The Math Missus: are you a math person?

You won't need a textbook or a calculator to enjoy a lesson from The Math Missus, a new series that adds up all the fun and fascinating ways math factors into our everyday lives.

Think math isn't your subject? Subtract your self-doubt with a lesson from The Math Missus

The Math Missus (aka Sarah Smellie) asks people about their love (or hatred) of math. (Zach Goudie/CBC)

Are you a math person?

Do your friends sheepishly slide the bill over to you to calculate the tip? Or does the thought of answering a math problem make you break out in a cold sweat?

The Math Missus is a new series that examines a few simple, accessible ideas from mathematics and some of the people who work with them.

Since we know there are at least a few people out there whose stomachs may have seized up at the idea of watching anything about math -- people who might be convinced this series isn't for them, that they're just not a math person, we figured we'd start the series by asking whether there was even any such thing as a math person.

Spoiler: there isn't.

Darcy Hallett is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Memorial University. He's also the head of MUN's Research Centre for the Development of Mathematical Cognition.

He says the idea that some people are math people and the rest just aren't is a fiction. It might even be a cultural fiction.

Professor Darcy Hallett says the notion of a "math person" is a myth. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

If you enjoy Part 1 in this series, stay tuned! There's lots more to come, and no homework required.

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