Mathematics Autobiography

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I consider mathematics as a very important tool in life. My first real memories with mathematics began in my elementary years. I use to bring home assignments of several pages in order to master the basic arithmetic principles. I would go over my textbook answering several pages that included addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. What a truly memorable experiences they were and still was very rewarding especially when I got the correct answers. Other than that, I could compete with my classmates in how fast we can solve the problems.

From my elementary years, mathematics became more demanding when I became a high school student. It was quite a transition period as much as I can recall. Mathematics that was taught to us became more complex and was somehow much more difficult than what I was doing in primary school. High school math was presented as something straight forward.

Our teachers during that time presented examples in class and gave the homework without further explanation. I knew I had to work hard and concentrate in order to get decent grades. The problems involved a lot of time and analyzing equations. It was both difficult but fun. When I got the chance to adopt on the new concepts, I easily adjusted and was happy to get decent grades.

For me, Geometry seemed to be the most difficult at that time. It involved a lot of consideration with the principles of Pythagoras. Ever since then, I came to appreciate the importance of its relationship with regards other subject areas and its corresponding practical applications. I felt comfortable when Algebra was the focus of attention in class. I felt that I was able to absorb the lessons quite well and more easily than my class mates. I took this opportunity to...