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Why do I need to learn this stuff?


Why do I need to learn this stuff?  That’s a question I asked my teacher over 40 years ago.  I loved math but I still couldn’t see the reason for learning some of the math that was being taught.  I don’t remember the answer given to my question but I don’t think I was convinced.  What has convinced me is the odd problem that comes up occasionally that has forced me to utilize some of the “stuff” that I knew back then that I’d never need.

Do a search on Google for the uses of prime numbers and you’ll find very little other than their use in cryptology.  So, back 40 years ago when I probably asked that question there probably wasn’t much of an answer given.  Certainly not one that would have convinced me I’d ever use them.  Fast forward 40 years and I finally found the reason why I needed to learn about prime numbers.  I was working on a game and was trying to limit repetitions in two animations.  I won’t go into the gory details but the solution was to have each animation consist of frames that equal a prime number.

So if you’re asked that question I think it’s safe to say that a lot of that “stuff” will come up at some time in the future for the student.  And in this case even an artist can utilize prime numbers.

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Math Nook is owned by Jan and Tommy Hall.

Jan is retired from education where she spent 30 years in various positions ranging from classroom teacher to math specialist. She now spends her time working on the website and raising MathPup.

Tommy works full time but spends his free time utilizing his math degree and love of games to create some of the math games found on the website.