## The Problem with Math is English

There have been several separate occasions in my math classes this semester where a student has asked me a question about a vocabulary word and I simply just didn't know the answer. I took 3 years of Latin in high school and I was an English teacher at one point, so I generally can guess the meaning of a word from the root word. However, some words just have me stumped. My new ‘go to’ tool in class is dictionary.com. Let me give you a few examples of some words that I have looked up during class this semester.
Linear Algebra
In linear algebra, we were talking about inverse matrices and a student asked me what it means to be an inverse. I explained to him that it means that the inverse matrix, if it exists, is the matrix that when multiplied by the original matrix yields the identity matrix. Although that explained what the inverse is mathematically speaking, that really didn't give any...