It`s possible that the results were something like "4 hate math, 3 are indifferent, 3 like math" in which case those hating math would be the largest group, but it`s still poorly worded if that`s the case :P

"It`s possible that the results were something like "4 hate math, 3 are indifferent, 3 like math" in which case those hating math would be the largest group, but it`s still poorly worded if that`s the case"

Seeing how many people are apt to believe BS statistics, of any kind, It seems likely that people would hate `math` based on the lies some people tell using it.

The reason so many people hate math in this country is because most math teachers (especially in college) are brilliant mathmeticians but HORRIBLE teachers.

I agree with gymcoach on this one, I`m taking Mechanical Engineering Technology, and our math teacher this semester is also our materials teacher. He really knows his poo in both subjects, and is a great materials instructor, but can`t teach math to save his life.

In that case it would be a plurality, not a majority. A majority is a subset of a group consisting of more than half of its members. A plurality, is a subset larger than any other subset; i.e. a plurality is not necessarily a majority as the largest subset may consist of less than half the group`s population.

I`m in my third year of university majoring in physics and if that question was asked of me right now I would say I hate math. Doesn`t mean I`m stupid, just means that the Fourier analysis and complex linear vector space manipulation that I have a midterm on next week is a drating pain in the ass.

I enjoyed math until I got to Taylor expansions. Now I still like math, but if I see something that looks like I`ll need to expand, I want to write, "I don`t care" across the page.

@Sathon: Physics majors unite! I`m in my second year. :)

Would 40% be majority if 30% said they liked math and 30% said neutral? No, that would be a plurality. A majority is strictly >50% (in the US at least - here we would call it "majority" and "absolute majority").

honkeylips: Calculus can be one of those `make it or break it` classes, it`s rough.

Thankfully the class I had after calc was statistics, and that actually made me enjoy math again. It also helped me be able to spot BS stats, good statistical analysis can actually help you spot the bad analysis.

Click on my TED talk link on bad science to hear more about how that`s done.

- I believe that statistic.
That would be called a "plurality."

F*CK. You beat me to it.

In that case it would be a plurality, not a majority. A majority is a subset of a group consisting of more than half of its members. A plurality, is a subset larger than any other subset; i.e. a plurality is not necessarily a majority as the largest subset may consist of less than half the group`s population.

@Sathon: Physics majors unite! I`m in my second year. :)

That`d make it an english fail, and why I said "poorly worded if that`s the case" o_o

No, that would be a plurality. A majority is strictly >50% (in the US at least - here we would call it "majority" and "absolute majority").

Thankfully the class I had after calc was statistics, and that actually made me enjoy math again. It also helped me be able to spot BS stats, good statistical analysis can actually help you spot the bad analysis.

Click on my TED talk link on bad science to hear more about how that`s done.