I tend to divide people into four quadrants whenever possible because four rants is usually a perfect number for 300 word Blog postings. Quadrant One houses people who project a positive vibe when you meet them but the halo effect is misleading because they are not who they appear. For example, psychopaths, sociopaths, and osteopaths could find themselves in this category. You are excited about the doctor you met but if the doc turns out to be a psychopathic osteopath, this can be a big disappointment down the road. Quadrant Two includes people who live up to the halo effect they project. Readers of my Blog invariably fall into this quadrant, although for the sake of a cheap laugh I just lost any followers connected to an osteopath. Quadrant Three individuals like me may cast a bad impression at first. We can seem a little too cynical, sarcastic, and full of ourselves. Later the reverse halo effect is confirmed when it turns out we are living in a court ordered Narcissist Treatment facility and stockpiling restraining orders. Quadrant Four residents also present badly when you first meet them. Maybe one rear ended your car when you impulsively decided not to run the red light. But by the time the movie ends, you are best friends getting wasted together on Friday nights. Everything is relative and relatives are at the root of most problems. When you are in Quadrant Three, you long for a day you might be able to squeeze into Quadrant Four unless your relatives have also wangled a ticket there.

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Descartes thought that math could be used to reason complex ideas into simpler ideas. Descartes’ study of mathematics resulted in the formulation of analytic geometry, and this is highlighted by the invention of the Cartesian Coordinate System, which gave us a new way of looking at numbers.

Cartesian coordinates exist in a rectangular coordinate system that contains perpendicular lines and horizontal lines which are referred to as axes. These lines cross at a point called the origin, which is where the x value and the y value both equal zero. Having an origin, (a place to start), allows us to measure the horizontal (x) and vertical (y) locations, in both positive and negative directions, and these axes divide the plane up into four quadrants. A grid is a type of map that divides distances into equally spaced squares. An ordered pair contains two mathematical objects that can be used to locate a point. An ordered pair must be enclosed inside of parentheses or round brackets, it must have a comma separating the two numbers or variables in it. The order that these numbers are shown inside the ordered pair is very important. Just like the alphabet the x coordinate comes before the y coordinate, so ordered pairs are shown like this (x-coordinate, y-coordinate).

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Thank you Jim. You are an amazing fountain of knowledge. If I had known you were willing to write a post for me, I could have taken the day off! I definitely am not used to seeing so many facts uninterrupted by nonsense strung together on this site!

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This came directly out of my third book which is titled So You Want To Learn Calculus. It is filled with a lot of stories, but it is not for everyone.

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What about the people who make a good impression and that impression stays good through association and past it?

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That’s Quadrant 2 which is where you fall!

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Ah. Thank you. 😇

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I fluctuate between 2 & 3

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Matt, you make whatever Quadrant you are in a better place.

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I think we have the same doctor.

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I am looking for a new doctor who will tell me that I am so healthy, he does not want to see me again for five years.

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Well thanks for the inclusion into Cat 2. You said “math” and I sort of tuned out though. And sarcastic? Who? YOU? Nah. You’re just acutely aware (as am I) of how really silly most things are.

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I was always a little suspicious of osteopaths, now I know why…

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Someone needs a doctor…

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I am glad that someone is beginning to realize that.

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