Math and Chess

Math

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Math is one of the most important subjects we study in school. Not only can we use math in our day-to day lives – everything from personal finance and taxes to cooking and home improvement – but it is incredibly important to a variety of specialty fields. Doctors use it to heal us, and scientists need mathematics to explain what they observe. Engineers use math to build all the structures we use every day and ensure that we are safe when we do so. Political scientists and economists use math to understand our behavior and the effects of our policies, and, of course, computer scientists use math to create the machines that we rely on every day.

Math teaches us many important skills. We must learn these skills by engaging fully with the math, not just memorizing a few formulas. This means working out problems and understanding the how’s and why’s of the rules and formulas. This requires discipline and strategic thinking. Math helps develop our organizational and critical-thinking skills, and also requires us to recognize patterns and follow logical steps. Math teaches us to be precise and also instructs us in the art of correcting ourselves by finding and addressing our mistakes.

Our instructors teach Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, College Algebra, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Calculus BC, College Calculus (Single Variable), College Calculus (Multi Variable), Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Statistics, AP Statistics, College Statistics.

These skills help students of the “hard” and “soft” sciences as well as the humanities and art.
Some people learn differently than others, and this appears to be especially true with math. There are many different teaching methodologies designed to help those who have struggled with math in the past. You are never too old to try again and the moment when something finally “clicks” is very rewarding. At times study may be prove difficult, but this is just the time when we must persevere. Art from sculpture to music relies on mathematics even when we can’t see it. Much of the symmetry and beauty that we can see and hear in art can be explained by mathematical patterns, and all artists need a sense of balance and rhythm in their works. Even art that is designed to be asymmetrical or unbalanced must take math into account, even unconsciously, in order to achieve the desired effects. In fact, it can be the carefully created lack of mathematical sense and logic that make a piece striking!

 

Chess

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Chess is one of the most popular board games in the world. Chess is thought to have originated in India, but since then it has spread to thousands of cultures around the globe. People of all ages play chess at home, in parks, cafes, and clubs, and, of course, on their computers. There are a number of interesting variations on the traditional game of chess. This versatility has added to the game’s possibility.

Above all, chess teaches players to think strategically, logically, and creatively. We must always keep the effects of our moves in mind and consider the consequences of each decision. It requires us to try to conceal our own plans and discern what our opponent is thinking. Of course, all of our possible choices in chess are affected by the other player’s moves, so we must constantly adapt to these changes.

Of course, chess is also a lot of fun! Players have a great sense of satisfaction when a plan goes off well. Not only do we increase our chances of winning the game, but we show ourselves that we are capable of strategy and cunning.

Our chess instructors offer private and group chess lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess players. Some of the strategies that are taught over the course of this class include: Object of the game; Piece movement; Checkmate with two rooks; Castling & Development; Escaping Check; Draws; Chess Notation; Forks; King & Queen Checkmate; Pins and Discoveries; Endgame Basics; Pawn Structure; King & Rook Checkmate; Opposition & Pawn Promotion.

Many doctors use chess as therapy for memory patients because it engages our brains so well. Particularly for young children, chess can create new connections in the brain that help us think creatively and quickly. People of all ages can sharpen their mental abilities by playing chess.
Chess requires us to exercise our ability to visualize future scenarios and react to hypothetical situations. The game also emphasizes the ability to evaluate not only the immediate consequences of an action, but a range of potential consequences. Practicing these skills over time will improve and sharpen your mind and enable you to apply your new abilities to your everyday life.

Anything that challenges our minds can improve our thinking skills. As with any subject, in chess you will learn more and get better with time. Children will learn especially quickly and there are variations of the game that are designed for very young children. By introducing children to these simpler games, parents and teachers can help them begin to develop their skills and learn to play by the rules. When they are a little more confident, children can be introduced to the full game, and adults can challenge themselves by playing against more advanced opponents.

Using a computer to practice chess when an opponent is not available can be very useful, because most computer and internet chess games allow you to choose from several difficulty levels.

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