The basic problem is, math has a bad rep. Math was like mental gymnastics class, some people excelled at it and the rest of us just got through it with much moaning because we had to.

That's because they never told you about cuddly math.

I had this idea back in college one day when the professor mentioned how most people have an irrational fear of the integral symbol. I thought, wouldn't it be cool if there was a cuddly stuffed integral symbol that you could pass around the classroom and let everybody play with it and maybe get over that weird fear. Here it is at last.

## Step 1: Stuff you need

some soft fabric. I used a cheap blanket I found in the Ikea as-is department. It is called the "Polarvide" which was $2.00.

Sewing machine

Maybe some Velcro or magnets would be nice to stick them together in various ways.

And they would be awesome as bodies for soft circuitry. Plushy graphing calculator anyone?

Either way, I'm all for it ;).

i.sis the FUNCTION sign (example:_{place that symbol here}f(x) dx means a function whose derivatitve is f).You know the Pi symbol I assume, and then the one that appears to be a capital M on it's side means sumation: sum over … from … to … of

the sideays M is called sigma and it means you add together the set of things that come after it.

the long s is an integration sign and it also means adding, but it's for things you can't easily add because they're all stuck together. it's useful for seeing how much room there is under a line or for seeing how far an imaginary truck would go

http://xkcd.com/179/

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^{(i*pi)+1=0 is a neat equation too, because it contains 5 of the most useful numbers in math.}http://www.math.toronto.edu/mathnet/questionCorner/epii.html

Math = fear. Math >/ fear.

Warm/fuzzy = Math?

Core dump, imminent.

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