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Monday, June 13, 2011

2 + 2 = 4.......Right?

THE READERS HAVE SPOKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or Becca voted over and over again. Not sure.

How do you figure math in your head?

Calculations have always been somewhat difficult for me.

So this one time I was in the car with someone, driving along Highway 162. I don't know why I remember the road so specifically, but I do.

And this person and I started talking budget and bills.

And I was called upon to figure a sum.  In my head. I couldn't even use my fingers! Cuz they were on the steering wheel.

And it took me awhile. And then I still figured the sum incorrectly. And so then I figured some more. And then I got it right. But the whole thing took awhile.

Which led to a conversation(full blown angry argument) about how I figure sums in my head. Apparently, I figure them incorrectly-even when I get the sum correct.

 But MEG runs Meg's Mind. And Meg's Mind will calculate math however it dang pleases.

Here is how Meg's Mind does arithmetic:

Say you ask me what 7 x 6 is. I have the vague memorized belief that 7 x 6 = 42. But I am not sure about that. At all. So I would never automatically answer 42. Instead I would determine a close by equation that I am sure of, like 7 x 5. Positive it equals 35. And then I would think 35 + 7 is kind of difficult to add up. But I do know that 5 + 2 = 7 and 35 + 5 = 40 and 40 + 2 = 42. So after I thought that all through, I would definitively tell you that 7 x 6 is indeed 42.

Similarly, I believe that 6 + 7 = 13, but if you asked me to quickly tell you what 6 + 7 equals, I would first quickly run through my head that I know that 7 + 3 = 10 and that 3 more is 13.

Also, I think that we should all be under the metric system. I am really, really comfortable with systems based on 10's. Jus' Sayin'

Also. it used to really irk me when math teachers told you(me) that you figured a problem incorrectly even though you ended up with the correct answer. YOU GOT THE CORRECT ANSWER! HOW COULD IT BE WRONG??

I recently polled a vast amount of people (2) and they agreed to the following things:
1. I am alone in not automatically feeling confident that 7 x 6 = 42.
2. As long as I can figure it in my head in less than 4 seconds, it doesn't matter how I figure it.

So I am wrong. But not.

Talk to me people: How do you do calculations in your head? How much math is automatically stored in your memory?

As previously stated, I am prone to bursts of anger towards people who criticize my way of calculating math. I still despise my 5th grade math teacher. Comment with caution.

Happy Monday!


  1. Girl I am the same way when it comes to making calculations.  First of all, if someone ask me, I am either with my mathematician husband who can quickly calculate or I am with my super smart brother Joe who thinks I am dumb anyways and would never let me answer a math question because in his words, "I am an idiot".  Joe has a plethora of useless knowledge and knows all type of things.  So does E.  E is excellent at Math and has great reasoning skills.  me, not so much!!!  So you are not alone Megls.  I am the same way!  

  2. I only voted once FYI.

    And would you kindly GET OUT OF MY HEAD. I calculate in exactly the same manner! (Although I do know my multiplication tables, thanks.) :-)

  3. Elizabeth Grove86June 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    i TOTALLY do not understand what you just said or did!!!