# Math question

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Kenbushway, Feb 28, 2013.

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Again, I never said humans were limited to using only base 10, so I don't understand the objections. I just said that's the reason we use base 10 at all.

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Everything has to end so it'd better be in a silly and elegant way
But we're too sentimental to completely forget it.

Where do you see an objection ?

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Dude...no one has objected...

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Well, that's what Rhubarbodendron's comment sounded like.

The Minbari in Babylon Five use base 11; 10 fingers plus the head.

That's my useless contribution to the topic .

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I do believe she was making a joke.

7. ### Great Stalin's GhostMillions of dead kulaks can't be wrongPremium Member

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It was a joke, dude.

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And Centauri use six bases for the ladies...

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In Contact the creators of the universe used base 11 too.

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No contemporary discussion of numeral bases would be complete without mentioning that, because computer memory is ultimately composed of bits, computer scientists frequently use bases that are various powers of two: binary itself (base 2), octal (base 8), and hexadecimal (base 16). Base 64 also has a place, although it's rare, if ever, for data in that base to be directly manipulated by humans.

11. ### Great Stalin's GhostMillions of dead kulaks can't be wrongPremium Member

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What's awesome to me is that binary math lets you multiply and divide simply by shifting bits left and right.

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13. ### KenbushwayCaptainCaptain

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To be honest the things you guys have said that is easy for you and helped understand still confuses me. Is my problem more than just learning math?

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Math isn't easy for everyone, so don't worry. What's confusing you?

15. ### KenbushwayCaptainCaptain

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Concepts, the explaining of simple math.
A teacher would has to literally go step by step and is likely going to have to repeat it more than once. And when I learn new concepts man it gets worse.

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No biggie. So, it takes you longer and more time to learn math. Maybe you have a learning disability...I taught special ed for years. What do you need explained, I'd be happy to give it a go. The neighbors are having a loud fucking party, so I'm not getting to sleep any time soon.

17. ### KenbushwayCaptainCaptain

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I still don't get the part about 100, I've read about multiplication table, the ability for a certain number to go into 100, but I don't get it. Also I am good a science, I can understand it quite easily. since Math is the sister of science, why can't I understand math?

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Could be a learning disability, like I said. Could be that math is just harder for you to grasp, or that you haven't been taught to think about it the right way yet. Like I said, we don't have a particularly good track record for teaching math in this country. I couldn't do much math in my head until I was an adult, I was successful at math -- in advanced classes and everything, but I had no fundamental grasp of a lot of the concepts (due to missing most of 7th and 8th grades). It wasn't until I was in college taking stats, but also taking classes on how to teach more basic math, that the concepts really clicked and all of the sudden I was good at mental math -- it was all about how I was taught to look at it.

I like teaching, so if you want, I can try to help you figure it out.

give me a sec.

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Firstly, some of the things I bring up may seem really basic and young, but this is seriously how I first really grasped math concepts in college, so please don't take offense.

Have you ever worked with a hundreds chart?