Object 3: Math Equation: 4 + 10 = 14 from the MYP5 Plus Textbook

May 27, 2021


The math equation of 4 + 10 = 14 is an easy math questions to solve and is something taught to students at a young age – everyone knows that 4 + 10 = 14. There are countless ways to prove that this equation is true and that it will always equal 14. Humans and calculators both produce the same result every time when solving this equation. It simply is considered to be knowledge. Yet, how is this distinguished as knowledge and not just opinion or belief?

This object contributes to the exhibition as it gives a clear opportunity to compare knowledge, belief and opinion. As belief is usually acceptance of something without proof, belief can be rules out as there are countless essays and a range of proof. Opinion is one viewpoint and this can vary, and it not always based on facts. One’s opinion is not conclusive, however 4 + 10 = 14 is arguably conclusive as there is proof, facts and evidence to support the equation. Therefore, 4 + 10 = 14 is always seen as knowledge – its facts and no one questions it.

Furthermore, one can distinguish between knowledge, opinion and belief as knowledge is something that is accepted worldwide. 4 + 10 = 14 is something that is accepted worldwide no matter what. Many nations have different cultures, religions, way of life and languages – these we categorise as beliefs or opinions. However, regardless of these factors, math equations always equal the same thing all over the world. There is no place where 4 +10 would equal a different value.

Ultimately, the math equation 4 + 10 = 14 is considered as knowledge, rather than opinion or belief, as there is a variety of proof and it is accepted worldwide.


Vollmar, Pamela, Edward Kemp, Michael Haese, Robert Haese, Sandra Haese, Mark Humphries, and Chris Sangwin. Mathematics for the International Student. Second ed. Adelaide Airport, Australia: Haese & Harris Publications, 2008.

“100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 Books).” Goodreads. Goodreads. Accessed May 10, 2021. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9440.100_Best_Books_of_All_Time_The_Worl d_Library_List.

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