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I use math every day. mainly basic type stuff. Lots of geometry, some trig, huge amounts of ratios... nothing outside the relm of high school stuff. (I do engineering for injection molding)

i really enjoy math, and I have no problem "mimicking the teacher". By that, I have no problem rememebering order of ops, how to manipulate forumlas, move numbers around, etc. But honestly ... I don't feel like in all my math learnings, That I actually learned anything. (other than how to move numbers around in formulas)

Now I only made it to trig 2, so maybe its just that I didn't get get far enough into, but I almost felt like i was struggling because, while, I could do the calculations, I didnt "feel" like I knew what the numbers i was manipulating related to. Does that make sense?

To me, its almost like this... We have done a great job quanitifying gravity. We can tell you how far/fast a ball falls... but what math "explains" why gravity works the way it does? (i know this is more physics related, but just an example) it "feels," to me, like there is another side to math that I am just missing... quantitative, vs qualitative maybe? Anyway, I want to go back to school as a math major.. i want to learn everything i can about the base, before i do graduate studies in advanced simulations and physics... but I want to make sure the issue I am having with math now, will resolve itself, and "open up" to me so to speak.maybe its just me...