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02 May 2016, 9:46 am

Anyone else here extraordinary at mental maths? :)



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02 May 2016, 12:08 pm

I am very good with algebra and geometry and I'm pretty sure that the speed at which I do mental calculations is above average but I am no savant, I just exploit my very good visualization skills. If you give me a problem that I don't know how to solve then I can often deduce how to do it, I have deduced many equations before and it's not uncommon for me to learn a week's worth of math lessons in a few minutes.

I'm good at math, but nothing too extraordinary.


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02 May 2016, 2:19 pm

Mathematics has always been my strength - especially geometry. Its a big part of why I became an electrical engineer.


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02 May 2016, 3:37 pm

Math has always come easy to me.

Sadly it's been a b'zillion years since I took geometry and algebra and would have to be refreshed on them but I remember them being easy once I understood them.

I am above average with numbers but I wouldn't say I was extraordinary though. :)


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03 May 2016, 12:14 pm

I have always been good at mental math. People are always amazed by how good I am at mental math.



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03 May 2016, 12:38 pm

ladyelaine wrote:
I have always been good at mental math. People are always amazed by how good I am at mental math.

Awesome! I've found someone similar to me!



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03 May 2016, 12:47 pm

I was sent to a satellite public high school half days, because it offered AP classes my rural high school did not... but
only served as an auxiliary school [you couldn't get a diploma there, your credits transferred to your "home" school].

I ended up getting kicked out of math [the whole subject, for the duration of school] for receiving a C- grade in Algebra II.

The satellite school had a probationary grade policy that treated C's as failing grades, and due to the "exclusive" acceptance criteria, they barred students whose grades were unsatisfactory.

Funny thing was, I got that grade because I couldn't figure out how to show "my" work in the way they wanted
A lot of people copied test answers off me, then tried to pass me corrections on my work.

I'd had that problem in every math class, but this was where my mental math really started deviating from "standard"...

School made me hate math.
After trying and failing to provide the "right" work (and arguing all the way to the principal that I was showing "my" work and the instructions were not to show someone else's work) I spent the last half of the semester writing down the answers with no work.
I was getting the same grade anyway.

Turned me completely off to something I loved.

Edit - meant to add:
The truly ironic thing turned up a few years ago (about 10 years out of high school for me) when I heard people complaining about "Common Core" math being taught in schools and how they were having trouble helping their kids with homework.
I looked it up, and realized - Common Core is at least part of what I was doing naturally. And failed out of math for.



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03 May 2016, 1:26 pm

Being able to do extreme mental maths is awesome :D



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04 May 2016, 3:10 pm

Anyone else?



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04 May 2016, 3:17 pm

I can't classify myself as "extraordinary" but I am able to identify patterns in numbers and this allows me to calculate certain sums faster than some. However, my mathematical abilities are rather average in most other areas.


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04 May 2016, 6:34 pm

[ I was first in my school in math.
I don't know bout state though I got three answers wrong. I'm okay I can do anything up to double digit divison or multiplication but not like that, though.


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04 May 2016, 6:40 pm

I have to close my eyes and shrug my shoulders, as if to plug my ears with them. I probably look like a childish savant. Then, blurt it out stupidly, as though it's a guess.

There is no technique, rhyme, or reason. My best explanation is that it's subconscious.



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04 May 2016, 6:43 pm

When I watch the Brainetics commercial, where the kids mind their posture and look on, attentively, I don't think I could do that.



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05 May 2016, 12:28 pm

friedmacguffins wrote:
I have to close my eyes and shrug my shoulders, as if to plug my ears with them. I probably look like a childish savant. Then, blurt it out stupidly, as though it's a guess.

There is no technique, rhyme, or reason. My best explanation is that it's subconscious.

Nice :)



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08 May 2016, 12:07 pm

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