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it reminds me of my most effective day as a high school tutor, once when i wAS TOO TIRED TO DO THE KID'S HOMEWORK FOR HIM, AND HE BEGAN TO DO IT HIMSELF.

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That sort of made me laugh. Just goes to show what people will do when they can not depend on someone else.it reminds me of my most effective day as a high school tutor, once when i wAS TOO TIRED TO DO THE KID'S HOMEWORK FOR HIM, AND HE BEGAN TO DO IT HIMSELF.

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Still waiting - hopefully it is before the dementia kicks in!

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Haha! I laughed too. It's a good point, though!That sort of made me laugh. Just goes to show what people will do when they can not depend on someone else.

I have many years to go before my mind has any sense whatsoever of knowing what I'm doing in math or physics. I feel so confined: it's really exciting to look at others and see what in a few years I should be able to accomplish. Thanks for starting this thread :)

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Anyway, one day I sat in the quiet library basement and told myself I would get a 10 on the next assignment. I used a pen and demanded that my handwriting be perfect, and somehow this caused my brain to forge a new connection with the symbols I was writing. For the first time, I could look directly at written mathematics as if I had gone from being legally blind to having perfect 20/20 vision. I began to interpret all the notation literally, and could see every deductive step in the demonstration. I got a 10, and went on to have a great relationship with that professor.

After that epiphany in the basement my handwriting came from a different place; in my mind, as opposed to from muscle memory in my hand. When I got injured and had to teach class with my non-dominant hand, the students were amazed to no end that I could fill the chalkboard with proofs with my alternate hand without any prior practice. The handwriting looks eerily the same as on the hand I spent dozens of hours "practicing" with in my youth. But practice is nothing, and focus is everything.

P.S. Never belittle the importance of handwriting in math/phys education!

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That was an interesting story Crosson. I too am interested in self-studying some advanced topics in Calculus, so that I ca later pursue some Biophysics courses. I was interested in knowing if you could send me a PM with some of the books you used to teach yourself. Thanks.Taking upper division electromagnetism as a sophomore undergraduate, I had self-studied the multivariable calculus and differential equations, and I was at the top of my class.

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I'll answer this in the thread, in case anyone else cares.I too am interested in self-studying some advanced topics in Calculus, so that I ca later pursue some Biophysics courses. I was interested in knowing if you could send me a PM with some of the books you used to teach yourself. Thanks.

I don't buy books, and as I mentioned I was in the library, so I actually used many different books that had minor variations on these generic titles:

Advanced Calculus

Multivariable Calculus

Introduction to Differential Equations

I read 3-5 books on each of those subjects. There is so much overlap that this is much easier than it sounds. In fact I think that the overlap is necessary to give that well rounded view of the subject that you cannot get from one single book. So my recommendation is to go to a university library and read as many books on the subjects you are interested in as you can.

For Biophysics, I think the introduction to differential equations would be the most applicable, which would open the doors to many other books on applied math.

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Thanks for the answer Crosson.

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