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MissSilvy

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Almost everyone agrees that learning math by rote or superficially gets one nowhere fast. I am currently starting my calculus sequence and I know it's a tad early to be asking this question, but how can I learn so that I actually understand the meanings and relationships behind the numbers? I've been told that drilling away at example problems and memorizing equations is not good enough at some point: the math eventually gets too difficult and the creativity required to solve advanced problems is too much for people who haven't internalized the actual ideas behind math properly.

I become quite intimidated when I look at textbooks that my senior friends are using and I want to make sure that I can actually do make the transition from computation to more advanced concepts. I know my explanation is vague but I suppose it can be best summed up by Terence Tao's http://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/there%E2%80%99s-more-to-mathematics-than-rigour-and-proofs/" post. I'm concerned about being ready to make the transition from stage one to stage two. Any help would be appreciated.

(I know I post on this forum quite often. I'm terribly sorry! I did a search and nothing on this topic seemed to come up)

I become quite intimidated when I look at textbooks that my senior friends are using and I want to make sure that I can actually do make the transition from computation to more advanced concepts. I know my explanation is vague but I suppose it can be best summed up by Terence Tao's http://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/there%E2%80%99s-more-to-mathematics-than-rigour-and-proofs/" post. I'm concerned about being ready to make the transition from stage one to stage two. Any help would be appreciated.

(I know I post on this forum quite often. I'm terribly sorry! I did a search and nothing on this topic seemed to come up)

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