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October 10 was one of my favorite dates of the year 2014. I was invited to my own Alma Mater: The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan to give a workshop on mathematics motivation. This was my first workshop and a very special one indeed. I got the chance to go back to the Raina Auditorium.
Never have I felt so many emotions together: nervousness, excitement, nostalgia, happiness, anxiety and that weird funny thing in the stomach.
I had prepared a power point presentation with really cool sides and lot of fun references like Big Bang theory, Bart Simpson, Video Games, Crime shows etc to make it interactive.
Mathematics is definitely a beautiful subject but you don’t hear that from much people, why?
Because people are afraid of mathematics!
This was the main question which had to be addressed. And I did. I made them go back to their junior classes when math was not that bad. So when and more importantly, how it became so scary? There was a reason. I will write about that in full detail in another blog soon.
A large number of students are very afraid of mathematics. So my main challenge was to make them listen to me and the best way to do that was to make them laugh.
I definitely had tried to keep my workshop an interactive one, lot of questions, lot of experiences shared but I made sure I could make them laugh in between because that was when they realized that I have been one of them. I probably still I am.
In the end, the workshop went well, they enjoyed a lot and so did I. I am yet to learn more, but this was one of the best opportunities till now in my life and I have to thank my very own mathematics teacher Mahajan Ma’am for giving me that. There are some people in my life that made me fall in love with this subject. She is definitely one of those.
I will write about the main content of the workshop soon in the next blog soon. 🙂
That is it from me.
What an amazingly beautiful subject it is and it keeps getting more beautiful when you get the chance to explore it deeply.
I have just completed my bachelors with honors in mathematics. Like any average student, I was not the biggest fan of working with a few topics but on the whole I have enjoyed these 3 years. And mind it, that enjoyment is not related to the grades, exams or tests; it is related to the time I have spent with this subject.
Mathematics is neither about earning degrees in it nor scoring a cent percent all the time. For me it was never about the fear, instead it was about that moment- that extraordinary moment which one experiences after understanding a theorem, getting the hang of group theory after endless attempts, proving the existence of a limit and understanding the story of epsilon-delta, solving a challenging differential equation, studying the friendly calculus and be amazed at the amount of real life applications this subject has (I loved the modeling course we had in our 2nd year).
Anyway, I am writing this as an introductory blog. I will write about some good interesting applications of mathematics from my next blog but here I am just going to sing about how much I love this subject!
“What science can there be more noble, more excellent, more useful for men (women as well!!), more admirably high and demonstrative, than this of mathematics?”
— Benjamin Franklin
Satyavachan! I have argued with so many people on this! A lot of people (including some of my close friends) think there is no application of mathematics. Well people:
“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.
Mathematics is everywhere! It is in the things you see around you, thing you can touch, thing you cannot touch, emotions you feel ; Love, hate, happiness.
Almost every human has a tendency to optimize. Usually we always take the step/action which gives us the maximum happiness or maximum satisfaction. We optimize every moment of our life and we should! We should always make the best possible decisions to make ourselves happy because:
I love Audrey Hepburn and I love mathematics. I love quotes (so I will put loads of them in my blogs, ignore them if you feel they are too blah :-P)
Anyway time to sign out!
So keep your lips curved upward concaved!