What is math? A question that at first seems to produce an automatic answer. We first think that it is the act of counting numbers and we assume anything involving numbers is math. But the truth is, math is much more than numbers. It's easy for one to be taught that 2+2=4, but it isn't as easy to see why it's 4. And that's why I think math becomes frustrating for people.

While I know counting and being able to do algebraic operations in math is extremely important, I think that the logic and reasoning behind the math plays an equally important role. It is the underlying element in all things. Without even realizing it we use math in everything we do. When we cook, when we go to work, even when we're driving. Since math can be and is so complex, I think that is why it plays such an important role in peoples; everyday life.

What I am finding as I continue on into my academic career is the possibilities mathematics creates for people. Growing up I always thought the only careers in mathematics was teaching or banking, but I have learned there are just as many career opportunities as there are proofs in math. And I have also found that really studying math teaches one to question why things are and not just take them at face value. For the most part, up until I entered college, I was always told how to solve math problems and I was given the formulas and "steps", but I was not encouraged to explore further. And at times the fact that I went through 14 years of schooling (Preschool-12) hindered me from being successful in classes that were essentially centered around reasoning and logic.

I think after taking multiple math education classes and Euclidean Geometry is when I finally saw just how much can come out of using previous knowledge to both question and deduce mathematical reasoning. It really blew my mind how one man could stump so many people for so long. I mean he an entire subset of math was created behind this man! It always amazes me how much can be built from math just by questioning and drawing from previous knowledge. Math is essentially as complicated, complex, and mind blowing as it gets!

While I know counting and being able to do algebraic operations in math is extremely important, I think that the logic and reasoning behind the math plays an equally important role. It is the underlying element in all things. Without even realizing it we use math in everything we do. When we cook, when we go to work, even when we're driving. Since math can be and is so complex, I think that is why it plays such an important role in peoples; everyday life.

What I am finding as I continue on into my academic career is the possibilities mathematics creates for people. Growing up I always thought the only careers in mathematics was teaching or banking, but I have learned there are just as many career opportunities as there are proofs in math. And I have also found that really studying math teaches one to question why things are and not just take them at face value. For the most part, up until I entered college, I was always told how to solve math problems and I was given the formulas and "steps", but I was not encouraged to explore further. And at times the fact that I went through 14 years of schooling (Preschool-12) hindered me from being successful in classes that were essentially centered around reasoning and logic.

I think after taking multiple math education classes and Euclidean Geometry is when I finally saw just how much can come out of using previous knowledge to both question and deduce mathematical reasoning. It really blew my mind how one man could stump so many people for so long. I mean he an entire subset of math was created behind this man! It always amazes me how much can be built from math just by questioning and drawing from previous knowledge. Math is essentially as complicated, complex, and mind blowing as it gets!