Gettin’ Schooled

It’s a good thing that I’ve developed enough maturity over the years that I don’t always say the first thing that comes to mind anymore. Otherwise when my mom called at 7:30 this morning, she would have been greeted with a bellow of “WHO DARES DISTURB MY SLUMBER” instead of the more congenial “bueno?”

Umph. Anyway, I’m more or less wide awake now and reflecting on my first evening in class this century. I enrolled in “precalculus” (which, as everyone knows, is really trigonometry) at the local community college. See, in my previous cycle of formal education, I was not required to take anything more advanced than algebra in order to get my degree. And, being rather phobic about numbers, I wussed out and stopped after algebra.

Since then, I’ve come to realize the awesome power of the set of languages known as mathematics. So I’m going to overcome my numerical dyslexia and see how far I can go with this stuff.

It’s not just for personal edification, mind you. There are some very real practical applications to this learning down the road. Like some bad-ass knitting software. Hopefully I will have a better experience translating math into fashion design than Gulliver’s La Putans did.

Oh yes, the knitting. I’m going to meet a couple of my new knitting pals this evening and work on the cable swatch and the monk’s bag some more. There will be some honest-to-goodness knitting content here soon, I promise.

Oh, and if anyone reading this could send some happy thoughts Kaetchen’s way, I’d appreciate it. She’s having a rough time of things just now. She took great care to be good to me on more than one occasion when I needed it and she deserves the same in return.

No Responses to “Gettin’ Schooled”

  1. Georgina Says:

    O.k., just don’t start posting math problems here..

    Good luck with the class. I am sure you will enjoy it.

  2. denise Says:

    David, that’s it! All these years I’ve just sensed that something about you was not quite right, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on it. . .:-)

    Just KIDDING!!!

    Seriously, though, if you do find that you’re having trouble (which I seriously doubt will happen), you could consider doing the course once in “auditing” mode (and doing all the homework, etc.) before taking it for credit. (Usually auditing is pretty cheap, but it would really depend on where you’re taking the class.)

  3. David Says:

    Matt, you don’t understand. I’m a programmer. I live for tedious step-by-step proofs. :-)

  4. Matt Roth Says:

    just remember that i really does matter and you’ll be fine. At least precalc doesn’t make you do the annoying step-by-step proofs you need in trig.

  5. spoonix Says:

    Don’t feel bad about it… I’m in the same boat (except I somehow managed to skate through some of those “higher level” match classes, which I guess makes me even more of a slacker).

    Just be aware that modern math courses have done an excellent job of sucking all the fun out of the material, and the professors are usually more worried about getting through all the examples in the book and/or regurgitating the dry textbook explanations than they are about telling you what exactly it is you’re learning, why it’s important, and even worse, what you can do with it.

    And for the record, precalc is more than just trig/analytical geometry… pay attention when they start talking about limits and summations, or else you’ll be behind the power curve in calculus.