Math

I have always had a love-hate relationship with math. In grade school I really enjoyed math and seemed to accel at it, until I reached 6th grade and ran into a brick wall known as Mrs. Judd. Quite possibly the worst 6th grade teacher ever, but more on that later. After 6th grade I just didn’t care about math as much, deep down inside some part of me still liked it, but I rarely let that glimmer of math hope shine through. In high school I barely passed Algebra 2, not because it was so hard but because I was more interested in talking to the cute girl next to me.

In college it took me a year to figure out what I was going to major in. Once I made up my mind on what degree to get I was faced with more math…tons of it. The problem was, I hadn’t even looked at an equation in years. I’ll always remember what the lady said after I took the aptitude test before registering for my first classes. She said my reading and writing scores were off the chart (should’ve taken the hint) but I needed some help in math. She informed me that I tested into Math 20. Those of you who know what Math 20 is, please quit laughing, to those of you who don’t, it is essentially very basic multiplication with some addition, subtraction and geometry thrown in. A 6th grader and a guy in a coma could test into math 20.

Nevertheless, I was determined to get a degree so I ventured forth. With some hard work I started to catch on and get it. Once again I found myself loving math and it didn’t hurt that I had a girlfriend and other friends that were quite adept at calculatin’. Jake has always been awesome at math, but what I learned at community college is he is really a kick ass teacher of math. He could explain things way better than my teacher and in such a way that instantly made sense to me. After a year and a half I had progressed from Math 20 all the way up to Calculus. To this day I still cannot believe it. Like a bell curve on green graph paper, my good wave of enjoyable math fell ferociously fast once I hit GFU. I was enrolled in their Computer Science program, happier than a geek in a sea of LCDs that I had completed all the math requirements, when they suddenly decided that all CS majors had to complete Discrete Math. Discrete Math felt like the opposite of every other math I had learned in the previous years. Our teacher would pull numbers out of the air and stick them into equations, graphs didn’t make any sense, and no matter how hard I studied I couldn’t seem to get a grasp of the subject. I barely passed the subject and only because the professor was completely generous on his grading scale.

Discrete math was the last math class I’ve ever taken and unfortunately it was a negative experience. Sometimes I get these crazy thoughts that I’d like to enroll in a math class…….for fun. How pathetic is that? I think that would be like drinking chocolate syrup and draino at the same time. A little bit of enjoyment with alot of burning. The saddest thing to me is that all that glorious knowledge of math my head once held, is now but a memory erased.

There were many math tests I took where I was so frustrated I wanted to rip the test into tiny shreds, I never did but now I wish I would’ve been as creative as some of these kids.

Seems the most logical to me!

I love this, obviously didn’t study.

Best answer ever.

This one cracks me up. I think I did something similar to this on a CS test. When you don’t know, write more.

Too Funny.

6 Comments »

  1. Phil said,

    March 2, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    I had the worst calc teacher of all time. Consider yourself lucky. She only lasted a year.

  2. Jake said,

    March 2, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    I really miss those teaching days… In fact, it’s the main reason I’ve been thinking about going back to graduate school… I can see it now, Professor Jake!

    Though maybe I should just do some tutoring in my spare time or something… or would that just be creepy? I can see it now, creepy tutor Jake!

  3. MathPhil said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

    x is 5 by the way!

  4. Anthony said,

    March 4, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    hahahaha
    Dude, I was laughing so hard at some of those…
    I should have put that kind of crap on my answers in some of my math…
    I friggin love it son…

  5. mego said,

    March 5, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    very hilarious… why did we always get bad math teachers?

  6. momma said,

    March 5, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    Way tooooo funny!! loved em.

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