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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Is it just me or is math not really math until at least Calculus, or even later? I remember when I took calculus over a decade ago I was amazed at how much I loved the topic and how well I did at it, considering I was not majoring in math or sciences at the time.

My pre-calculus teacher, (who is fantastic), mentioned to us today that she did not even like math until calculus, at which point "it all started to make sense."

She said this as we have been working on trig identities. Trig is dull. Mind bendingly dull. I am not sure why I can explain why I prefer algebra to trig and why I prefer calculus to both. I remember really liking geometry in high school but for some reason trig does not do it for me.

I am a math major at present though the real work does not start until I get out of calc II. Simultaneously with Calc III I can take differential equations and bridge to abstract math (which I think is a kind of lead in for Linear algebra). I have a stellar astronomy and cosmology class right now which feeds some of my thirst for math and science but really don't do much for my degree (unless I add a physics major, which I might). Other than that it's humanities. I have a better time in my film studies class analyzing Citizen Kane than I am in my math class.

(Which takes place in a building on campus that looks like a serial killer hideout from "Criminal minds." It also has those tiny desk/chair contraptions you have to stuff yourself into, and is full of freshmen, so I feel like I am in high school. Except now instead of gawking at the girls I am thinking "geeze, get some clothes on.")

Is my disdain for the earlier topics (such as trigonometry) likely to cause a problem later? It's not that I don't understand the material, it's that I do not really care about it so much.

Pardon the slightly indulgent rant.

-M

My pre-calculus teacher, (who is fantastic), mentioned to us today that she did not even like math until calculus, at which point "it all started to make sense."

She said this as we have been working on trig identities. Trig is dull. Mind bendingly dull. I am not sure why I can explain why I prefer algebra to trig and why I prefer calculus to both. I remember really liking geometry in high school but for some reason trig does not do it for me.

I am a math major at present though the real work does not start until I get out of calc II. Simultaneously with Calc III I can take differential equations and bridge to abstract math (which I think is a kind of lead in for Linear algebra). I have a stellar astronomy and cosmology class right now which feeds some of my thirst for math and science but really don't do much for my degree (unless I add a physics major, which I might). Other than that it's humanities. I have a better time in my film studies class analyzing Citizen Kane than I am in my math class.

(Which takes place in a building on campus that looks like a serial killer hideout from "Criminal minds." It also has those tiny desk/chair contraptions you have to stuff yourself into, and is full of freshmen, so I feel like I am in high school. Except now instead of gawking at the girls I am thinking "geeze, get some clothes on.")

Is my disdain for the earlier topics (such as trigonometry) likely to cause a problem later? It's not that I don't understand the material, it's that I do not really care about it so much.

Pardon the slightly indulgent rant.

-M