# The Most Correct Bad Math

How you never learned fractions, your algebra teacher lied to you, geometry’s a hoax, derivatives aren’t math, and proofs are actually creative.

**How To Simplify Fractions**

When in doubt, take the simplest approach.

It makes sense why teachers have kept this secret: it’s too good to be true!

**Bet You Didn’t Learn This In Elementary School** Algebra? What’s that?

**Geometry Done The Correct Way**

**Advanced Calculus**

Having trouble deriving? Try this expert trick:

**When Your Calc Teacher Gives You A Hard Problem**

*Problem:*

*Solution:* And you thought this wasn’t solvable?

**Advice For Writing Proofs**

Sometimes, the proof requires some thinking outside the box. If you find yourself stuck, try one of these:

- Proof by Profanity:
*“&%*&#@, therefore…”* - Proof by Obviousness:
*“So clear it doesn’t even need to be explained”* - Proof by Intimidation:
*“Don’t be stupid, of course it’s true!”* - Proof by Google:
*“Google says it’s true, so…”* - Proof by Reader:
**Left as an exercise to the reader** - Proof by Citing a Non-Existent Theorem:
*“According to the xyz-hypothesis…”* - Proof by Plausibility:
*“It sounds good so it must be true.”* - Proof by Calculus:
*“This proof requires calculus, so we’ll skip it.”* - Proof by Lack of Counterexample:
*“I can’t think of a reason why this wouldn’t be true, so…”* - Proof by Postponement:
*“The proof is very long, see appendix” *forget to put in appendix** - Proof by Vanity:
*“I mean, it’s not like I could be wrong so…”*

**How Do We Know Math Is Real? It’s Not**

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