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For Those Not So
Mathematically Inclined**

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Alisha Morgan*

**I'm not a
mathematician that's for sure. Basic math --
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
-- that I can do. It's the hard stuff, the algebra
I, algebra II and geometry, that I have issues
with. There are
so many formulas to remember, so many ways a
seemingly simple problem can be solved.**

Easily confusing me, I get combinations and
permutations mixed up. Expansion of third-order
determinants are
just as easy as walking on water. And don't get me
started on double-angle and half-angle problems!

It doesn't matter if I'm looking at fractions,
decimals, integers, or positive whole numbers --
numbers just
bore me to death. It is my lackluster outlook on
math that's caused me to fail quiz and test after
quiz and test.

Try as I may, and believe that I've tried, I cannot
find polynomials or quadratic functions exciting.
Instead,
I'm stuck trying to remember what the quadratic
formula is; hoping that I'm not getting it confused
with
another math formula.

Often I find myself wondering when graphing
quadratic inequalities are going to show up in my
future. I
probably shouldn't get too far ahead of myself,
though. I have a feeling that I'll be revisiting my
numerical enemies in Adult Education this summer.
If not then, then we will be reacquainted in a
college
remedial math course.

When will I be able to escape this mathematical
hell that I'm in?

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