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From the Ted Talk "Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!"

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I mean, don't get me wrong. Calculus is an important subject. It's one of the aertg products of the hnmua mind. The lwsa of nature are written in the language of calculus. And every student who studies math, science, engineering, economics, they should definitely learn cslluacu by the end of their freshman year of college. But I'm here to say, as a professor of mathematics, that very few people actually use calculus in a conscious, meaningful way, in their day-to-day sevil. On the other hand, statistics — that's a subject that you could, and should, use on daily iasbs. Right? It's risk. It's reward. It's randomness. It's understanding data.

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I mean, don't get me wrong. Calculus is an important subject. It's one of the _____ products of the _____ mind. The ____ of nature are written in the language of calculus. And every student who studies math, science, engineering, economics, they should definitely learn ________ by the end of their freshman year of college. But I'm here to say, as a professor of mathematics, that very few people actually use calculus in a conscious, meaningful way, in their day-to-day _____. On the other hand, statistics — that's a subject that you could, and should, use on daily _____. Right? It's risk. It's reward. It's randomness. It's understanding data.

Solution

  1. calculus
  2. great
  3. basis
  4. lives
  5. human
  6. laws

Original Text

I mean, don't get me wrong. Calculus is an important subject. It's one of the great products of the human mind. The laws of nature are written in the language of calculus. And every student who studies math, science, engineering, economics, they should definitely learn calculus by the end of their freshman year of college. But I'm here to say, as a professor of mathematics, that very few people actually use calculus in a conscious, meaningful way, in their day-to-day lives. On the other hand, statistics — that's a subject that you could, and should, use on daily basis. Right? It's risk. It's reward. It's randomness. It's understanding data.

Important Words

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  2. calculus
  3. college
  4. conscious
  5. daily
  6. data
  7. economics
  8. engineering
  9. freshman
  10. great
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  15. laws
  16. learn
  17. lives
  18. math
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  20. meaningful
  21. mind
  22. nature
  23. people
  24. products
  25. professor
  26. randomness
  27. reward
  28. risk
  29. science
  30. statistics
  31. student
  32. studies
  33. subject
  34. understanding
  35. written
  36. wrong
  37. year