The Trigonometry class was tough - although I worked and worked at it, I think I am coming up against the limitations of my brain, that being the fact that I am not particularly inclined towards mathematics. The Physics class, on the other hand, shouldn't have been that hard. It was just an introductory class but the teacher was not good and did not explain things well at all. In fact, with one topic in particular, I never really "got it" until we covered the same thing in Trig class with a good teacher. I have high standards for myself and I really tried to do well, but when all was said and done I was not satisfied with my grades. Yes, I passed, but I blew my 4.0 GPA.

Two days after my last final I took off for a warm sunny vacation, where I could drown my sorrows in colorful fishies and umbrella drinks, but more on that in my next post.

Next semester, well, that's going to be a doozy. I plan on taking Calculus and (real) Physics. Judging by my previous brief experience with Calculus I don't think I will understand it well at all; some people just don't think that way. I plan on getting a tutor and doing as best I can.

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lilampallartburns1) the US system focuses on Calculus which is really a higher math than Algebra.

2) Most people only need Algebra as an "advanced math", but Algebra can still seriously kick your ass. It's not what you learned in high school.

3) If you understand advanced Algebra, the Calculus is actually pretty easy.

I went back and did self-study for the Algebra and the Calculus, and I think he's right. Most of what the average person needs to know is covered by the Algebra and Geometry. The Calculus is very useful, but you don't understand the how/why of when to use it until after you master the Algebra.

heheh. I said "bra". A bunch of times.

g_naI personally don't think I need Calculus at all, however, I seem to be at odds with whomever decided the degree requirement :P

dr_gluck_I never met a calc teacher that didn't teach it like a foreign language. I need to understand how it is working and why more that "remember if you see these symbols, then apply this arbitrarily-labeled theorem to it" If you have similar math brain, finding the teacher who can explain it in a way that makes sense/deciphers the moon language is key.

Good luck!