tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1584374248003533514.post4639212001370274903..comments2014-05-23T08:12:03.611-07:00Comments on The Theorist: Reflections on a First Semester TeachingAdamhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09940885809440958435noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1584374248003533514.post-43829052534168049662014-05-22T11:31:02.926-07:002014-05-22T11:31:02.926-07:00Maybe part of the issue is the way this subject is...Maybe part of the issue is the way this subject is often introduced in school. Algebra is super important for dealing with Calculus and I'm not sure Calculus can be studied very well without knowing how to do Algebra. Maybe, instead of approaching Algebra from the high school system you should look for a good text book and try doing that. That's what I did. I sat down and read Holt Algebra and Holt Algebra 2 and I think these books were very well laid out for the most part. I'm not sure they gave me an incredibly deep notion of Algebra, but it was certainly a lot better than what I got out of high school and I was far more prepared for Calculus after reading those two books. I would probably do things entirely differently now if I could go back... but that's the point of my blog tutorials. Here's the way you can build good theoretical foundation for doing high level math/science.Adamhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09940885809440958435noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1584374248003533514.post-64210184464987270872014-05-05T05:44:43.140-07:002014-05-05T05:44:43.140-07:00I've always SUCKED at Algebra (well, at least ...I've always SUCKED at Algebra (well, at least intermediate/advanced Algebra), and I don't know why. Every other subject, literally every other subject, I can just sit in class and not take notes, and retain everything the teacher said and score well on tests. I'm going to attempt to teach myself calculus because I want to see if I can learn it (since it is the language of physics, a key interest of mine) but I'm scared of taking it in University in case I fail the class. Luckily, my best friend is an Aerospace Engineer by Degree, so he can help me if I get stuck. Keep up the blogging here!Aodhanhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10912400584225593904noreply@blogger.com