COM21: Wk 1

Learning to Communicate Clearly.


To complete this week’s activity, I drew a childish image of Egypt, with 3 pyramids, a sun, two waves on the River Nile and small boat. I then endeavoured to describe this drawing via a Skype Video call to a friend without the use of measurements or any reference material. I did find it particularly difficult at times, when I could not recall the names of specific geometric shapes (an upside down rhombus for the boat base, isosceles and equilateral triangles etc) and describing the rays of the sun was especially problematic. I discovered from this exercise the importance of the everyday references that we all use and how we don’t see the world as a smattering of varying mathematical symbols and jargon, but rather as pieces that fit together to form a holistic viewpoint.


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