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.

Current activities at MathNook

One of the reasons this blog was created was to keep everyone posted on the going ons here at MathNook.  So here’s a quick update:

In addition to adding more math games we have a lot going on here.  We’re currently reworking the website to make it load faster and be more efficient.  We’re also redesigning it so the look will change a little too.  Hopefully you’ll like it! 

In addition to that we’re putting out some video math tutorials.  We have several produced but they aren’t up on MathNook yet.  To see them you can go to www.youtube.com and search for mathnook. 

We’re also going to make the Math Games To Go games available for free download.  Math Games To Go was our previous company that produced classroom math games for the classroom.  These games have sold out and we are no longer making them but you will be able to make them yourself by downloading the game PDF’s and printing them on card stock as Math Games To Go did.

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