The math looks pretty high level to me reminds me of a line I heard on the Beverly Hillbillies from Jethro: “Gosh Uncle Jed, that might require some of that Algae-bra to figure out” and you have to remember that he was the genius of the family. He made it all the way to the 6th grade and had his graduation in one episode. Jethro was also the top of his class at Oxford (not sure of the state but those at Ole Miss did not like the dig ;) )

Oh yeah! Good old (1/6x minus 3y squared) times (1/6x plus 3y squared). Gosh I use it all the time in the adult work a day world. So glad the school taught me that! Where would I be without learning that?

I was doing it all in y head until that final step. I think it’s right but not sure. I did get a BS in Math in college and wound up taking 49 hours of credit. Looking back that was kinda over doing it.

Actually, the elementary math curricula now teaches pre-pre-algebra, geometry, and data analysis; the kids are also given high-stakes, developmentally-inappropriate, poorly-written quasi-standardized state tests to measure their progress. Teaching & playing with the math concepts was fine with me; pretty sure I’m not being subtle about my opinion of wasting months of school in test-prep for the test-prep for the tests instead of (gasp!) learning.

“Well, Mr. Snelgrove, I happen to know that in the future I will not have the slightest use for algebra, and I speak from experience.” Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Serious Question: What career or profession would need to know and use this kind of math? I’m sure it must be needed and useful. It got us to the moon for pete’s sake (Hidden Figures). But for the average high school kid – who needs it? I’m more along the line of teaching how to make correct change at the register.

Sad to think that back in high school I actually understood that kind of math. Today I can’t make heads nor tails of it.

My last semester of high school, just to prove the teacher wrong, I managed to get a perfect score of 100 for then entire term doing that kind of math. She said it couldn’t be done. Though she was a fantastic teacher and I give her all the credit for it!

When our kids were in middle school, the school offered refresher math courses in the evenings so that their parents could help them with their homework.

## JD'Huntsville'AL 7 months ago

That math looks a little advance for someone Sally’s age (whatever that is.)

## su43dipta 7 months ago

Good grief indeed!

## charlenelin1201 7 months ago

Is that correct? Anyone knows better?

## orinoco womble 7 months ago

No wonder Sally hates school. She’s what, six? and they’re giving her equations.

## Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano) 7 months ago

I’ve been out of (elementary) school since 1997. I don’t think I learned

thatkind of arithmetic then.## AlondraRachellaLabute 7 months ago

Algebra is vile! Torture. I thoroughly hated it.

## oldthang 7 months ago

I didn’t know that a brickhead could be so smart.

## yoey1957 7 months ago

Math and I haven’t been on speaking terms since the 2nd grade.

## TampaFanatic1 7 months ago

The math looks pretty high level to me reminds me of a line I heard on the Beverly Hillbillies from Jethro: “Gosh Uncle Jed, that might require some of that Algae-bra to figure out” and you have to remember that he was the genius of the family. He made it all the way to the 6th grade and had his graduation in one episode. Jethro was also the top of his class at Oxford (not sure of the state but those at Ole Miss did not like the dig ;) )

## TheRealGasterBlaster 7 months ago

The school is smart, very impressive. :D

## dcdete. 7 months ago

Oh yeah! Good old (1/6x minus 3y squared) times (1/6x plus 3y squared). Gosh I use it all the time in the adult work a day world. So glad the school taught me that! Where would I be without learning that?

## Count Olaf Premium Member 7 months ago

He’s right. Old School comes through again.

## Decepticomic 7 months ago

Math? You betrayed me, School Building… You betrayed me…

## jagedlo 7 months ago

Vicious guy, this Al Gebra! And his cousin, Cal Culus!

## Purple People Eater 7 months ago

What grade is Sally in?

## Troglodyte 7 months ago

And who was it who said, “Thick as a brick”?

## VegaAlopex 7 months ago

I don’t remember any such factoring in algebra. It was a half century ago, long before Excel.

## Darryl Heine 7 months ago

Thanks a lot, algebra!

## Dennis Nichols 7 months ago

The wall got it right.

## lnpdavid74 Premium Member 7 months ago

I was doing it all in y head until that final step. I think it’s right but not sure. I did get a BS in Math in college and wound up taking 49 hours of credit. Looking back that was kinda over doing it.

## William Bednar Premium Member 7 months ago

That is top notch factoring!

## Gandalf 7 months ago

Now even high school graduates couldn’t begin to do this…

## Ellis97 7 months ago

What are they teaching her at this school?

## uniquename 7 months ago

Of course the school did well. It’s algebrick!

## verticallychallenged Premium Member 7 months ago

Actually, the elementary math curricula now teaches pre-pre-algebra, geometry, and data analysis; the kids are also given high-stakes, developmentally-inappropriate, poorly-written quasi-standardized state tests to measure their progress. Teaching & playing with the math concepts was fine with me; pretty sure I’m not being subtle about my opinion of wasting months of school in test-prep for the test-prep for the tests instead of (gasp!)

learning.## geese28 7 months ago

Yet here I am still haven’t used any of that equation

## PuppyPapa 7 months ago

More than I ever did, I guess!

## Robert Wilson Premium Member 7 months ago

“Well, Mr. Snelgrove, I happen to know that in the future I will not have the slightest use for algebra, and I speak from experience.” Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

## txmystic 7 months ago

To factor out the difference of squares seems backwards to me…this looks like a better FOIL problem…

## KEA 7 months ago

had to give this strip a “love” for being accurate

## mindjob 7 months ago

I remember doing those but never saw a practical use for it

## dv1093 7 months ago

Serious Question: What career or profession would need to know and use this kind of math? I’m sure it must be needed and useful. It got us to the moon for pete’s sake (Hidden Figures). But for the average high school kid – who needs it? I’m more along the line of teaching how to make correct change at the register.

## Scott S 7 months ago

How much have we put those kinds of math into practical use since we finished school?

## eddi_tbh 7 months ago

That’s high school level at least. Even for New Math.

## ChrisTrey 7 months ago

Sad to think that back in high school I actually understood that kind of math. Today I can’t make heads nor tails of it.

My last semester of high school, just to prove the teacher wrong, I managed to get a perfect score of 100 for then entire term doing that kind of math. She said it couldn’t be done. Though she was a fantastic teacher and I give her all the credit for it!

## snoopyw 7 months ago

Isn’t Sally in primary school?

## KenDHoward1 7 months ago

<< sigh >> … If these walls could talk ~ Dena Twinem …

## poimen 7 months ago

I loved that kind of math especially geometry

## 19JRL44 7 months ago

So factor means to repeat but in a more long winded way; right?

## Robert Wilson Premium Member 7 months ago

When our kids were in middle school, the school offered refresher math courses in the evenings so that their parents could help them with their homework.

## xsintricks 7 months ago

The best way to teach most of the math, algebra, trigonometry, and geometry you’ll ever need: Build a gazebo.