Math essay - Alysse Johnson Math Paper Mathematics and...

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Alysse Johnson Math Paper Mathematics and Literature and Vice Versa Mathematics normally deals with numbers or algebra where letters equal numbers or a combination of letters and numbers. People do not usually mathematics with literature when they are actually both linked and they help enhance each other in so many ways. One way could be the word problems used to ask math questions, the way a problem is worded can get you the same answer or a totally different one. For example if I wanted the mean of a group of numbers opposed to the range, these could be the same answer if all the numbers were the same, but if they are not then I would have two different answers; one being the mean, or average between the numbers which is found by adding all the numbers and dividing by the amount of numbers are present, and two being the range or the numbers, which is the same as the most commonly present number. Another way that math helps with literature is when writing poetry. There are many different patterns that can be used when writing poems and numbers help to keep the process straight and easier to understand poets use numbers to help them understand what should be in which lines to make the poem understandable, have a nice flow, and to communicate the point that is needed to get across in a clear artistic manner. In math, problems are often asked in such a way that they can be confused unless they are understood in the right way depending on the language that is used. There is such a problem like this in our math book on page two hundred forty-five number twelve. “If a snowball melts so that its surface area decreases at a rate of 1 cm 2 /min, find the rate at which the diameter decreases when the diameter is 10 cm.” This problem could be mistaken in two different ways depending on how the reader interprets the language of the problem. One way would be to use just 1 cm 2 /min as the rate of change because that is what’s given in the problem, this would be incorrect because the reader would have disregarded the decreases at a rate of 1 cm 2 /min. . When the decreases by 1 cm 2 /min is brought into account this changes the whole problems answer and makes the sign change to a negative. If the reader cannot identify the language change from a
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2011 for the course MAT 216 taught by Professor Hill during the Spring '11 term at Cardinal Stritch.

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