[Novalug] [OT] Toys: Newest Barbie
bdalzell at qis.net
Sat Feb 13 19:32:24 EST 2010
On Sat, 13 Feb 2010, Kevin Cole wrote:
> Myth-busting: I work with a guy who recently asked me if geometry
> would help him with things like determining the amount of material
> needed to build his roof at a particular slant... So, not all males
> automatically get the mental wiring.
> I did okay w/ math -- nothing stellar -- until calculus. Four times
> through Calculus I: F, D, D and D. I did manage to conquer it 12
> years later, auditing a class -- largely due to a brilliant teacher.
> Having taken a physics sans calculus (for non-majors) in the
> intervening years helped a bit, but mostly, it was the teacher.
> That's pretty much where I stopped with mathematics.
I did poorly in calculus at U Berkeley - partially because the TA for
our section was a guy named Kaczynski.
Years later someone explained to me that differentials where the tanget
to a curve and integrals were the area under the curve and at least
I got that cause I am good at geometry.
I did my humanities breadth requirement by taking 3 semesters of symbolic
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