Mathematics and Confusion

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In the Calculus I - III, the concepts didn't seem so difficult but the highest I would be able to make on an exams would be a high B and a majority of my tests have been lower B's.

But when I got into Linear Algebra, the concepts had the potential of creating headaches and I went through class with "absolute confusion" however, I would get A's on the test (and I'm still continuing that streak and part of the three of our class that usually sets the curve on tests).

What's wrong?
 
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higher level math classes have softer curves. calc I-III was probably filled with math, chemistry, physics majors, and engineers, with a wide range of abilities.

higher math classes usually have only math and sometimes physics majors, and most of them are supposed to know what s going on. so there isn t as much need to curve people down.

i have had very high level math classes where they do not grade you at all. everyone gets an A. the assumption is you wouldn t be there if you weren t very capable.
 

climbhi

Originally posted by lethe
i have had very high level math classes where they do not grade you at all. everyone gets an A. the assumption is you wouldn t be there if you weren t very capable.
Oh man that's so cool, that would be such a releif to just be able to go to class and learn the stuff for learnings sake rather then have to be sweating tests all the time.
 
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Confusionism is considered an intellectual philosophy, you know.

Actually, I believe you may have discovered the beauty of math, if not a more understanding professor and more favorable curves in Linear.
 
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Originally posted by lethe
i have had very high level math classes where they do not grade you at all. everyone gets an A. the assumption is you wouldn t be there if you weren t very capable.

I wish that they did that in my pure maths modules.
 
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Well, it really wasn't an issue of the curve because even without the cruve, I would still manage with an A (I never got an equal distribution of the curve).

I'm just wondering why I do decent on a test I still have self-soubt about but, so so on a test where I could do way better.
 

mathshead

it is this kind of feeling about maths, that make people like me get addicted to maths...it a good feeling!!!!!!!!
 
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Originally posted by Sting
I'm just wondering why I do decent on a test I still have self-doubt about but, so so on a test where I could do way better.
Did you find that the LM or the Calculus tests actually went better? Which did you feel most confident about when you stepped outside the exam?
 

damgo

Stuff just gets a lot harder, and they don't expect the class to understand it as well. I had some advanced phys classes in college where I would finish a test and think, "That's it, I failed. Everything I wrote down was BS... I didn't even understand what half the questions were asking." Then later I would find out I got an A or something. Eventually you get used to this state of constant academic confusion. ;)
 
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Did you find that the LM or the Calculus tests actually went better? Which did you feel most confident about when you stepped outside the exam?
I felt more confident with my Calculus tests. In Linear Algebra, I walk out worried and frustrated. What's strange is that I ended up with the higher of grade (where half the class failed).

Stuff just gets a lot harder, and they don't expect the class to understand it as well. I had some advanced phys classes in college where I would finish a test and think, "That's it, I failed. Everything I wrote down was BS... I didn't even understand what half the questions were asking." Then later I would find out I got an A or something. Eventually you get used to this state of constant academic confusion. ;)
That's my situation. :smile:
 

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