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 fortyfive 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.
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 Spring '11
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 Math, Algebra, Poetry, Mathematics and Literature

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