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By the way, I do not sit with my favorite girl. I generally find some seat behind her, which is more fun.

Here is a bobbym quote about it

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Just do not dip her hair in the inkwell.

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'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Mysterious forces are at work.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Maybe the mysterious force is just proximity?

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chooipian wrote:

Maybe it's the soulmate thinggy...

Entangled Particles.

I did not design this one intentionally, the tea situation is really true between me and that person.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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In my case it was definitely a territory thingy. I wanted to make it clear to the other lads that she was taken. And it worked!

The teachers who knew her thought I would be a bad influence and the teachers who knew me thought I'd get distracted. Huh! We worked supportively. I did better at physics because of her and she did better at maths.

Coming back to the self taught bit; I discovered quite early on that I did best if I read it up for myself and I've mostly done that ever since. My A level class was huge and had a wide mix of abilities. The teacher tended to go at the pace of the slowest, and a quick estimation showed me I'd never complete the course if I went along with that. So I just got ahead in the text book and learnt it for myself. If the teacher set a homework I handed it in just to avoid trouble but I was always several chapters ahead.

And she made mistakes. She passed around some models of parallelopipeds which were prisms (strictly also p---s but not good examples) but I couldn't get her to understand my criticism. She taught that step one of induction is to try n=1, 2 and 3 to show it works for simple cases. Knowing that was wrong helped me at my university interview. They asked if I knew about induction and I trotted out the teacher's version (a bit hesitantly). They looked puzzled and asked where I'd got that idea from. I said my teacher. They asked if I agreed and I said what it ought to be (ie. Just show that one low value can, together with the induction step, generate all subsequent integer values). They liked that (that I was prepared to criticise what I thought was wrong and produce a corrected version) so they offered me a place.

She also said that the fundamental theorem of calculus was too hard for us to understand and well beyond the level of the course. It isn't!

So, of course you can study at your own pace, and, if you are interested, follow up on topics even if they are not 'on the syllabus'. Good luck with it.

Bob

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Bob is a math teacher!

I do not know if I should take up the Math teacher job in my school in future...

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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You come from a line of teachers, do you not?

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Cool. I wanted to be a doctor, but then again I don't like annoying patients. I wanted to be a theoretical physicist but then I can't work on the experimental part. I love teaching (somewhat) maybe I should get a doctorate and be a math teacher.

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You might change your mind a few more times.

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bobbym wrote:

You come from a line of teachers, do you not?

Yes, that includes my mom's dad, my mom's mom, my dad's uncle, my dad's dad, and my dad.

How did you know that?

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I cannot play cricket well. Can that be a reason to keep me from being a math teacher?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You told me.

So be a teacher too.

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bobbym wrote:

So be a teacher too.

Read the 40th post, did you? Hmm? herhh. Herrh.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I was talking to the other fellow.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I agree, so become a teacher with no students.

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Changing the diapers...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Become a forum teacher then...

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That will be quite difficult.

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