Friday, January 12, 2007

Venn Diagrams


Math is intriguing to me because it all fits together so nicely. You don't have to have an opinion. It seems logical - until you apply it to real life. Remember those Venn Diagrams from sixth grade?



If you have three subsets of information on a given subject, the area where they overlap is an area where all three subsets have something in common.

Last week, I took the girls shopping for jeans or pants. One of my girls had but two pairs of pants in total. While shopping, I realized why.

Here is a Venn Diagram of my shopping experience:




























Notice there is no overlap, no common area. Pair after pair was tried. Too much decoration, leg too straight, leg too flared, fits too high on hip, fits too low. Too tight in the bum, too tight in the leg, too loose in the waist. And sizes seem to have no meaning these days. A size 4 in one department can be too big, while a size 5 in another can be too small. It's enough to make me hate math! (Not really, but shopping......)

3 comments:

pita-woman said...

I don't recall EVER studying anything called a Venn Diagram, and never had heard of it 'til your blog. I had to wonder where you were going with it, then laughed myself silly when I got to the conclusion!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! It's exactly what we're trying to do at www.zafu.com (find the intersection). I too have a fascination with math would love to talk with you more about this...
angelique@zafu.com

Camflock said...

This does not encourage me to know that shopping only gets more "interesting" as they get older. HELP!

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