# Getting motivated for math

1. Oct 11, 2004

### plum

I definitely need math, as a means to an end. But I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! :zzz:

How did you get motivated to do math? Are there any good and EASY websites (for people who hate math). I'm doing trig and intro. calculus. I want to do a degree in Physics, and I'd like to be able to understand General Relativity, so I will definitely need it. Any help/suggestions much appreciated.

2. Oct 11, 2004

### JasonRox

We didn't get motivated.

We get addicted and that pretty much explains it all. :)

The first step is to learn why you hate math.

3. Oct 11, 2004

### Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
I'll let you in on a little secret... you're just starting to get into the fun stuff! Don't make up your mind about math just yet. It's too early.
Practice every day, and if you get stuck on anything, there's plenty of folks on this board who will be eager to help.

4. Oct 11, 2004

### JasonRox

Very true.

Calculus turned my life around.

I failed finite mathematics in high school, and now I'm a math major.

Although, lately I have had some troubles with Complex Numbers, self-study. I am making stupid mistakes, but I won't get discouraged!

5. Oct 11, 2004

### Jim Roberts

i never hate math or
math doesn't hate me at all,
we are like strangers and when a
problem comes up, we meet and
kiss each other till she is
unable to breath anymore.
i tried and try to draw
all of that problem's energy resources
and i will never leave that problem alone.
Thats my source, my food and my breathe

6. Oct 11, 2004

### Chrono

Go to your instructors first, I say. That's always the last thing I do when I get stumped.

I didn't like math, either, until I got into college. I've said nearly a dozen times that I nearly failed Algebra I in high school and now I'm making A's in Calculus. So don't give up!!!

7. Oct 12, 2004

### Chrono

Same with me, there, Jason (If you didn't know already). I'm not exactly a pure math major. I'm a math/computer science major. However, that won't stop me if I decide to get my masters in math. Something I'd never conceive myself of doing.

I'm having troubles in Calculus III. The instructor's style is totally different than what I'm used to. Two tests, a final, and no homework.

8. Oct 12, 2004

### JasonRox

That's how I like it. I like the conservatives ways. I would much prefer a ~20% midterm and a ~80% final. 'm lazy when it comes to do assignments.

I usually just study, and do a lot of questions.

I'm only first year, so it is hard to tell whether or not I will succeed, but I don't see why not. I haven't had big problems yet.

9. Oct 12, 2004

### Chrono

This is the first time I've had problems and it's my third year. I feel that it will just go uphill from now on, however.

10. Oct 12, 2004

### JasonRox

Overcoming problems is the best part.

Problems usually occur because you see things a certain way, but in order to move forward you must slightly change it.

I find it that everytime I learn something new, a big piece is added to the puzzle. It is important to put that piece at the right spot, or else problems occur.

That's the way I look at math.

Note: By next year, I will only think in numbers. Actually, it's starting already.

I know this because a girl said some guy had 3 times the size of breasts than hers, and I thought "that's undefined because 3/0 is not possible."

I hope you get what I thought at the time.

11. Oct 12, 2004

### Chrono

I do get it. I hope she didn't for your sake.

I'll do similar things in martial arts class. He told me to do 30 push-ups and I asked, "$$\pi^3$$ push-ups?" Of course, it's actually $$\pi^3 - 1$$. I don't think they realized that, though. Another time, he told us to think like we were doing a circle when we dodged a punch and came back up with a hook punch. I asked him what the radius of the circle was.

12. Oct 12, 2004

### JasonRox

LOL!

I do enjoy thinking math.

Even when people say simple words like range for their cellphones, I think math.

When I said something about changing your thought slightly in the previous post, I was thinking the Squeeze Theorem or a function wrapping around an horizontal asymptote. Think about it. You are trying to squeeze yourself through, and once you're through, you are ffffrrrrreeeeee!

13. Oct 13, 2004

### XMLT

I think the most common reason when you hate a subject is because you're not successful with it, not good at it or not being to solve the problems involved in the subject.
To avoid hating it, you should start doing easy problems which you can solve and gain some interest, then try the harder one; if you have any problem, ask for help then try to understand the problem and solve it again by yourself without any help. I think when you can solve some problems, you are getting motivated. However, what you really need is patience and determination.

XMLT

14. Oct 13, 2004

### futb0l

If you are always stuck on problems, You shouldn't hate it. It's okay to be angry but don't put too much emotion on it. Just keep practicing and one day you will get there. I like maths because of it's structured elegance, and everything is logical, even though I can't solve problems as quick as some other people, I still like maths...

15. Oct 13, 2004

### Tom McCurdy

Don't mistake school math for math

you probably just hate doing the homework..........

16. Oct 13, 2004

### gravenewworld

Let me let you in on a secret. Real mathematics doesn't being until you get passed all lower level calculus sequences (1-4). Real math, the more interesting stuff, begins when you start actually proving things and you will come across from very strange and interesting results.

17. Oct 13, 2004

### Chrono

That is what I can't wait for. Number Theory sounds fun!