Thursday, May 30, 2013

MC2 Post 1605 Symbol Sense -- Making Sense of Symbols in Mathematics

Some math puzzles are easy, and some Not so muchWhy?

PDF page regarding Clausius-Clapeyron relation

I came across this pdf on my Nexus 7 tablet last night and asked:  "Why are mathematic equations so "hard" to decipher?

If I only knew what those symbols meant, I could get a better understanding of this equation, and hopefully, other equations like it.

That's me, always look First for an easy answer. 

Well, that didn't work.

I put that aside and picked up my copy of  H. G. Wells: 
"The Outline of History" volume one.


I've been reading (listening audible book) Snow Crash by  Neal Stephenson, where he dips into (among a lot of other things) into 
Sumerian myth and the Tower of Babel story 
in the bible.  So I went looking to see 
what Wells had to say about Sumerians.

Instead, I landed on Well's chapter XII: The Languages of Mankind, and especially the part about why the Chinese Language is so basically different. 

So symbolic-like.  My reading.

Maybe I needed a better understanding of Symbols, beyond mathematics.

Well let me see what I can find out about mathematical symbols.

Like the saying goes:  Seek and you shall find.

I came across this great PDF file explanation on:  

The Importance of Symbol Sense in mathematical problem solving.

This will tell you Pretty Quick, whether you have symbol sense or not,

and how to fix it by looking at symbols differently.


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