Why Try MathRoom Lessons?
While I was spending 18 hours a day creating the MathRoom Lessons, a lot of folks asked me why anyone would pay for math lessons when they could get them for free? Good question. It deserves an answer.
Because my cultural background dictates that a question be answered with a question -- and my decades of teaching math have taught me the best method is Socratic -- ask them questions to spark their interest -- here's my response:
When was the last time you laughed out loud while doing math?
One of the chief objectives of The MathRoom and its lessons is to make every user laugh out loud -- or at least grin. Learning is so much easier with a smile on your face. And math is one of those subjects that has caused many more ulcers than smiles. We all remember lines from Seinfeld, Cheers, and other sitcoms because they're funny. Who remembers the quadratic formula or the definition of a null set? Math-heads -- that's who -- no one else.
Here's the difference between a mathematician's description of a "null set" and the MathRoom description. For those of you who don't yet know what a null set is -- it's a set with no elements, a group of things that cannot exist.
The mathematician would say that the set of all integers greater than one but less than one point five describes a null set.
What did he just say? Do you have a picture in your mind from this description? After all, a description is supposed to evoke an image -- isn't it?
What image did you get? Zilch, nada, rien! yes?
Now try this description:
The set of all sparrows weighing more than 60,000 kilograms is (hopefully) a null set.
See the difference? Did you get an image? Will it stay with you for a long time?
Here's another example.
There is an exam-classic question in Calculus about improper integrals. Here's how a mathematician would describe the lovely result of this question.
"The indefinite integral from 2 to infinity of f of x equal to one over x minus one is divergent. However the same indefinite integral of the square of this function, which represents the volume of the solid of revolution generated by revolving the curve about the x-axis, is convergent."
Again, what the heck did he just say????? -- I was doing great until he got to that f of x stuff and then he lost me.
Okay, now try the MathRoom description:
The result of this question describes a paint can, that could never hold enough paint to cover the outside of the can. It has a finite or measurable volume but an infinite or unmeasurable surface area.
Now, do you see a picture? Do you find it interesting? Does it pique your curiosity? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you understand why the MathRoom Lessons are worth having.
Learning math from MathRoom Lessons will be easier and more fun than you ever imagined it could be. Every lesson comes with clear user instructions called "The MathRoom Method". Follow the instructions carefully and you can't help but succeed! It may sound like madness at first, but if you try it -- you'll see it works!
Over the decades, the MathRoom Mathster (aka Tammy the Tutor) has shared gleeful math and silliness with thousands of students. Now she's shootin' for millions via the Internet. Nothing could make her heart happier than to know there's a band of merry math-makers out there passing on the knowledge and the fun. It can be done. She worked it out. It's mathematically feasible.
The human race is a relay race. Each generation must pass the baton to the next with precise operating instructions and care -- and in the case of the MathRoom Lessons -- fun. When you learn math from these lessons, you can be sure you'll not only get good at math, you'll have a good time doing it.