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Are you good at math?

I am sure that this question has been asked to the point of necrosis of skin cells, but are you good at math?

For my age, I believe that my knowledge of mathematics could be better.

I make simple mistakes in calculus, particularly multivariable calculus, and appear to disregard things like geometric proofs, etc. (Although, to me, they are not that bad).

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I'm 38 and am lucky if I can understand the addition of fractions.

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I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, top of my class, scholarship to grad school, the works - but math? HA!

Me and math just don't see eye-to-eye - from elementary all the way through to university I've had remedial math classes & tutoring; I've had to take algebra four times (from middle school to university).

I remember crying in grad statistics because it was all gibberish - I really wanted to understand it, but never did.

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I studied Maths Bridging Level 4 (up to basic calculus) last year, and am doing maths as part of my Engineering foundation course. I understand it well.

Kmgtpezy - You're doing multivariable Calculus at 15? That seems advanced for your age! Is multivariable Calculus the same as Partial Derivatives?

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Yes, partial derivatives are covered in multivariable calculus along with gradients.

My age, however, does not matter.

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^Multivariable calculus includes partial derivatives.

I'm better at math than the typical prole. Among math majors at my university I'm probably about average.

For my age, I believe that my knowledge of mathematics could be better.

I make simple mistakes in calculus, particularly multivariable calculus, and appear to disregard things like geometric proofs, etc. (Although, to me, they are not that bad).

I wouldn't be discouraged by struggling in calculus (especially multivariable) at age 15. I never saw calculus at all until I was nearly 18, and I'm only a couple months away from an applied math degree now.

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/ is the fraction sign e.g. 1/4 is one-quarter

+ is obvious,

* is multiplication,

1/4 + 1/8

common denominator = 8, because 4 divided by 8 = 2 .

So,

1 * 2 + 1 = 2 + 1 = 3

/ / / /

4 * 2 8 = 8 = 8

similar rules apply to subtraction.

2/5 + 5/7

no clear common denominator, therefore

2 * 7 5 * 5 14 25 39

/ + / = / + / = /

5 * 7 7 * 5 35 35 35

If we can we simplify the fraction. e.g. 10/25 becomes 2/5, because 10 and 25 are divisible by 5.

for multiplication, simply multiply the numbers on top together, and multiply the numbers on bottom together, and thst gives you the answer.

for division, flip one of the fractions, then multiply.

does that help?

Or did that make your brain fall out and walk away?

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For my age, I believe that my knowledge of mathematics could be better.

I make simple mistakes in calculus, particularly multivariable calculus, and appear to disregard things like geometric proofs, etc. (Although, to me, they are not that bad).

Folks are impressed with my "math skills" because I can do arithmatic in my head better than they can.

But I dont know multivariable calculus from a horse's ass.

The fact that a 15 year old even knows what the term means is pretty impressive to me!

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**Code:**

/ is the fraction sign e.g. 1/4 is one-quarter

+ is obvious,

* is multiplication,

1/4 + 1/8

common denominator = 8, because 4 divided by 8 = 2 .

So,

1 * 2 + 1 = 2 + 1 = 3

/ / / /

4 * 2 8 = 8 = 8

similar rules apply to subtraction.

2/5 + 5/7

no clear common denominator, therefore

2 * 7 5 * 5 14 25 39

/ + / = / + / = /

5 * 7 7 * 5 35 35 35

If we can we simplify the fraction. e.g. 10/25 becomes 2/5, because 10 and 25 are divisible by 5.

for multiplication, simply multiply the numbers on top together, and multiply the numbers on bottom together, and thst gives you the answer.

for division, flip one of the fractions, then multiply.

does that help?

Or did that make your brain fall out and walk away?

ugh

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WOOT!! that sounds SO great! I was sooo developmentally messed up as a kid that perhaps if my learning and sensory issues were acknowleged, I would have done better at math, but learning math in mainstream school environment was a HARSH experience. I am fairly certain that I have dyscalculea, but I have a skill at dominoes which seems almost "savant"

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I always learned and remembered enough to pass math classes all the way up through high school, but I'm not what you'd call 'good' at it, nor do I even really like it. I'm much more of an abstract, creative person.

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I was going to say yes, but if you're doing multivariable calculus at age 15, that just blows my mind. I'm 17 and I'm taking precalculus right now. So far it's been extremely easy for me, but we haven't gotten to the good stuff yet. On the subject of doing calculations in my head, I suck at that. My brain is not a calculator, but I do seem to have a much greater understanding of the concepts than everyone else in my class, and I put minimal effort into doing my homework, never study, and I've had crappy math teachers for the past 6 years.

I'm homeschooled, though. Therefore, I have much more time to stick with things and can move on at any time. Some teachers teach at a slow pace; other teachers teach at a fast pace and no one understands them. Please do not construct analogies between you and I. That is not what this post is for.

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Last edited by Kmgtpezy on 20 Mar 2011, 11:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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