### Not A Fan Of Math?

Math was always my least favorite subject in school. I never saw the use in it, and frankly, **I hated how it was taught to me.** I never found it entertaining.

**Maybe if math was taught to me like this**, I would’ve picked it up a lot quicker, and I for sure would’ve become a fan of the subject.

### How One Woman Changes How It’s Done

An assistant professor of mathematics at **Carthage College** made it her mission to get people to understand math in a new way so people would have a better understanding of the world around them.

**Professor Sara Jensen** teaches math in one of the most unorthodox ways you’ll ever hear of. Instead of textbooks and calculators, she grabbed her knitting needles and wool.

After teaching this way for a while, Jensen shared the results of teaching this way in a blog post. She titled the class **“The Mathematics of Knitting,”** and she says it helped students embrace mathematical thought.

### Thoughts & Theories

Her class starts with students knitting throw cushions. **Jensen says these throw cushions demonstrate the fundamental idea of equivalence**. Other projects work for other theories.

For example, there is a type of geometry called “rubber sheet.” **This proposes that with a flexible material, a triangle and a circle can essentially be the same.**

**How does this fit into knitting?** Imagine you’re knitting a hat with three needles. This makes the object take the form of a triangle. Once the needles removed, however, the hat or glove softens and forms a circle.

Jensen feels she can open up the world of mathematics to a huge audience just by using these tools. **Knitting aides in mathematical thought, and a tangible, physical end result is a fresh new way to learn the ancient craft of math.**