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Math confidence & literacy

So been reading these two articles on being confident in math and math requirements and it has me thinking about how I always thought I was terrible at math and still have very sketchy confidence in anything that isn’t descriptive stats, and even that’s something I’m only confident in ‘cause of how often I teach it.

The 6.9 Loma Prieta devastated the Bay Area. $6 billion in damage to dozens of cities and towns. 63 people died, most of those when a freeway collapsed and crushed dozens to death. Does this e-mailer known that an 8.0 earthquake would be over 33 times more powerful than that one?

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