April 25, 2006

C Isn't For Cookie

My 2nd son told me the other day that they have a way of remembering a math term DMSC.


He bragged, "Everyone else in class remembers it as Dumb Mice Smart Cats. I remember it as Dumb Maestros Sip Crap."


This is a boy thing, right?

Dumb Maestros Sip Crap?

So I said, "Buddy, what does DMSC stand for... other than that whole sipping crap thing?"

And he said, "oh. I don't know..."

I managed to narrow it down to Division, Mulitiplication, Subtraction and... C? Crap? Surely there is more than... Crap?

I spent way too much time trying to figure out another name for Addition. Finally my eldest said to me, "Mom, C stands for Compare. I find it confusing too..."

Well, that's all well and good, but what good does it do to remember that Dumb Maestros Sip Crap if you don't know what Crap really is?! Ack!

Posted by Boudicca at April 25, 2006 10:02 PM | TrackBack


At least he didn't choose a phrase like "Drugged Morons Shoot Crank."

Posted by: That 1 Guy at April 25, 2006 10:27 PM

Hehe T1G!

They make math way too hard these days!

Posted by: Sissy at April 25, 2006 11:16 PM

I started out as a math major in college (and then wisely switched to Computer Science). I have never heard of DMSC. Is it just me or is Addition missing?

Compare? What kind of math are they teaching kids these days? They need to teach the three R's again. Even if two of the those R's actually begin with a "W" and an "A". That doesn't say much for spelling does it? Hmmm.

Posted by: Jerry at April 26, 2006 12:08 AM

Compare? What the heck are they teaching these kids?! Why they might as well start talking about how one number is "bigger" or "greater" than another. Don't they care what that does to the "smaller" number's self-esteem. I think we need a more-inclusive branch of mathematics. Let's empower _all_ of the numbers equally. I'm tired of the labelling of some numbers as "negative"...a stigma which these numbers cannot seem to escape. Besides, it seems to me that most of those so-called "advances" in mathematics were made by a bunch of dead white men. I think it's high time we had a little more gender equality amongst the numbers.

Posted by: zonker at April 26, 2006 12:30 AM

[The preceding comment was sponsored by the number 12, which in case you haven't figured it out by now, double-majored in Sociology and Women's Studies at Bard College.]

Posted by: zonker at April 26, 2006 12:32 AM

Ahhhhh. Long division -- a rite of academic passage.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at April 26, 2006 02:19 AM

Jim- LONG DIVISION!!! That's it! I was thinking way way too deep. I'm thinking, "Polynomials and Algebra" trying to figure out where in the hell one compares. But you're right. It's long division!

Jerry- I'm an Applied Math major by degree. I never in my life had heard of DMSC. Good Grief.

Zonker- I'm LMAO! Holy crap.

T1G- I'm surprised that's not what he chose. Next year... in 4th grade... perhaps we'll be talking about drugged morons. You never know!

Posted by: Bou at April 26, 2006 06:14 AM

I always remembered it as My Dear Aunt Sally (multiply, divide, add, subtract). You put Please in front to cover "parentheses" - do the MDAS operations in those first, and work your way out. I guess these days you can make it My Dear Aunt Sam, to be kind of gender-neutral (or gender-bending, as one's preference dictates).

Posted by: Bob at April 26, 2006 02:04 PM

Um, I must have been asleep, or daydreaming, ah yes daydreaming, my favorite subject.

Posted by: P'Cola Titan at April 28, 2006 10:38 PM