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#1 2013-01-19 19:24:49

Registered: 2013-01-19
Posts: 3

Ohai Thar

I'm new, but that's already a given.

Back then, I liked math because there is a lot of application to it. I learned math to solve problems, not learn math because of problems.

Currently, I like both the learning for the sake of learning, and the real life applications.

I like figuring out math on my own, and consider explanations of how to do certain things as "spoilers".

I'm a thinker that connects information to draw conclusions, run tests to see patterns, and run tests to confirm my conclusions.

On the contrary, I'm a very bad memorizer.

Because of the two traits above, I like to know the reasons behind math, not simply memorizing a big equation or concept with no rhyme or reason. I think I would prefer that even with great memory.

Um, that's all I can think of for now... Ask away, I guess?


#2 2013-01-19 21:02:31

bob bundy
Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 6,787

Re: Ohai Thar

hi Tobaifo

Welcome to the forum.

I have trouble remembering too.  I think it has made me a better mathematician as I constantly have to 're-prove' the formulas I want to use.

I cannot do speed tests though.


You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei


#3 2013-01-19 22:03:22

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 92,926

Re: Ohai Thar


I learned math to solve problems,

Me too!

On the contrary, I'm a very bad memorizer.

I have a poor memory for mathematics too and I must say this is a major stumbling block to improvement. The time it takes to re-solve that which you already knew a week ago will always hold you back. In the real world people will always be beating you to the answer, this is disastrous in industry.

The solution? Keep accurate notes. Every problem you solve, write it up neatly and well documented. Develop a good file system so you can find these notes.

The palest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.

Now you will have the best memory and the great speed that comes with it.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.


#4 2013-01-20 17:20:11

Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 16,065

Re: Ohai Thar

Hi Tobaifo,

Welcome to the forum!

Character is who you are when no one is looking.


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