Do you like math? I love math! I’m a long time math nerd and proud of it. I grew up watching a math TV show for kids, Square One TV – and it really got me into all things mathematical. I studied quite a bit of math in college, and while I don’t use it for Blogthings much (aside from the business part of things), I am glad I took it. Mathematical literacy is useful for all sorts of things – from halving recipes to managing finances.

People often ask me why I don’t have more math and science quizzes on Blogthings! I want to have more of these quizzes, but I want them to be accessible to everyone. We are all at different levels for math and science, and some of us (like me) have forgotten quite a bit from our school days. So whenever I can make a math or science quiz that everyone can take, I go for it!

Of course, something we call can do with math is basic arithmetic. And I think it’s interesting to imagine what it means to be an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division person. So I decided to write a quiz exploring it… What Mathematical Operator Are You? Let me know what you get, and what you think of math in general. Do you like math? Or are you math adverse?

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

- What do you get on What Mathematical Operator Are You? Is it true for you?
- Did you like math when you were growing up? Was there a point where it got more boring or more exciting for you?
- When do you still use math in your everyday life or job? Are you surprised by how much or how little you use it?
- How rusty are your math skills? Take Could You Pass 8th Grade Math? to find out.

## 12 replies on “New Quiz: What Mathematical Operator Are You?”

Yay, a math quiz!

1. I got “Addition.” I’d say, for the most part, it’s true. Except, I’m a huge worrywart. 😉

2. I have love-hate relationship with Math. I didn’t really start enjoying it until I was in college and had a proper teacher. For some reason, I kept taking more math classes… until somehow I earned a degree in Mathematics. It’s a bit masochistic, I think. XD

3. I use basic math skills all the time. Estimating cost with sales tax, figuring out tips, etc… I also like to play this game where I try to beat the cash register at calculating my change. lol

Sometimes, I do math just for fun. For instance, I went for a run using one of those iPhone running apps. The app shows the supposed distance and elevation for your run. So, I used the information to calculate the steepness (grade) of one of the more torturous hills I traverse. 😛

I want to teach after I get my graduate degree, so I’m sure that I’ll use it much more in the future than I do now. Though, I can’t imagine that I’ll explicitly use even half of the stuff I’ve learned.

4. I got a 10/10, but I’m still rusty on A LOT of math stuff. Everything I learned before the summer is fading away! -.-

I love your story of not liking math and then turning it around to have a degree in it. Really cool and inspiring! 🙂

1. Addition. “You know that you can’t change your life in a day… change takes time”. Yup, I believe in this. 🙂

2. Well, I never really liked Math. I actually tend to be slow in doing the problem solving/computations but I just wanted my answers to be correct (and well, they were correct!). Surprisingly I got good grades in Math. It became exciting for me when I tutored high school kids Algebra and Geometry subjects for their college entrance exam.

3. I do not use so much Math these days…except the basic ones.

4. Umm…can I not take this test? Gives me the headaches haha! 😀

That’s very cool that even though you didn’t like math you enjoyed tutoring others in it. It’s interesting how we can come to enjoy a subject that way 🙂

Hi Kari! Thanks for your reply. Actually I was not supposed to tutor those kids Math (I assigned myself in English and Science subjects). However, there was a time that the Math tutor got sick and among us, tutors, I only had the guts to take charge over the class…and since then, the Math tutor gave me the Geometry and Algebra topics (he was left with Stats and Calculus). I was happy to be engaged with Math that time especially when the students would reply “ooohhhh” and “aaaahhhh” when I discuss a problem they couldn’t answer. It was a very satisfying experience to have taught those kids the beauty of Math (and not being afraid of it). 🙂

That’s so great! I love when you can see someone have the lightbulb go off 😉

1. You Are Addition. I try to be easygoing and patient

2. I absolutely HATED math growing up. It was my worst subject and really struggled with it. I had to take the Math TAKS (you’re from Texas so you probably know what that is haha) three times before I passed!

3. Using cash register at work, and sometimes the games I play have math puzzles to solve (evil!). Maybe a little..

4. 8/10 correct??? Wow, there was a lot of guessing going on haha!

I’m so old they didn’t have standardized tests that everyone had to pass… at least in Colorado where I grew up. Ah, the good old days 🙂

I got Multiplication. I was not good at nor did I like Math in school. I still do not have much confidence performing in it. I do have much more appreciation for it now where it concerns Art and Science. And I got 9 of 10 right for 8th grade math. That’s disappointing. Wish I knew what I got wrong.

9/10 is really good! I get that or less quite often, and I wrote the darn quiz! We’re hoping to program in showing wrong answers one day 🙂

1. You Are Addition (I don’t really focus on the big picture and I’m indecisive)

2. Meh

3. Don’t use it much but I use the calculator on the computer from time to time

4. Don’t know don’t care

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you aren’t a big math fan… 😉