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# duncan lawson - 3 Find x x 4 cm He it is re 3 cm A C B D...

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3. Find x 4 cm 3 cm x Here it is
A C B D Which one of these is a mathematician?

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A C B D Which one of these is a mathematician?
What is the Mathematics Problem? An image problem?

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Mathematicians have no friends, except other mathematicians, not married or seeing anyone, usually fat, very unstylish, wrinkles in their forehead from thinking so hard, no social life whatsoever Anonymous 12 year old From Berry et al Oh wad some power the giftie gie us to see oursels as others see us! (Burns)
But this is just an uninformed childish view. Surely mature adults know better.

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No-one can say that mathematicians don’t have a normal sense of humour. Clip courtesy of BBC Worldwide
No-one can say that mathematicians don’t have highly developed social skills. Clip courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures

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Three people go out for lunch. The bill is £30, so each person pays £10. The waiter takes the money to the till and the manager points out that the customers have been overcharged by £5. The waiter takes 5 £1 coins from the till and keeps 2 for himself, giving the other 3 back to the customers. Each person has now paid £10 minus the £1 they got back for the meal i.e. £9 making £27 in total. The waiter has kept £2 making a total of £27 + £2 = £29 - so what happened to the extra £1 from the original £30? In case you get bored
What did they mean by the Mathematics Problem?

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Tackling the Mathematics Problem (1995) Students enrolling on courses making heavy mathematical demands are hampered by a serious lack of essential mathematical facility Measuring the Mathematics Problem (2000) The past decade has seen a serious decline in
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## This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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