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  1. Profile photo of sertrbl
    sertrbl Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 12:36 am
    Link: New Math - My head hurts.
  2. Profile photo of Scorpion4eva
    Scorpion4eva Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:10 am
    ...wth...
  3. Profile photo of shaun37
    shaun37 Male 13-17
    10 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 2:10 am
    AHH, the horror.
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    silly_a1804 Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:11 am
    my head hurts. my way is better
  5. Profile photo of LaChica
    LaChica Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:13 am
    I`ll stick to base 10 xD
    But I would like to learn the concept of base 8...
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:13 am
    Nothing about this is new to me except the base 8 crap which is really too advanced for kids anyway.
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    glenbrooke Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:14 am
    yay i love doing different bases! hex is my favorito!
  8. Profile photo of LBlues
    LBlues Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:18 am
    Is this Arlo Guthrie?
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    kinzey471 Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:25 am
    The concept of base 8 is that anything that in base 10 equals ten is 8, if you have 11 in base 10 youll have one group of 8 for the group of ten and then the 1 left over
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    FatAnorexic Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:26 am
    The first part I got, but the base eight gave you a different answer. Me thinks he skipped a step.
  11. Profile photo of LBlues
    LBlues Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:27 am
    Oh, I later read on it wasnt. Sounds like him though.
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    Ianislevi Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:35 am
    What the hell is this base 8 crap?
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    FatAnorexic Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:36 am
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me BECOMES..... The posts and the rocks of the boneses mine the conclusion that my
    temporary never they express not storcono, WHICH BECOMES..... The trees of the trowel of the beginning and the cliff that the
    boneses extract the summary that my provisory he storcono never
    expressed.

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    FatAnorexic Female 18-29
    118 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 2:37 am
    Opps, wrong tab, meant to post that in the Babelfish one.
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    X6xKoRnx7X Female 18-29
    111 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 2:37 am
    im confused
  16. Profile photo of PontaFanta
    PontaFanta Female 13-17
    230 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 2:41 am
    sad!
  17. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:46 am
    lol, now do it in base 7! now do it in base 7.76!, now in base e(ln(pi^log77))... hahahaaaa!
  18. Profile photo of VictoryRider
    VictoryRider Male 40-49
    1461 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 2:52 am
    On 9/29/2007 2:18:39 AM LBlues wrote: Is this Arlo Guthrie?

    No, it doesn`t even sound like Arlo. It gives the guys name twice in the video.

  19. Profile photo of R_U_Kidding
    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 3:15 am
    Uh....me like cake.
  20. Profile photo of Ant0n
    Ant0n Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 4:00 am
    so which base do we use to solve 2+2 nowadays?
  21. Profile photo of TJAW
    TJAW Male 13-17
    610 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 4:01 am
    Base 8? I`ll stick to the calulator...
  22. Profile photo of ToxicPunk
    ToxicPunk Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 4:47 am
    You may not care but his name in german is `Tom Teacher`
  23. Profile photo of 110691
    110691 Female 13-17
    47 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 4:59 am
    =s compleatly confused now!
  24. Profile photo of PianoMan21
    PianoMan21 Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 5:42 am
    Tom Lehrer is amazing.
  25. Profile photo of BroadwayLove
    BroadwayLove Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 5:55 am
    to understand different bases:

    base ten means that every time that you move over a number (like lets take 123) the number that is ACTUALLY multiplied by ten each time. so rather than writing 123 1`s we say we have 1 hundred two tens and 3 extras.

    ____ ____ ____
    10^2 10^1 1

    now that is base ten

    In base eight, instead of going by tens you go by eights. Below I will count to eleven

    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10(8) 11(9) 12(10) 13(11)

    to write 123 in base 8 we will need more spaces

    ________ _______ ______ ____
    8^3(512) 8^2(64) 8^1(8) 8

    we don`t need anything in the 512 slot. but we put something in the 64 slot because 64 is less than 123. We get
    1 ___ ____

    123-64=59

    8 goes into 59 7 times with a remainder of 3. So your answer is

    173.

    I hope I have helped you to understand.

  26. Profile photo of extreamh
    extreamh Female 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:10 am
    broadwaylove?are you ok?
  27. Profile photo of simcon
    simcon Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:13 am
    thanks BroadwayLove i sort of get it now. I know base 2 from computing class (binary) and learnt how to do the differnet bases but forgot. Thanks for the reminder.
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    sunnysongbrd Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:16 am
    Eh, I don`t really care about the other bases...

    But yeah, you can definitely hear the Arlo Guthrie STYLE in this :-)

    It made me giggle.

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    modernbenoni Male 70 & Over
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:22 am
    Ok, who cares HOW you figure it out, only matters that the answer is right...
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    Fubeca97 Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:26 am
    There are 10 types of people in the world, those that know binary and those that don`t. :)
  31. Profile photo of soffee
    soffee Female 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:28 am
    why base 8. i understand. but WHY???
  32. Profile photo of scooterboo2
    scooterboo2 Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:31 am
    For thoughs of you with no clue, base 10 goes:
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (ten numbers see?)
    base 8:
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 20)
  33. Profile photo of lmaonaise
    lmaonaise Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:02 am
    i hate maths. but im in the top group. i hate it. O.o
  34. Profile photo of nikkia
    nikkia Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:14 am
    Oh...my...God... It`s so simple! Can`t believe most of you can`t do it! It`s just sung really quickly, so it seems complicated. In my country, 12teen-year-olds could do it. That`s the way our educational system is. And fractions - children learn that in 3rd grade (10-year-olds).
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    pui Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:59 am
    I <3 that guy!
  36. Profile photo of pui
    pui Female 18-29
    3575 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 8:00 am
    ... even tho I hate math D:
  37. Profile photo of Jaiantopanda
    Jaiantopanda Female 18-29
    76 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 8:29 am
    wth do you need to learn how to do it in base 8? keep it simple!
  38. Profile photo of Declan191919
    Declan191919 Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 8:40 am
    In 20 years there will be anougher song and that figur 8 will be the simple way. :-/
  39. Profile photo of bccseahawkz
    bccseahawkz Male 13-17
    204 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 8:42 am
    umm....WHAT?!?!?
  40. Profile photo of Lupine
    Lupine Female 13-17
    455 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 9:01 am
    I`ve never heard of base 8 or base 10 in my life...
  41. Profile photo of basketb-chic
    basketb-chic Female 13-17
    139 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 9:21 am
    that made perfect sense except for the base thing
  42. Profile photo of patchouly
    patchouly Male 40-49
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    September 29, 2007 at 9:23 am
    New math?!? Well, I learned it that way in the 70`s so it can`t be that new.

    As for the base 8, base 2, base 10 etc., in most cases, you don`t need to know it (Well, you need to know base 10...). If you want to learn it, there are a ton of great sites out there where you can learn. If it doesn`t interest you, move along. Nothing to see here...

  43. Profile photo of BlankTom
    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    September 29, 2007 at 9:25 am
    for those of you confused about bases. Here`s a video that might help
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8krqp8NvIM
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    Itsdude56 Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 10:09 am
    )$&^)&%@ *#&%P_)#UR&%?????


    :S

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    TheGrag Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 10:25 am
    god damn stop posting math problems and how to do them, we arnt retarded!
  46. Profile photo of TheGrag
    TheGrag Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 10:26 am
    base 8 is for people who cant count to 10 in the 1`s place :D
  47. Profile photo of SiriusLives
    SiriusLives Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 10:42 am
    Ewwww, math.
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    SiriusLives Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 10:43 am
    nikkia
    Female, 18-29, Europe
    2 Posts Saturday, September 29, 2007 7:14:39 AM
    Oh...my...God... It`s so simple! Can`t believe most of you can`t do it! It`s just sung really quickly, so it seems complicated. In my country, 12teen-year-olds could do it. That`s the way our educational system is. And fractions - children learn that in 3rd grade (10-year-olds).


    Well, most education systems must be similar. My friends daughter is in 3rd grade and is learning fractions.

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    someone? Male 13-17
    1371 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 11:28 am
    tom lehrer he`s the guy who wrote the elements song xd

    am i the only one that added the solution and the second number and did not get the first? i don`t get it xd

  50. Profile photo of fghtffyrdmns
    fghtffyrdmns Male 13-17
    46 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 11:31 am
    i just use a calculator.
  51. Profile photo of DBtG
    DBtG Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 11:48 am
    So the point of base 8 is to accomplish... what, exactly? All I can see is getting different answers to the same problem.
  52. Profile photo of CheeseMan1
    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 12:12 pm
    Base 8 isn`t as hard as it looks, it`s saying it at 2x the speed that makes it hard to understand.
  53. Profile photo of __Tigger__
    __Tigger__ Male 30-39
    108 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 12:27 pm
    Base 8 is for people who lost a couple of fingers or thumbs. Poor buggers :-(
  54. Profile photo of geekisumokun
    geekisumokun Female 13-17
    52 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 1:17 pm
    im gonna give my sis a calculator...
  55. Profile photo of MadDragon
    MadDragon Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 1:25 pm
    How ironic. I was talking about this to some friends about a week ago. Rather than explain it here, here`s a link to my journal: http://mongaikan-ryu.deviantart.com/journal/14694934/
  56. Profile photo of Woot45
    Woot45 Female 13-17
    1398 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 1:31 pm
    Base 8 is so drating pointless. Use a damn calculator or ask someone smart and keep saying you don`t get it until they do it for you.
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    robock Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:37 pm
    is it real? i don`t get it. I can calculate in base 16 no problem, and i can do multiplication in any base. But i don`t understand why teaching it to the kids. As woot45 said, base 8 is pointless.
  58. Profile photo of Pikachu42
    Pikachu42 Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:38 pm
    what the hell? and i`m looking at broadwaylove`s explanation and i`m like...seriously...stop lying to me...what.
  59. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:51 pm
    I`m "advanced" in Math.
    I do it backwards, whereas instead of going right to left adding to the right to get a high enough number to remove the below from the top, I add to the bottom number whatever it needs untill it reaches the top number and there`s the answer.
  60. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
    1228 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 2:53 pm
    342
    173

    342
    273 (+100)

    342
    343 (+70)

    342
    342 (-1)

    100 + 70 - 1 = 169

  61. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm
    This method is better for doing it in your head than writing it on paper, if you have to write it out then do the normal way.
  62. Profile photo of DrFeelGood10
    DrFeelGood10 Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 3:48 pm
    that was a cool song
  63. Profile photo of seventoes
    seventoes Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 4:07 pm
    lolwut
  64. Profile photo of Fojos
    Fojos Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 4:08 pm
    What? Those are things you can count in your head...
  65. Profile photo of firetiger16
    firetiger16 Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 4:16 pm
    What the hell are they having kids do now?!? What is the point of base 8 any way?
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    BabiiGirl93 Female 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 5:06 pm
    Thats the way i wuz taught i dnt think i have eva seen a different way... its really simple
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    talonreaper Male 50-59
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    September 29, 2007 at 5:07 pm
    That isn`t too confusing. I haven`t a clue of what base 8 is, but I do partially understand... now where is the person who spams "I`ll stick to 1st and 2nd Base"?
  68. Profile photo of the_windy
    the_windy Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 5:28 pm
    WTF base 8? WHY?!
    But I`m sure if I learned in song when I was little math would have been much easier for me. ^___^
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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 5:44 pm
    The main question is: Why learn base 8 when it`s the same thing as base 10 only not used?
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    Snoogans Male 30-39
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:13 pm
    On 9/29/2007 7:14:39 AM nikkia wrote: Oh...my...God... It`s so simple! Can`t believe most of you can`t do it! It`s just sung really quickly, so it seems complicated. In my country, 12teen-year-olds could do it. That`s the way our educational system is. And fractions - children learn that in 3rd grade (10-year-olds).

    In my country kids are taught that "12teen-year-olds" are actually called 12 year olds. That`s the way our educational system is ;-)

  71. Profile photo of shinu
    shinu Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:18 pm
    whats the point of teaching base 8 anyway? its completely useless :P
  72. Profile photo of zoinks
    zoinks Male 13-17
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    September 29, 2007 at 6:51 pm
    so true it made me cry. if i knew my old math teachers e mail i would send this to him (i never learned base 8 tho WTF is that?)
  73. Profile photo of Manar
    Manar Male 30-39
    196 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm
    Whats so new about this math ? It is the same math i did in the eigthies. And base 8 i learned while in third grade (with binary and hex). So where is the joke ? This is elementary stuff.
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    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:27 pm
    Wow.

    I hate bananas.

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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:35 pm
    manar, yes we are dumb americans, we are well aware that our educational system sucks. but come on. teaching binary in third grade? id only buy that if you were japanese.....maybe.
  76. Profile photo of xp
    xp Male 30-39
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:45 pm
    Nothing new about that math near as I can tell. Same math I learned in grade school 30 years ago.
  77. Profile photo of xp
    xp Male 30-39
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    September 29, 2007 at 7:48 pm
    0,1,10,11,100,101,110,111,1000,1001,1010,1100,1101,1111
    and so on...
  78. Profile photo of desie
    desie Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 8:06 pm
    I think I`ll go w/ base 10.
    No need to go w/ eights when we`ve been using 10 since we started counting.
  79. Profile photo of Nollid
    Nollid Male 13-17
    11 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 9:43 pm
    First of all, that base 8 was easy for me, and I`m 13 and in 8th grade. 8 in base 8 equals 10 in base 10 which means that really, in base ten, all 11 means is that we have 1 base and 1 left over. Therefore 11 in base 8 is the base, 8, plus 1, which equals 9 in base 10.

    Second of all, xp, the reason that the math is the same that you learned in grade school is because the audio track to this is from 1965, someone just set it to video.

  80. Profile photo of bugfish
    bugfish Male 30-39
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    September 29, 2007 at 9:58 pm
    "Nothing new about that math near as I can tell. Same math I learned in grade school 30 years ago."

    This song is even older than that. It`s from "That was the year that was" by Tom Lehrer, and was released in 1965!

  81. Profile photo of Roduku
    Roduku Male 50-59
    451 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 10:34 pm
    "On 9/29/2007 7:14:39 AM nikkia wrote: Oh...my...God... It`s so simple! Can`t believe most of you can`t do it! It`s just sung really quickly, so it seems complicated. In my country, 12teen-year-olds could do it. That`s the way our educational system is. And fractions - children learn that in 3rd grade (10-year-olds).

    In my country kids are taught that "12teen-year-olds" are actually called 12 year olds. That`s the way our educational system is"

    -------------------------------

    Besides, nikkia, if you have 10-year-olds in third grade, they`ve already flunked a couple of times. In my country, third graders are 8 years old.

    Sorry, you lose. Move quickly and quietly to the retard section.

  82. Profile photo of cdubb4201
    cdubb4201 Male 18-29
    139 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 11:05 pm
    That`s the way I was taught to subtract. And with the bases it`s actually pretty simple. base 10 is how we count.. you count to ten then start over in base 8 you count to 8 and start over. i went to a Montessori school and we were doing this type of stuff in second and third grade with an abacus. no joke.
  83. Profile photo of sertrbl
    sertrbl Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 11:07 pm
    "Base 8 is so drating pointless. Use a damn calculator or ask someone smart and keep saying you don`t get it until they do it for you." settle down already. just because you cant do math, doesnt mean you need to condemn those who enjoy it.

    "Whats so new about this math ? It is the same math i did in the eigthies. And base 8 i learned while in third grade (with binary and hex). So where is the joke ? This is elementary stuff."
    see, these were targeted at people like us... who would understand what it means, and not think "wtf is base 8?!?" it wasnt intended to sound hard, it was intended to sound like were teaching kids the complicated way.

  84. Profile photo of sertrbl
    sertrbl Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 11:09 pm
    "That`s the way I was taught to subtract. And with the bases it`s actually pretty simple. base 10 is how we count.. you count to ten then start over in base 8 you count to 8 and start over. i went to a Montessori school and we were doing this type of stuff in second and third grade with an abacus. no joke."
    i went to a Montessori school too, but a few years after you... so we werent actually taught it. but i do blame that school for my ease in math
  85. Profile photo of digganob
    digganob Male 30-39
    135 posts
    September 29, 2007 at 11:25 pm
    Who`s on 8th base?
  86. Profile photo of lockedup
    lockedup Female 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 11:56 pm
    I learned about in eighth grade!
  87. Profile photo of Malletman
    Malletman Male 18-29
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    September 29, 2007 at 11:56 pm
    I was amused.

    Although he should have done it in hexadecimal.

  88. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2007 at 12:33 am
    What real world application is there for a Base Eight System?

    We may as well study a system based on the square root of (i). A base ten system is functional, simple, and unversally accepted.

    Granted we use a Base 6 System to keep time, but that`s cumbersome and nonsensical it`s self. That certainly isn`t new math.

  89. Profile photo of tehSpork
    tehSpork Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2007 at 1:51 am
    Octal (Base 8) has many applications in Computer Science, though to be honest Hexadecimal (Base 16)is often less cumbersome.

    Base 10 is too clumsy to represent with binary. :)

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    nicholelibra Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2007 at 9:18 am
    The Japanese think of things in terms of 10.
    The Japanese lead the world in math skills and applications.
    I think I`ll stick to what I know.
  91. Profile photo of SnaveNareik
    SnaveNareik Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2007 at 12:26 pm
    wow base 8...whats the point?
  92. Profile photo of runeguy37
    runeguy37 Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2007 at 1:29 pm
    XP you screwed up your binary counting, you skipped 1011 and 1110.
  93. Profile photo of poke321
    poke321 Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2007 at 3:42 pm
    :l wow im soo confused
  94. Profile photo of horn4231
    horn4231 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2007 at 3:58 pm
    i agree with everyone who says base eight is pointless. if you don`t understand it...i wouldn`t lose too much sleep. weren`t the mayans the last people to not use a base 10 system? i heard somewhere they used a base 7.....shows how useful that stuff is....
  95. Profile photo of theshark350
    theshark350 Male 18-29
    429 posts
    September 30, 2007 at 5:54 pm
    Binary, hex, and other bases are used in computing and mathematics a lot. They are useful in some cases, but more or less useless in everyday life. I somehow doubt they actually teach this to elementary school kids.
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    omgitssam Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    catchy...
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    maneaterx3 Female 13-17
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    September 30, 2007 at 7:22 pm
    i`m not a math nerd (i hate math) but i have a friend who was OBSESSED with bases, so i actually understand that concept. yay.
  98. Profile photo of lyndon
    lyndon Male 30-39
    1 post
    September 30, 2007 at 11:44 pm
    For those wondering what`s `new` or why america might be so concerned with basic subtraction:

    The song is from the 70s.

    The guy is Tom Lehrer, well worth a look, see wikipedia. Dry, dry songs about current (at the time) events. Taught at Harvard. I heard a story he invented gin jelly to get around a campus ban on alcoholic `beverages`.

    Anyway, what happened was they changed the way people were taught to do maths from the ways he mentions at the very beginning to the way everyone does it now. My impression is that the old ones were quicker but the new ones work by understanding what you`re doing.

    I gather there was something of a crisis a parent (and some teachers) were even less able to do their kids maths than they normally are.

    AFAIK the only use for base 8 is to show you get the general idea with base 10 and base 2.

  99. Profile photo of Invalok
    Invalok Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2007 at 4:24 am
    I say ... No
  100. Profile photo of nikkia
    nikkia Female 18-29
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    October 1, 2007 at 2:13 pm
    Hey guys, why do you feel so insulted? First of all, noone called you stupid, point was that you CAN understand that, but never leaned how to do it. Second, my best friend went to USA to finish high-school and only geeks and nerds knew how to do fractions. Maybe it`s just case study, but I guess that educational systems do differ. Third, yup, you`re right, if you`re 21 and speak 3 languges, and english is your fourth, you mustn`t make any mistakes. And at last, should I even comment? Maybe, just maybe, kids start elementary later in other countries?! And still, it has nothing to do with amount of knowlege they have at same age in my/yours country. So, you have 3rd grader that is 8 and still has trouble to read/write, and in my country you have 1st grader that is 8 and does it pretty good. Hmmm... retarded? Don`t want to start no patriotic argument, I`m sick of it (living in Balkans). Personal is OK, but patriotic...not so much.
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    denea Female 13-17
    224 posts
    October 1, 2007 at 7:33 pm
    the first one was easy just not the way he explained it
    i never heard of base eight
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    BroadwayLove Female 18-29
    187 posts
    October 2, 2007 at 11:01 pm
    Base 8 was big in computer programming. Time was, everything had to be programmed in binary (base 2) to write the simple number 9 in binary you have to write 1001. That takes up A LOT of space. so by using base 8 you could use about 1/3 of the characters to say the same thing.

    Today we use Hexidecimal (base 16) which is absolutely scary, but it saves even more space.

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    Hansbo Male 18-29
    901 posts
    October 3, 2007 at 6:40 am
    Now instead of 4 in the 8`s place you got 3
    `cause you added one, that is to say 8 to the 2
    But you can`t take 7 from 3 so you look in the 64`s
    From the 3 you then use 1 to make 8 1`s
    And you add those 1`s to the 3 and you get 1-3 base 8
    or in other words in base 10 you have 11 and you take away 7
    and 7 from 11 is 4!

    I`m with you so far!

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    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
    661 posts
    June 7, 2008 at 6:35 pm
    this is from the sixties, when the way addition was taught was being changed. This is all much easier than he makes it seem, and octal (base 8) is not taught in elementary school or middle school, and is usually avoided in high school, unless you`re doing computer programming, and even then it is rarely used (at least in America).
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    soigieoto Male 13-17
    234 posts
    October 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    lol we just use base 10 in school

    well ya
    i have proofs right no. oh dear lord kill proofs

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