Helping to teach the Brilliant Community

Having followers on Brilliant isn't like any other site. They aren't like Instagram, where the entire point of having followers is to boost your ego and show off how cool you are. They aren't like Friends on Facebook because you probably don't know most of them irl. Followers on Brilliant are like students and those who you follow are like teachers because no matter how smart you are, you don't know everything.

So I had a realization the other day that many people post unique problems that no one has thought of before and those who repost problems which or similar reposts are somewhat looked down upon in a sense for not being original (or at least this is what it seems like). So because the purpose of followers on brilliant is to teach them, I believe that the problem creators should create multiple versions of some problem they post (Not necessarially at the same time) so that people can learn better.

Let's face it, if you do a problem only once, unless it had a very interesting and unique solution, you probably will forget how to do it by the end of the week. This is why text books create so many problems, because repetition helps to ingrain information in the brain.

This is just my opinion, so comment what you think below.

And happy problem solving.

Note by Trevor Arashiro
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I think the real challenge Brilliant has on its hands is providing just the right mix of problems---not too trite, not too repetitious, not too abstruse, not too troll, etc. --so that users make the best use of their time here. And yet we have so many users with different goals or skills that need improvement. Like I keep saying, it's all about effective filtering.

Personally, I'd like to see an even wider range of different kinds of problems. It seems like I keep seeing the same kind of problems over and over again, and I don't think that's really preparing one for the real world out there beyond secondary or even undergraduate education. An unfortunate limitation of Brilliant is that it's based on numerical answers (except for some multiple choice answers), when a lot of higher level mathematics is not about finding a particular numerical answer, i.e.,e.g. it's about proving something. Maybe someday something can be worked out for that too.

Michael Mendrin - 6 years, 8 months ago

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yeah m with Micheal....

Harshvardhan Mehta - 6 years, 8 months ago

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I completely agree with you.@Michael Mendrin

Anuj Shikarkhane - 6 years, 8 months ago

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i agree with you

math man - 6 years, 8 months ago

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