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Math [Apr. 18th, 2007|11:37 am]
Angelic Fruitcake
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I really like my nerdy math teacher. He peppers his talks with encouraging examples from real life mathmaticians. Apparently, there was an engineer with NASA who forgot to convert measurements from English to metric and caused a satellite to crash into a planet.  This cost NASA millions. This should make me feel less like a loser for forgetting to add a negative sign.

He also told us stories of redemption. In 1992 or so, Andrew Wiles provided a HUGE proof for a great mathmaticians famous last theorem. He forgot a few things. Which left a few holes that were readily poked by fellow math nuts at some sort of theorem-proving hootennany. He was thoroughly embarrassed, yet looked through every single line, came back the next year and BAM! A theorem was proved.

We also talked about fun things like Venn Diagrams and how they are applied outside of math. He's given me hope.

Math and I are becoming friends. Slowly...Sweetly...
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[User Picture]From: psycho_peanut
2007-04-18 07:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're soooo lucky to have such an awesome math teacher! It sounds like he's making it worth your time and making the subject more interesting! I wish I had him for a math teacher. Instead I got one who didn't care if I fell behind. He sucked! I'm so happy for you that you're blessed with such an amazing teacher. Goodluck! :D
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do feel lucky. He's been very cool so far. And it's good to have someone who is excited about the subject himself.
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From: cerulean_scars
2007-04-18 07:51 pm (UTC)
As much as I scream at doing math programs, I honestly don't dislike mathematics. It's very useful and inspiring...think Escher, for example.

I just have a great dislike for math editors and math plug-ins for layout programs. Math has become a jkl;j;lkj word because, unlike your professor, the publishing world litters math book programs with a bunch of useless gibberish and unrealistic plans.

I'm glad that there are teachers out there who take their obligations seriously.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-18 09:04 pm (UTC)
Math editors must = the debil. I'm glad that I got a good, too! er, Teacher that is. Not math editor.
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From: red_sparrow_17
2007-04-18 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh god. Math can go to hell. I hate it with a passion. addition, subtraction, mutiplication. That's all anybody needs to know.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-18 09:01 pm (UTC)
You're killin' me with the icon! LOL! Say hello to my little friend. Anyway, I felt that way myself. It's becoming =fun= though. Who knew?
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[User Picture]From: lolotehe
2007-04-18 08:08 pm (UTC)

I know a guy...

Allegedly, the real problem with the Mars crash was a sad sort of Democracy.

There were three computers:
one measured in inches, yards, and miles;
one measured in centimeters, meters, and kilometers;
and the last one measured in centimeters, decimeters, and meters.

When all three returned their numbers, the one in inches, yards, and miles and the one in centimeters, meters, and kilometers had data that was the most similar, so the other metric measurement was tossed to the side as the minority report.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-18 09:03 pm (UTC)

Re: I know a guy...

Mwahahaa! Leave it to you to know a guy. I love your big brain and your big contacts. Wow. So it was more complicated than one guy's bad input? Interesting...
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[User Picture]From: kenfrequed
2007-04-18 10:52 pm (UTC)

Hmm



Math and I had a lot bad times. I kept giving math another chance until I caught math hanging out with other people. Around the time math was going through a calculus stage in our relationship math accused me of not understanding our any longer and left.

History has been good to me ever since but I still have fond memories of how we whispered teh Pythagorean theorum to each other at night.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-19 01:48 am (UTC)

Re: Hmm

Damn, Math can be a sexy and confounding bitch! *smh* I can't believe you gave her up for that whore, History, just because she's difficult. She was right: you probably didn't understand her. There's always more to learn about her. Return to Math. Math is forgiving; she'll welcome you back. She hasn't changed, really. She's always there waiting for you...
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[User Picture]From: fitzbeew
2007-04-19 02:13 pm (UTC)
who is your math teacher?
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From: thewillow_witch
2007-04-19 05:24 pm (UTC)
I had a great math teacher when I was in the 6st grade. He made me love math. I still love math till this day.

You are blessed to have such a wonderful teacher!
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