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Getting worse at mental arithmetic

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  1. Mar 2, 2015 #1
    Hello I have a question reguarding human calculation. I'm in high school and I have been called a "math whiz" when it comes to subjects like algebra or calculus. But my school has kids using calculators so much that I havent been using my head much for calculations. Because of this, I feel like an idiot every time I do arithmetic in my head. I was practically a math prodigy when I was little but now I feel like a fool. I was thinking about reading the book "Secrets of Mental Math" by Arthur Benjamin, but i felt like that would be cheating or something.
    P.S. I don't even remember multiplication or division on paper!
     
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  3. Mar 2, 2015 #2

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    That's a fun book. Not cheating at all, just some clever methods. (That require practice.)

    I put "mental arithmetic" in a completely different category from algebra and calculus. Good clean fun.
     
  4. Mar 2, 2015 #3
    Okay, looks like I will be adding that book to my shelf then. Thank you.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2015 #4

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    Arthur Benjamin: Lightning calculation and other "Mathemagic"
     
  6. Mar 2, 2015 #5
    Wow.
     
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