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It's simple. | by Carol (vanhookc)
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It's simple.

Dec. 1 - I have been working with a former student on an essay which features the word "simple." Thus my photo eye lead me to the dictionary for my picture of the day! How interesting that the definition for "simple" is much longer than for other words. This causes me to wonder how simple is "simple"?

 

I chuckle to see "simple" used in mathematical terms across this dictionary page! Ha! Many of my former math students didn't think "simple fractions" and "simple equations" to be so simple.

 

Also, I enjoyed thinking about the etymology of the words or phrases for various words on this dictionary page. In which books or journals were these simple mathematical terms first seen in ink: simple fraction (1728) and simple equation (1758)?

 

Studying the word "simple" is simply fascinating! Did you know a simple fraction = common fraction = vulgar fraction? (www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-vul1.htm)

 

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Taken on December 1, 2014