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« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2009, 01:16:47 AM »

That doesn't always work, though. Argh they give you the length of the base then you have to find some other stuff and that Heron thing only works sometimes and argh.
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« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2009, 01:19:09 AM »

Some of what you learn is practical and applicable in life. Much of it is just busy-work bullshit with very little real world utility unless your career is in a very specific field, in which case you'll probably have programs and job aides to do much of it for you anyways. I had geometry, trigonometry, and calculus in high school and took up to calculus in college. I'd probably say geometry is the most useful.
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« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2009, 01:19:47 AM »

Oh yeah we did stuff like that; the a^2+b^2=c^2 for right triangles. Yeah in math... B. My problem is I tend to mess up just one step, which in turn screws everything else up. I need to be more attentive. :/
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« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2009, 01:20:58 AM »

That's what happens to me.  I have a B- in algebra right now...I did bring it up from an F though...so that's a step.
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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2009, 01:22:15 AM »

I have an F. I just retook a test, so it should go up.

Teacher is funny, but he talks to fast, erases right after he writese on the board, and stands in front of the writing while it is written. Also my notes are bad.
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« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2009, 01:28:04 AM »

I used to have a C, but I really concentrated and managed to ace the test over exponential relationships, so now I've got a B. I want to get an A, but final grades for this semester are this friday...
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« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2009, 01:33:57 AM »

Our teacher grades tests really weird....We have like 80 problems on a test...I got like 30 right...and I got a 79%
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« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2009, 01:35:57 AM »

Oh god I hate math, one of my major concerns about choosing a major was the least amount of math classes I had to take.
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« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2009, 01:38:07 AM »

The problem is you can't really get involved with math like you can with, say, writing. Which is why I have an A in english. I can actually relate to the topic.
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« Reply #39 on: March 03, 2009, 01:39:20 AM »

Yeah, I go to our high school for my English class.  I excel in everything, pretty much, except algebra..with the exception of Social Studies sometimes...because I get bored very easily in that class.
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« Reply #40 on: March 03, 2009, 01:39:51 AM »

Quadratic equations are boring...

You can't even begin to fathom how useful that stuff will be as you get older... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Tongue

I've actually used the quadratic formula multiple times at work.  Go computer science!
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« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2009, 01:41:40 AM »

Might I ask where you work? Huh
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« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2009, 01:47:41 AM »

CSC, writing software for the FAA.
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« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2009, 01:50:53 AM »

The problem is you can't really get involved with math like you can with, say, writing. Which is why I have an A in english. I can actually relate to the topic.

Download a graphing calculator program for your PC. Plot some functions, mess with the variables and see how the graph changes, fiddle, tinker and experiment with the thing in general. That helped me out in trig & calc. It's a lot easier when you can visualize things in your mind, and you get to know how does every single thing in the equation/function/whatever interact with each other. Most people learn more by experimentation, which standard math courses usually won't provide, unless you do it yourself Wink.

Our teacher grades tests really weird....We have like 80 problems on a test...I got like 30 right...and I got a 79%

Sounds like the grading system of the standardized college entrance test around here. You start with a fixed score, correct answers give you more points and incorrect ones punish you by subtracting them, and the score seems to grow in a non linear fashion. As far as I know it's been done that way to discourage answering at random (so that you only answer what you really know). Thing is, I discovered that you can get a higher than average score (pretty good in fact) by answering about half of the questions right and omitting the rest (basically make sure that every question that you answer is indeed right).

I've actually used the quadratic formula multiple times at work.  Go computer science!

Given my electronics background, math (especially trig) has saved my @$$ a couple of times before too Tongue.
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« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2009, 01:55:11 AM »

Our teacher grades tests really weird....We have like 80 problems on a test...I got like 30 right...and I got a 79%
Sounds like the grading system of the standardized college entrance test around here. You start with a fixed score, correct answers give you more points and incorrect ones punish you by subtracting them, and the score seems to grow in a non linear fashion. As far as I know it's been done that way to discourage answering at random (so that you only answer what you really know). Thing is, I discovered that you can get a higher than average score (pretty good in fact) by answering about half of the questions right and omitting the rest (basically make sure that every question that you answer is indeed right).
It's not even that.  I answered all the others wrong...(well, guessed) AND not everyone was graded the same way.
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