I have been going on Khan Academy and doing at least one Mastery Challenge every day since April 4th. (Which according to a reverse calculator is probably the day I ovulated with implantation happening 2 days later.) A Mastery Challenge consists of as many as 6 math questions.
This morning I had to do two similar relatively simple 4 step problem.
Lucy made 4000 g of candy for a party, and she served the candy divided equally on 16 plates. Her guests ate 11 plates of candy.
How much candy did Lucy have left over?
Write the answer in kilograms.
Molly made 3600 mL of tea for a party, and she served the tea divided equally in 12 glasses. Her guests drank 7 glasses of tea.
How much tea did Molly have left over?
Write the answer in liters.
So for the first problem you take 4000g/16 to get your per plate number 250g
Then find how many plates were left over 16-11 = ___ and take that and multiply by 250 then divide by 1000 to get kg.
In my head I got 16-11 = 4 So my answer was 1kg instead of 1.25 kg So my final answer was wrong.
For the second problem in the same step I got 12-7 = 4
I had to go through the hints where it shows you how to do the problem step by step to figure out where I went wrong because I was sure I was right.
I know from past experience I can’t do math in my head when I am pregnant. I thought since I am using Khan Academy every day and practicing everyday maybe this pregnancy I could avoid that problem. I thought it was just the cloudiness they call baby brain with a little uncertainty for my answer and fear of getting it wrong and being embarrassed that causes me to freeze sometimes when put on the spot to answer questions.
I realized that math answers feel right to me. The only way I can explain this is like when you look at a word that is spelled wrong and it just looks wrong. You might not know how to fix it but you know it is wrong. Or if someone asks you how to spell something and you write it down to see if it looks right. It is a feeling like that.
So this morning I found out that 4 feels like the right answer and 5 feels wrong.
Luna gets her genius from me. Luna is much better off because she has me to teach her and I understand how to teach her specifically and how she thinks.
Sorry I am tired. I was going to add to this. I will post more thoughts on this another day. I had saved the draft to add to this but if I don’t finish today then I the “today” part won’t be correct anymore and I don’t want to change it to yesterday or last week.
Thanks for reading.