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When I was younger, before I realized I really like science, math was my FAVORITE subject. The reason I liked math was simple, it was EASY. 1 + 1 always equals 2.

Well, you say, of course it is easy. What about x2 + 5x – 2x = 10? OK, that may not be that easy to solve right away, but my point is that the correct answer to a math problem can ALWAYS be proven. There can be no doubt as to whether your answer is correct or not.

Compare math to an English essay; which is open to interpretation. Two people could write an English paper on the same subject, both free of spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors, but still get totally different grades.

Where does science fit in?

So, how does math RELATE to science? Math is the language of science. Math lets scientists like you express ideas to others in a way that is easy to understand. For example, consider the following conversation.

Rachael: Dude, you should have seen how fast I raced my bicycle down the hill yesterday.
Johnny: How fast did you go?
Rachael: VERY FAST!
Johnny: Does that mean you were going faster than a train, or were you going faster than a turtle.
Rachael: Very funny. I was going 25 miles per hour.
Johnny: Wow, that is pretty fast for a bike.

Johnny was teasing Rachael about how fast she said she rode her bike. But, when Rachael gave Johnny the specific speed that she was traveling, he was really IMPRESSED. Yeah, this is a very simple example, but I hope it makes my point.

Side story.

When I was a science teacher, I made the mistake of telling my students that it is not matter how they behaved in my class; if they knew the answers to the questions on theirs quizzes and exams, they would still get good grades. I could not give Anna’s answer more points than Paul’s answer if they were the correct answer. As you can imagine, there were a few students who took that as a challenge and gave me a really hard time but still got GOOD grades.

Summary

All school subjects are important but MATH and SCIENCE are the ones that REQUIRE the LEAST amount of WORK. Once you learn how to solve a math problem or answer a science question, you do not have to worry about different ways of answering those math or science questions like you would for an English class. 

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