Welcome to Seminar Two

Percentages (MTH108)

Weekly Content - Percentages

Percentages will be our primary topic this week. In terms of people's daily lives, this is one of the most practical concepts that we'll be covering. Percentages appear in a wide variety of places including sales tax, grades and commissions. Be sure to take a look at the additional resources I've posted in the Course Discussion forum. That post includes links to a variety of videos and written material that I think you'll find helpful.

Weekly Motivation

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.[1]
-- John von Neumann

von Neumann's comment will be one of our topics in the discussion board this week. I think his approach sums up the way many people feel toward mathematics but it also points us toward an approach that you can use to improve your performance. They key to "getting used to" something is experience with it. The best thing you can do for yourself in a technical course like this one is working lots of problems. You should also be sure to ask questions when you come across problems you don't understand. I added the "What's Puzzling Me Thread" in the discussion board to give everyone a place to post those questions.

[1] Reply to Felix T. Smith who had said "I'm afraid I don't understand the method of characteristics." —as quoted in The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (1984) by Gary Zukav footnote in page 208.