new math

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Etymology[edit]

From the dramatic change in teaching practices for mathematics in the 1960s in America.

Noun[edit]

new math (uncountable)

  1. (pejorative) The methodology used to arrive at an unreasonably incorrect answer for a mathematical calculation.
    She quickly calculated the tip to be $45.00 on the restaurant tab of $110.50, apparently using new math.