When was the last time you were asked to calculate the slope of a line perpendicular to a line whose equation is y = 5x + 9? If you're like me, it's been at least 14 years! But in order to score well on the GRE such skills must be retrieved from the forgotten back corners of the closet, dusted off, and put to good use again. And all the math review I've had in the past two weeks should serve me well in coming years as Eliana moves past simple multiplication to algebra and geometry. Bring it on!
Don't worry. We did bake cookies, make gingerbread houses, attend a Christmas Eve service, go on a family vacation, wrap and deliver presents to the neighbors, bake cinnamon rolls, open presents at home, play games, watch movies, and have a birthday party for Jesus (not in that order). I've had plenty of time to play. I even worked on our family scrapbook and got it caught up!
But it's time to switch gears again - to order books, plan the semester and take lots of deep breaths. This will be a full one, and as usual I'm in syllabus shock. We'll just have to take it one page at a time!
(By the way, in case your wheels are still turning ... the slope of a perpendicular line is the negative reciprocal of the first line, so in this case the answer is -1/5. Now isn't that inspiring?!)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.