Math 1

by Eliezer Yudkowsky Jan 26 2016 updated Jul 9 2016

Is math sometimes fun for you, and are you not anxious if you see a math puzzle you don't know how to solve?

A reader at the Math 1 level has enough mathematical ability to encompass "good at math" in a colloquial sense. They know at least some basic algebra, and how to apply algebraic thinking to problems in some contexts. If you threw a simple to moderate math puzzle at them, they could probably figure out what they were supposed to do without balking and saying "nope, I don't know how to do this".

Writing for a Math 1 audience

At this level, you can start to use letters to represent numbers as variables and manipulate them directly.


Joe Zeng

I'm thinking we should compile a list of sentences or passages that a Math 1 person should be able to read, so people can diagnose for themselves which level of math they're at rather than relying on purely a sentence to describe them.