When I was younger, I was good in Mathematics and pretty much like it, but when I hit 12, my laziness got the better of me, and well, I literally didn't listen in class and didn't attempted to do any homework. Over the course of few years of complete neglect towards Mathematics, my A* became an F and because of it, I really disliked Mathematics, I couldn't see how it work. The teacher was teaching us more complex stuff, and I didn't understand Algebra and friends, because my foundation in Algebra was really weak and nonexistent and everything then was Algebra Algebra and Algebra. So I gave up on Math.
Now, because my BIGGG examination is coming, this examination will determine where I go and my future, and in my country, failing Mathematics = no future, I am busy studying and learning Mathematics and Higher Mathematics (actually now I realized how fun Higher Mathematics is, esp. Logarithms  Only it sucks that I realized it a little too late) and doing Maths is fun!
To me, trigonometric identities is a still a novelty though. Oh, and Algebra is my friend now!
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07072009, 07:03 AM #91

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07072009, 08:31 AM #93
This thread is little bit too long to read, so I just drop my thoughts here regarding OP.
I'm studying Computers Sciences in university right now, and math studies are important part of it. And I don't like math at this level at all, for many reasons.
 The math teacher is probably the most boring and nerdy person there is. His total ignorance of the current social atmosphere would be amusing, if it wouldn't be ruining the whole class. Most of the time I can't hear what's he's mumbling, and the rest of the time I wish I wouldn't need to listen his "less interesting than pile of rocks"tone of voice. I get strong vibes that he's a psychopath.
 Math is oldfashioned. Like I said, I study computer sciences. It's a science of which foundations are constantly changing. At any given moment, one trend can swipe across the field, and change practically everything you know. Core of the math hasn't changed much in the past two thousand years. And it shows, as the logics of mathematics are layers upon layers upon layers to the infinite. One bad example of this are the symbols used. Once during a lecture we were introduced to the set theory, and shown how unions, complements and such work. One simple task included at least 18 different nonnumeric symbols! 18! That's a ridiculous amount to remember, especially when the symbols were unintuitive and uncommon. In Computer Science anything like that would be instantly discarded as being too complex and hard to manage. Simplicity is ingenuity.
 Advanced math has little, if any, common applications. I have studied few courses of math at university, and don't recall a single moment of my life after that in which I would have used the things I had learned there. Not many persons are willing to learn stuff they won't be needing."The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine."
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07072009, 10:56 AM #94
Wait till you take Database Theory, Complier Theory, or the Theory of Computing. Abstraction is a basic skill needed for computer Scientists.
UML is another thing with a lot of symbols to remember. There are also countless numbers of computer languages and file formats to remember.
If you have trouble with 18 symbols, you will have trouble using API's in computer science, because they will have countless hooks that need to be remembered or looked up each time a hook is used.
Like I've said many times before, you have to TRY to apply something for it to be apply. Math unfortunately required more imagination and creativity for it's application than most people can muster.
Name a subject in math you believe is useless for a particular field, and I wager, without much digging, we can find an application. It just requires imagination.
Math is by far the most widely applied subject in history.
Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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07152009, 04:53 PM #95

07152009, 10:12 PM #96
Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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"As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Wheeler
"[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
"[P]etabytes of [] data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield

07152009, 11:18 PM #97
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I've always had a math phobia. I only noticed it when I had a question about a problem, then blam! the phobia came to the front of my existence. Then I started equating my failure in math with problems in every academic subject that came my way, even those I might have not felt phobic about.
When I was about 30 I heard of parents who played math games with their kids. They played how many and how much equals this and that. I heard families played math facts and math family games. They also used rote memorization tactics to help their children learn basic facts. All good.
I never felt animosity towards the subject of math, I felt frustration. Why wasn't I catching on?! Is this rocket science fgs?! No, it's not rocket science was my answer to my myself.
Still I don't get how it's so hard to reach kids who have limited discipline in their lives and I wonder what teachers need to do to make the subject engaging and meaningful. Even if they could explain steps of math more coherently or tell how problems of math relate to one another and other subjects, like physics, I would like that.
Is math an invented science or a natural order?

07162009, 09:59 AM #98
Maybe you just realized math was the piece of crap that it is in an early age.
Well maybe I was a bit cynical there.
I forgot the name but there are new visual ways of learning math.
I don't think this is the exact thing but similar. Supposedly this new method has gotten people who are like you, to excel in math.
New Way Of Teaching Math Comes From Singapore  wcco.com

07172009, 04:44 AM #99
Math is just manipulating information. People who suck at math cares about getting the right answer too much. Its the process that counts. All it takes is practice, practice and more pracitice, kind of like swimming.
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I love numbers and calculation. But it when it becomes too abstract, difficult, and protracted I lose interest. Geometry sucks anyway.
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