Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MATH THE SUBJECT I HATED


I really dont like math. I hate MATH. Eversince when i was in elementary,all of my grades when it comes to math are low. During my high school days,i failed in ALGEBRA,TRIGONOMETRY,GEOMETRY,AND soon. Why do i need to study that kind of math, for as long as you know how to add,subtract multiply and divide.. thats enough. I think that if you dont have capacity level to understand math quickly, you are not idiots at all. Its just happen that i am not smart in numbers and formulas.
Now in college.. To tell you frankly i got almost flat 1 in grades of all subjects except that damn math in advance algebra, i only got 2.4! That is the hendrance for me to become a dean lister. Maam tan told me " in able to become a dean lister you must posses versatility in all subjects espicially math. Math is major subject and you should prioritize it". I also answered "maam i am versatile in all subject espicially in english and so on. It just happens that i am sleepy in time of math and that is not my interest at all.
I love to study, my passion is to study but excluded math! To tell you frankly. I am against in PHYTAGORAS OF SAMOS PHILOSOPHY stated "the ultimate nature of reality is number." How come? Is number can be eaten?Is it edible for me to believe? I really hate phytagoras of samos. I hate numbers! I hate math!
I need to accept that i have to take that subject for me to graduate. No matter how i contradict math, i need to be patient. And i assure you being a contradict in math are not a sign of IDIOCY. Its just happened that my interest is not towards numbers!




The History of Pythagoras and his Theorem
In this section you will learn about the life of Pythagoras and how it is that the theorem is known as the Pythagorean Theorem.
Be aware that there are no good records about the life of Pythagoras, so the exact dates and other issues are not known with certainty. In addition, the names of some of the people as well as the places where Pythagoras lived may have different spellings.
Pythagoras was born in the island of Samos in ancient Greece
1. There is no certainty regarding the exact year when he was born, but it is believed that it was around 570 BC That is about 2,570 years ago! Those were times when a person believed in superstitions and had strong beliefs in gods, spirits, and the mysterious. Religious cults were very popular in those times.
Pythagoras' father's name was Mnesarchus and may have been a Phoenician. His mother's name was Pythais. Mnesarchus made sure that his son would get the best possible education. His first teacher was Pherecydes, and Pythagoras stayed in touch with him until Pherecydes' death. When Pythagoras was about 18 years old he went to the island of Lesbos where he worked and learned from Anaximander, an astronomer and philosopher, and Thales of Miletus, a very wise philosopher and mathematician.
Thales had visited Egypt and recommended that Pythagoras go to Egypt. Pythagoras arrived in Egypt around 547 BC when he was 23 years old. He stayed in Egypt for 21 years learning a variety of things including geometry from Egyptian priests . It was probably in Egypt where he learned the theorem that is now called by his name.
By the time he was about 55 years old he returned to his native land and started a school on the island of Samos. However, because of the lack of students he decided to move to Croton in the south of Italy.
In Croton he started a school which concentrated in the teaching and learning of Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, and Astronomy and their relationship with Religion. It is said that as many as 600 of the worthiest people in the city attended the school, including Theana whom he married when he was 60. The school reached its highest splendor around the year 490 BC. He taught the young to respect their elders and to develop their mind through learning. He emphasized justice based on equality. Calmness and gentleness were principles encouraged at the school. Pythagoreans became known for their close friendships and devotion to each other. More than anyone before him Pythagoras combined the spiritual teachings with the pursuit of knowledge and science.
Pythagoras also headed a cult known as the secret brotherhood that worshiped numbers and numerical relationships. They attempted to find mathematical explanations for music, the gods, the cosmos, etc. Pythagoras believed that all relations could be reduced to number relations.
At some point Pythagoras was exiled from Croton and had to move to Tarentum. After 16 years he had to move again, this time to Metapontus where he lived four years before he died at the age of 99.
Here we have a picture of a statue of Phytagoras in the island of Samos. If you click on the figure you'll be able to see a larger picture. On the bottom of the statue the text is "". The literal translation is "Pythagoras the Samosan", but the preferred translation is "Pythagoras of Samos".

Now let's talk a bit about the theorem that bears his name. The Egyptians knew that a triangle with sides 3, 4, and 5 make a 90o angle. As a matter of fact, they had a rope with 12 evenly spaced knots like this one:
that they used to build perfect corners in their buildings and pyramids. It is believed that they only knew about the 3, 4, 5 triangle and not the general theorem that applies to all right triangles.
The Chinese also knew this theorem. It is attributed to Tschou-Gun who lived in 1100 BC. He knew the characteristics of the right angle. The theorem was also known to the Caldeans and the Babylonians more than a thousand years before Pythagoras. A clay tablet of Babylonian origin was found with the following inscription: "4 is the length and 5 the diagonal. What is the breadth?"
So why is it called the Pythagorean Theorem? Even though the theorem was known long before his time, Pythagoras certainly generalized it and made it popular. It was Pythagoras who is attributed with its first geometrical demonstration. That is why it is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. There are hundreds of purely geometric demonstrations as well as an unlimited (that is right -- an infinite number) of algebraic proofs.
The Pythagorean Theorem is one of the most important theorems in the whole realm of geometry. We will conclude this section by stating the theorem in words:
The square described upon the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares described upon the other two sides.
Another way of saying the same thing is:
When the two shorter sides in a right triangle are squared and then added, the sum equals the square of the longest side or hypotenuse.
You can now move on to the last section and work on some interesting problems.


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