There is often a much misunderstood observation that A Math is more difficult compared to E Math. There are many student’s, parents and even teachers who think so and are then puzzeled when they have students who pass A Math with ease but fail E Math.
In this short article I shall try my best to give a breakdown on the differences between the two Math, i.e. Additional Math and the Elementary Math on a rationally appealing level.
E Math, Elementary Math.
Is more focused on everyday application of Math, hence students are required to have an understanding of daily math vocabulary and execution of Math tools in measurement and estimation.
Terms like billing, installments, hire purchase, basically what I call the “Courts and Harvey Norman” transactions form a bulk of the topics and including trigonometry in questions on navigation and measurement.
To simply put, E Math takes you on the surface level of exploring this world using Math. E Math can bring you from one place to another on a flat earth. But we need more that that to get to the Moon and navigate through the vastness of Space.
A Math, Additional Math.
On the other hand Additional Math deals with the research tools needed to get going with understanding the core that runs under the surface. It is one level deeper in that it provides the students with skills in calculus that was developed historically to find why the moon goes around the earth. Its this and further and higher Math that propels man from the known earth to the unknown universe.
So which is difficult?
In my Math tuition classes, I have mixed bunch who find A Math or E Math or even both difficult. But what tends to be lost in school teaching is the discovery process of the Math tools, hence the difficulty. A private math tuition can help. That is why in my classes, I begin with why the topic exists.
You cannot just simple hand over a hammer to the student. The student has to see a need for the hammer and when you give them a problem that needs the hammer, they will then realise its use. But, not every students Math skills are the same. Some students need to be told what a hammer does, some find out on their own and some attempt to develop their own hammer and in my A Math and E Math tuition classes, we get the mind rolling into developing the hammer first and then bring in the actual tools developed by great mathematicians from the likes of al-Khwārizmī, Isac Newton to the present.
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