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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Ok so the title is a bit of an over-kill, but seriously sometimes I feel like when I'm doing math my brain is like a calculator. (though no where near as efficient of course)

I'm able to work a solution based on what I'm given, but I'm just a number cruncher, and I don't seem to understand what the consequences of my equations really mean alot of the time. You give me some numbers or whatever and I punch them in and give you the answer.

But the concept and underlying processes of whats occuring with the numbers or letters in the equation sometimes is not always visible to me, I just do what I know the rules are for what I'm trying to solve, as if you typed in a problem on a calculator.

I'm a numbers person, and I seem to be able to manipulate numbers and equations very quickly but I have alot of trouble conceptualizing those numbers to a particular phenomena or situation. It hasn't been a hindrance to me yet in my education, as high school physics isn't particularly hard to get a grasp of, but I'm concerned about university where I'm sure I'll be asked to relate mathematics to real world situations rather then just a set of problems on a sheet of paper.

what I'd like to know is, is this a common thing amongst people who enjoy math and physics, to be better at either one or the other? (E.g. conceptualizing and analysing, equating and manipulating numbers ect)

I'm able to work a solution based on what I'm given, but I'm just a number cruncher, and I don't seem to understand what the consequences of my equations really mean alot of the time. You give me some numbers or whatever and I punch them in and give you the answer.

But the concept and underlying processes of whats occuring with the numbers or letters in the equation sometimes is not always visible to me, I just do what I know the rules are for what I'm trying to solve, as if you typed in a problem on a calculator.

I'm a numbers person, and I seem to be able to manipulate numbers and equations very quickly but I have alot of trouble conceptualizing those numbers to a particular phenomena or situation. It hasn't been a hindrance to me yet in my education, as high school physics isn't particularly hard to get a grasp of, but I'm concerned about university where I'm sure I'll be asked to relate mathematics to real world situations rather then just a set of problems on a sheet of paper.

what I'd like to know is, is this a common thing amongst people who enjoy math and physics, to be better at either one or the other? (E.g. conceptualizing and analysing, equating and manipulating numbers ect)