A blog experiment by Brad Mills.


Doing the math

"I happen to know that in the future I will not have the slightest use for algebra, and I speak from experience."

Peggy Sue Got Married

Here, in order, are the events of the last few days which have revolved around this quote:

  • Helping Katie with some Algebra homework, and watching her try to figure out the proper steps to take when the problem looked slightly different than the ones before.
  • Remembering figuring such things out myself when I was her age.
  • Realizing I'd not needed to use algebra in a very long time.
  • Wondering if she would reach a point in her math classes where I would no longer be able to help her, something which happened to me when I was in school.
  • The next day at work, discussing this event with a coworker, who quipped that it sounded a lot like the line from Peggy Sue Got Married.
  • Today, being asked by another coworker if I knew how to find the lengths of sides on a triangle if the angles were known.
  • Realizing that, once upon a time, I did indeed have this knowledge... but apparently no longer do without aid from the Great Google.
  • Deciding it wouldn't be long at all until Katie's math classes surpass my fading memory.
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