# Black Boxes

Why is the area of a circle given by πr^{2}?

Why is the area of a circle given by πr^{2}?

Is not learning.

When giving a presentation, it’s difficult to present ideas in science or mathematics *without* the use of equations. It’s possible, but unless you’re exploring a geometry problem, you’re probably out of luck. If you want to get a message across to your audience that is more substantive than a bunch of emphatic adjectives about science, you need to use equations.

Do you feel like you’re not getting enough out of what you do in class? Does mathematics feel boring, just a bunch of rules that you follow without more or less knowing *why*?