Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My brain hurts....

2(ab) + 5ab – 8ab= 4xy

Algebra, I know that somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I was somewhat capable of using the quadratic formula to simplify an algebraic equation. However, do you think that thought process is making itself available to my adult mind. Math in any form was never my strong suit but I was hopeful when at class last night we started a section on geometry. Oddly enough, for the first time in the four weeks of this class, I had a moment of clarity. I was able to correctly answer a few questions (silent applause rang in my head). Then my professor asked me how I use geometry in my daily life, because I had some basic understanding of its principals. Everything up to this point has been an odd foreign numeric language!! All I could picture was newly ironed fabric stacked up under a ruler about to be cut in the shape of a trapezoid or an isosceles triangle. Only to be re-sewed into a perfect square or rectangle. Granted the dear old mathematician could not relate to that, he was nonetheless grateful for my relating to something in his class.

As for tonight - I am seeking wisdom from a math tutor.


Liz Harvatine said...

I have a bachelor's degree in Mathematics but have followed a very unmathematical career path. There are moments when it's needed though and it makes my day when a coworker comes to me to figure out a *cough* simple problem. That is really great.

Sarah and Jack said...

This is maybe a little bit sick, but I like Alegbra!


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