I was an excellent math student through junior year of high school which happens to be the last time I was a math student. I did take statistics in college, but that doesn't really count. I did not to take calculus my senior year of high school as I did not enjoy the calculus teacher that I had suffered through geometry with and I had fulfilled the math requirement for college, so I opted out. I was not required to take any real math in college so I did not.
Scott took various calculus classes in college. Yay him! This gives him the impression that he's better in math than me. You be the judge.
Our 5th grader was doing double digit long division and she asked Mr. Math for help.
Scott to me: "Do you remember the secret to double digit long division?"
Me: "I don't know any secret. It's like single digit, but with 2 digits."
Scott: "It's been a long time since I've done long division. It's like this right?" He then leans over and shows me the paper where he's started a problem like this:
Me: "Why are you starting on the far right?"
Scott: "That's where you start."
Me: "That's not where I'd start. I'd do it like this.":
|I started at the furtherest left that the 6 was divisible into like you are supposed to.|
Scott then tries to complete the problem his way and realizes he's.... wait for it....WRONG.
Me: "How sad is it that I'm feeling totally superior right now?"
Scott: "I'm glad you get to feel like that for once."
While all this was going on the girl, our 5th grader, is saying things like:
"Give me back my paper."
"This isn't helping me."
We ignored her of course because what mattered was which one of us was right.
About 5 minutes later Scott bested me on a chemistry question so my superiority in the realm of 5th grade homework was short lived.
It was lovely while it lasted.
peace & love ;-)