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Belief 6: (Tools) You don’t need math to understand, only to use.

Seven core beliefs define the worldview that this platform is created on:
Belief 1: SimplicityBelief 2: AbilityBelief 3: GoalBelief 4: Content
Belief 5: ApproachBelief 6: ToolsBelief 7: Description


The sixth belief of this platform concerns the tools, or more precisely the math needed:

You don’t need math to understand, only to use.

You may disagree – isn’t math a discipline like any other? No. And hear me out…

Math is your hammer, saw and screw driver. Many people may have had a school experience of learning about the hammer without ever really using it. That removed all motivation, sense of purpose and understanding of why it was learned.

In this platform, no math is used if not needed. And math is only introduced when chronologically sensible. The order of mathematical topics can thus feel a bit odd – i.e. multiplication and powers come before addition.

Of this reason, not all math that exists is covered. We want to learn about the world, not about the manmade invention of mathematics. We sometimes need the hammer – elsewhere we couldn’t care less. This doesn’t mean that mathematics is not an inconceivably useful tool – it certainly is – it just means that our courses focus on a technical path and add the necessary math when needed, rather than to teach you all math separately.

Scientific fields arranged (satirically) by purity by Randall Munroe at xkcd.com[1]

Most math lessons (math skills) can be skipped without loss of continuity. But we do recommend you to follow the structures that are set up for each skill and carry through the math skills if you are not familiar with them already.

Note that simplifying the mathematics during technical teaching does not reduce the value of the taught technical skills. On the contrary, it may instead increase the depth of technical understanding. Mathematics can now and then give large and confusing paths to a solution – by always keeping the technical understanding separated from the mathematical method, such clogging and confusion is easier to accept as a glitch with the tool rather than with the understanding.


References:

  1. xkcd: Purity’ (web page), Randall Munroe, xkcd.com, www.xkcd.com/435 (accessed Apr. 24th, 2019)

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