Here's an additional maths myth (or is it?) that I would like to debunk: Maths is so uncreative, in most cases there's only one way to solve a problem. If you don't apply this specific rule or formula, well too bad.

I agree that we are often taught one key method for problems, but there are certainly many ways to go about things.

Even in simple multiplication, people have different ways of doing it in their head. Multiplying 19 by 20 will give you the answer 380, but this can be obtained a number of different ways. You could multiply 16 by 10 and then double it. You could also use the knowledge that 20^2 is 400 and simply subtract 20 from that.

In problem solving and application questions, there are many different ways to go about things. It's a shame that these are not the type of questions that VCE maths is heavily focused on.

These are some really great problem-solving questions from past Australia Maths Competitons and can be approached a number of ways.

Best of luck finding new ways to solve problems and use your brain!

Edit: Another way that we can consider maths creative is the way that complex mathematics is being used in new and innovative ways to benefit society. For example, statistics and precise calculations are heavily used in medicine to track different treatment options and the likely outcomes for patients. This is done using technology powered by innovation and mathematical skills. Lots of new technology requires people using maths to create.