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Old 04-09-2009, 05:06 PM   #11
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I'm completely math phobic as well. In fact, I was reading somewhere recently that there is in fact such a thing as a math phobia and people who are afraid of math really do have their brains shut down when they look at it...

More relevent to you: Debbie Stroller has a lot of good stuff at the beginning of "Stitch and Bitch Nation" where she talks about modifying patterns and she breaks down the math for calculating, among other things, waist shaping, so that you can figure out your guage and how many stiches you need to increase over how many rows. I found her explanation pretty unintimidating.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:43 PM   #12
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Sweet! And, I already own SnB Nation! I never looked at anything but the patterns though
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:45 PM   #13
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Yeah and just how many slices will you have if the outer radius of the slice is 3" on a 9" pi???



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Old 04-10-2009, 07:35 AM   #14
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Diameter x 3.1416(Pi) = circumference
Circumference divided by size of slice (9) equals number of slices per pie

9 x 3.1416 =28.2744 divided by 3 = 9.4248, roughly 9-1/2 slices per pie

If you're knitting a doily project and have 6 sts per inch...

9(diameter of doily) x 3.1416 = 28.2744 (number of inches in circumference)

28.2744 x 6(sts per inch) = 169.6464 (roughly 170 sts)
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:03 AM   #15
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I got two books from the library awhile back and now plan on buying them. The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns & The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns (by Ann Budd)

I thought they really helped on breaking things down, at least for me. I'm another one bad at math but I think knitting has helped my math skills, I think they should teach knitting with math in school...I would have learned more
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I agree or at least could have concentrated more on the needlearts in Home Ec....but remember, the classes were only 50 minutes long... we'd have been more captive audiences though!
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I agree or at least could have concentrated more on the needlearts in Home Ec....but remember, the classes were only 50 minutes long... we'd have been more captive audiences though!
very true, I would have listened better...when I got to H.S. they changed it so that our classes were 90 mins...(we had 4 first semester and then another 4 second semester)...I didn't care for that very much at all...
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Yeah and just how many slices will you have if the outer radius of the slice is 3" on a 9" pi???

well, you know about the guy who ordered a pizza pi and asked for it to be sliced into 6 pieces instead of 8 cause he didn't think he could eat 8??

(and to think I've stayed away from this 'thread' cause it had a 4-letter work (MATH) in the name!!)
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Originally Posted by mwhite View Post
Another thing...I used to consider myself a COMPLETE math idiot but strangely enough, sewing and knitting have greatly improved my math skills and I even understand Pi!
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That's what you put in an oven and bake, right??
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Yeah and just how many slices will you have if the outer radius of the slice is 3" on a 9" pi???


Getting a slice of pi!

I kept getting a left over of 1.26 and thinking that meant ten slices but then realized that is how long the "arc" of crust would be on the partial slice after 9 slices were cut with 3 inch "arcs" (i.e. 3 inch wide slice of the pie.

Now I can use pi on the pies for our family to keep the children from fighting (well at least lessen the chances of if). Most of the time we cut the pizza, pie, or cake in eight slices because it is easy. You divide in half four times; now I can measure the diameter and then divide the circumference by six (two parents and four children) and we each get two pieces (a piece to eat and also peace to share!)

I can't give advice on doing math because I'm one of those 'classmates' everyone hated in school for ruining the grading curve.

But billiards (pool) and playing a musical instrument both exercise your brain for math. In fact, if you play billiards, simply watching how the balls react you learn what would take complex geometry equations to figure out on paper.

I think Origami also helps with division...



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