city. Two cities. Do you know how much math that is? And the explosives, damn. Do you know how much science is with that? They run an empire. If you wanna count SR4 then they also ran a country and a entire fucking civilization.

Sure, their ethics are a little sideways. Their people skills are as blunt as a dead knife and they have no filter what so ever but The Boss is a genius.

They probably got honor roll but never cared, they probably got a high I.Q. but they don’t believe in your intelligence being measured and if you know they’re real name you could probably find it on a National Honor Society somewhere or even on the Deans list.

Guys the Boss is a fucking genius but doesn’t care.

we’ve established that julian is 110% slytherin so what about the other blackthorns?