I hated those books too. In fact so much, I gave them both a review: “0/10. Will NEVER read again. And will suggest otherwise if anyone asks for recommendations.”

I once had a test of my maths skills for a course I was taking, it came back with poor results, and I joked to the tutor I could’ve told them that without having to do the test

Got a BS in Math in college. Later in life i figured out that God had designed all of us with math skills in our head. No, that doesn’t mean we can do the problems. But, we do use it everyday. Every time you drive a car you use trigimonetry, calculus, queueing theory and linear programming. It’s pretty pretty cool.

While I graduated from high school over half a century ago, I have to say that to this day I have never had to calculate the height of a flagpole from the length of its shadow. I’m sure it is a useful skill to have, but it doesn’t get the milking done.

I’ve been out of high school over twenty years. In that time, I’ve yet to use the “valuable skill you’ll use all the time in life” that is algebra. I haveregularly used the math course I took as an elective in 11th or 12th grade, a consumer math course which taught the mathematical things one actually uses in a non-mathematical career like balancing budgets, writing checks, the sort of thing one actually does use in everyday life outside a more technically/mathematically minded life. I barely use any of the math I was forced to learn beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

I seem to be an outlier here. My short term memory is horrible. Concepts, I grasp well. I was so close to failing low grade school arithmetic that my parents spent two summers pounding tables into my brain with flash cards and such. Then I went to high school and college; I got straight ’A’s in calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and all my science and engineering courses. I had to work at it, of course, but once I understood it, it stayed understood (including changes, as observations changed.)

I shed quite a few tears over Algebra I, too. I had to take it, a requirement, and ended up doing it twice. The first teacher also taught Latin. I think sometimes she got them mixed up. The second teacher, Ms. Lee, would always talk about spanking you where the sun don’t shine. I don’t think she ever did as the district had outlawed capital punishment by that time. But, I well remember her and her anticks. Everybody loved Ms.Lee.

I never liked math when I was in school. I mean, I could do addition, subtraction, and multiplication just fine, but I always struggled with division, fractions, and decimals.

My love for math began early. In my avatar, at 3 years old, I’m helping Dad study for his PE. The original photo is clear enough that you can tell I’m working on Integrals. Yes, using a slide rule.

## arjun.shriv 4 months ago

Jon*Jon*Jon = Jon^3 = 0.

## 305buckets 4 months ago

Back in my days of middle school, Algebra actually wasn’t my toughest class. It was my English class that I dreaded the most.

## codycab 4 months ago

I hated those books too. In fact so much, I gave them both a review: “0/10. Will NEVER read again. And will suggest otherwise if anyone asks for recommendations.”

## BJ40 Premium Member 4 months ago

I’ve always hated and struggled at maths, it was my immortal nemesis.

## willispate 4 months ago

I’m familiar with those books. I managed to make it through High School. true story.

## TEMPLO S.U.D. 4 months ago

gee, what textbook made Jon cry tears of joy? poetry?

## in.amongst 4 months ago

gf(ex) = why^2 + me. Never could deal with it!

## yoey1957 4 months ago

Math and I have not been on speaking terms since the 2nd grade.

## AlondraRachellaLabute 4 months ago

I hated algebra.

## oddhumor 4 months ago

Algebra I didn’t mind. Pre-Calc on the other hand…

## arjun.shriv 4 months ago

We will always have Khan Acadmey

## jasonsnakelover 4 months ago

Geometry isn’t exactly a picnic either, and fortunately I never had to take trigonometry.

## wiatr Premium Member 4 months ago

After 7-8 years of long division, Algebra was fun. Trigonometry was not.

## Sanspareil 4 months ago

Al Gebra was that dude who would sell you used cars!

When you couldn’t make the payments he would send his brother Vinnie to fit you for concrete galoshes!

## edmund_graham 4 months ago

I once had a test of my maths skills for a course I was taking, it came back with poor results, and I joked to the tutor I could’ve told them that without having to do the test

## akb02 4 months ago

Miss Jackson, Miss Jackson, Miss Jackson, are you nasty?

## jagedlo 4 months ago

One of those sequels that was just like the first one, huh, Garfield?

## Purple People Eater 4 months ago

Math was the only required subject I actually enjoyed in high school.

## FreyjaRN Premium Member 4 months ago

I took calculus for fun. I’m weird.

## lnpdavid74 Premium Member 4 months ago

Got a BS in Math in college. Later in life i figured out that God had designed all of us with math skills in our head. No, that doesn’t mean we can do the problems. But, we do use it everyday. Every time you drive a car you use trigimonetry, calculus, queueing theory and linear programming. It’s pretty pretty cool.

## Prey 4 months ago

Algebra, it´s as easy as A B C X.

## Gandalf 4 months ago

I enjoyed Algebra 2.

## geese28 4 months ago

The true waterworks is found in calculus

## Bookworm 4 months ago

While I graduated from high school over half a century ago, I have to say that to this day I have never had to calculate the height of a flagpole from the length of its shadow. I’m sure it is a useful skill to have, but it doesn’t get the milking done.

## russellmkar 4 months ago

It all depend on the teacher, some are good, some, not so good.

## spaceagesoul 4 months ago

I’ve been out of high school over twenty years. In that time, I’ve yet to use the “valuable skill you’ll use all the time in life” that is algebra. I

haveregularlyused the math course I tookas an electivein 11th or 12th grade, a consumer math course which taught the mathematical things one actually uses in a non-mathematical career like balancing budgets, writing checks, the sort of thing one actually does use in everyday life outside a more technically/mathematically minded life. I barely use any of the math I was forced to learn beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.## Watchdog 4 months ago

Four years Algebra (HS and College) never in 70+ years afterward did I once use Algebra. Trig and geometry yes.

## Random Nick Premium Member 4 months ago

I seem to be an outlier here. My short term memory is horrible. Concepts, I grasp well. I was so close to failing low grade school arithmetic that my parents spent two summers pounding tables into my brain with flash cards and such. Then I went to high school and college; I got straight ’A’s in calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and all my science and engineering courses. I had to work at it, of course, but once I understood it, it stayed understood (including changes, as observations changed.)

## preacherman 4 months ago

I shed quite a few tears over Algebra I, too. I had to take it, a requirement, and ended up doing it twice. The first teacher also taught Latin. I think sometimes she got them mixed up. The second teacher, Ms. Lee, would always talk about spanking you where the sun don’t shine. I don’t think she ever did as the district had outlawed capital punishment by that time. But, I well remember her and her anticks. Everybody loved Ms.Lee.

## Tentoes 4 months ago

Is not Algebra a terrorist organization?

## Anibal 4 months ago

oof

## blakerl 4 months ago

Janet Jackson as Jon’s Math teacher? No my first name ain’t baby It’s Janet Miss Jackson if you’re nasty She always liked them nasty boy’s.

Hey!

Who’s that thinkin’ nasty thoughts? (Nasty boys!)

Who’s that in that nasty car? (Nasty boys!)

Who’s that eating that nasty food? (Nasty boys!)

Who’s jamming to my nasty groove? (Nasty boys!)

Ladies!

Nasty boys

Don’t mean a thing

Oh, you nasty boys

## Goat from PBS 4 months ago

Algebra I did not like. Geometry was fun, but don’t tell Jon about Calculus. That will bring him to tears, also.

## fesalazarsoto 4 months ago

In Latin America, we’ve got Baldor’s Algebra.

## CaveCat87 4 months ago

I never liked math when I was in school. I mean, I could do addition, subtraction, and multiplication just fine, but I always struggled with division, fractions, and decimals.

## cactusbob333 4 months ago

Math would be great if it wasn’t for all those crappy numbers it uses.

## WentHulk 4 months ago

I hate math too.

## karmakat01 4 months ago

more MIGRAINE INDUCED BOOKS to me…

## craig kisro 4 months ago

One semester of Algebra 1. Then to Algebra S1, 2, 3. Once I got the concepts down it wasn’t that hard. Used it all my life since then.

## Walter Kocker Premium Member 4 months ago

My Little Mermaid wears an Algebra.

## Lola85 Premium Member 4 months ago

I shed quite a few tears over algebra, too.

## l3i7l 4 months ago

My love for math began early. In my avatar, at 3 years old, I’m helping Dad study for his PE. The original photo is clear enough that you can tell I’m working on Integrals. Yes, using a slide rule.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

## pchemcat 4 months ago

I love algebra. I love geometry, trig and calculus also.

## cosman 4 months ago

when i’m looking down on the billiard table, Ms.Steinhouser’s geometry class comes to mind..

## eddi_tbh 4 months ago

I hear ya, Jon.

## Johnny Appleseed 4 months ago

That book isn’t that bad

## Sailor46 USN 65-95 4 months ago

Then came calculus, a tragedy of epic proportions.

## DebUSNRet 4 months ago

Loved algebra I & II