I was helping Bae with some basic algebra homework recently. She has always been very good at math, but the work has become more challenging as she has progressed to higher grade levels. I decided to start with a very simple formula to gauge her understanding of the concept.
“Honey, algebra is simply substituting numbers with letters in math problems. The letters remain the same even though, the numbers may change,” I explained.
“For example: If A=B and B=C, then A must equal C.”
Her eyes began to light up with understanding. So she then made her own equation.
”If my brother (A) is a boy and boys (B) are weird (C), then it stands to reason that her brother (A) is weird (C)!”, she deduced.
She’s a quick student. She learned that day that math is a very powerful tool when expressing indisputable logic.