“I suppose you are two fathoms deep in mathematics, and if you are, then God help you. For so am I, only with this difference: I stick fast in the mud at the bottom, and there I shall remain.”
— Charles Darwin
quoted in the Platonic Realms collection
What is it about math that leaves you feeling two fathoms deep and floundering? I’m preparing to teach four math workshops at the Peoria homeschooling convention next month, and I have several topics to discuss that I consider math monsters, based on my own teaching experience and on questions people have asked in earlier workshops. I’d love to have another point of view, however, or several of them.
What math concepts do you and your students have trouble understanding? Please share!