### The ten commandments of mathematics

- Thou shalt read thy problem.
- Whatsoever thou doest to one side of ye equation, do thou also to the other.
- Thou must use thy "Common Sense," else thou wilt have flagpoles 9,000 feet in height, yea, even fathers younger than their sons.
- Thou shalt ignore the teachings of false prophets to do work in thy head.
- When thou knowest not, thou shalt look it up, and if thy search still elude thee, then thou shalt ask the all-knowing professor.
- Thou shalt master each step before putting thy heavy foot down on the next.
- Thy correct answer does not prove that thou hast worked thy problem correctly. This argument convincest none, least of all, thy teacher.
- Thou shalt first see that thou hast copied thy problem correctly before bearing false witness that the answer book lieth.
- Thou shalt look back even unto thy youth and remember thy arithmetic.
- Thou shalt learn, speak, write, and listen correctly in the language of mathematics, and verily A's and B's shall follow thee even unto graduation.