1. Do you often use a calculator?

I often use a calculator when I have to do complicated mathematics and I do not have a lot of time. For example, I work a part-time job in a cafe and frequently must add up multiple sums to figure out the total of a customer’s bill. This would take me quite a while to do in my head therefore I like to use a calculator. The improves the speed with which I can do the calculation and also lowers the risk that I may make an error.

2. Are girls generally good at mathematics?

Girls are generally just as good as boys at mathematics. Some people are naturally better at mathematics and some people struggle with it but I do not think it is determined by gender. When I studied mathematics at school some of the best people in my class were girls. I think that some people are just really passionate about mathematics but there are a lot of people who find it boring and are not so good at it.

3. Do you think it is difficult to learn mathematics well?

I think it can be very difficult to learn mathematics well. Some mathematics is very complicated and it takes a lot of hard work and focus to understand it properly. However, for some people complicated mathematics comes naturally to them. For these types of people mathematics is not difficult to leam well because they have an innate (天生的）talent for mathematics. I always think this is very impressive, as I personally found it quite difficult to learn mathematics well.

4. Do you think mathematics is important?

Mathematics is a very important subject. In many ways, mathematics is the basis of society as we know it. So many important aspects of modem society rely on mathematics. A good example of this is architecture. There are so many beautiful buildings and impressive skyscrapers that exist because of very precise mathematics. Without mathematics it would be impossible to engineer complicated buildings and commodities.