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Well, they'd better get learning how to draw information out of a lecture if they ever want to amount to anything. Because no one's going to hold their hand in college. Maybe I'm biased because in the private schools I attended from 5th to 8th grade there were no group projects or 'hands on' learning, we sat at our desks every day, listened to lectures, and took notes for every subject from Latin to Mathematics. It seemed to work fairly well.
As a returning college student who admittedly stinks at Math and is going to school with the intent of becoming a History teacher, I'd like to offer my two cents.

In observing your conversation, your comments seem especially biased to your particular method of learning and for your particularly high level of Mathematics.

Based on your comments, you're obviously well versed in Mathematics and have no difficulty performing advanced calculations that most of the population would never dream of attempting.

Papist teaches High School Freshmen. They are no where near your level of achievement. Their brains have not finished fully developing, nor have they had the years of education and experience you have. Furthermore, everyone has different styles of learning that work best for them. A good teacher is cognisant of this, and tries to meet his students needs to the best of his ability. Some students (such as yourself) do very well with nothing more than a lecture. Others need more hands on work, and large amounts of homework is required for them to really "get" the concept.

I can understand what you are saying about lectures, as this is how I learn best when it comes to History. I can listen to a lecture or read a book once, and my mind absorbs it like a sponge. I can see the events play out like a movie in my mind. For me, History just "clicks" and I don't understand why anyone else wouldn't find it fascinating.

When it comes to math however, my mind turns to concrete. It took me five hours to complete one stupid Algebra homework assignment today! (I'm sure you think I'm an idiot, but at least I'm willing to admit my faults.) I listen to the lectures, I take copious notes, but until I sit down to try to work out the problems, I just don't get the concept. (I hate myself for it!)

There is much to be said about Papist's comments about the quality of a College Professor versus a High School teacher.

My college professor has his doctorate in Mathematics and has 27 years experience at Bell Labs. He's obviously a bright man. He has a firm grasp of the material, and begins every lesson with "If you understand this, this is easy, but if you don't, this is hard."

Well no kidding! (If we understood it, we wouldn't be in the class!)

Although as a person he is a very nice man, he is a HORRIBLE teacher. For the first 4 weeks he used nothing but power point presentations until the class yelled at him enough for him to stop.

He can't understand why anyone would have any difficulty with mathematics, and is completely opposed to explain alternative methods to solving problems.

Maybe I'm just being a "baby" and need to suck it up and deal with it, but as someone who is paying for her education herself, I want a teacher who actually is interested in teaching the material, not just repeating what is written in the book.

The point of all this is, that it is great that you understand math so easily, but you should be aware that others are not as fortunate as yourself when it comes to comprehending mathematics.
 

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If SolEX01 has 5,165 posts, how many posts does he need for 5,500 posts.

Let x represent the number of posts SolEX01 needs.

Now, add x to 5,165 to obtain the expression 5,165 + x.

Set the expression equal to 5,500:

5,165 + x = 5,500

To solve for x, the equation has to be balanced.  To do so, subtract 5,165 from each side.

5,165 + x - 5,165 = 5,500 - 5,165

5,165 - 5,165 = 0.  By the zero identity, anything added to 0 remains unchanged.

x + 0 = x

Next, subtract 5,165 from 5,500 to obtain 335.

Therefore, x = 335 and SolEX01 needs 335 posts to obtain the next level.  ;)

If anyone needs this expanded analysis for anything else, send a PM.  :)
 

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Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
cool!  thanks for the link
 

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SolEX01 said:
If SolEX01 has 5,165 posts, how many posts does he need for 5,500 posts.

Let x represent the number of posts SolEX01 needs.

Now, add x to 5,165 to obtain the expression 5,165 + x.

Set the expression equal to 5,500:

5,165 + x = 5,500

To solve for x, the equation has to be balanced.  To do so, subtract 5,165 from each side.

5,165 + x - 5,165 = 5,500 - 5,165

5,165 - 5,165 = 0.  By the zero identity, anything added to 0 remains unchanged.

x + 0 = x

Next, subtract 5,165 from 5,500 to obtain 335.

Therefore, x = 335 and SolEX01 needs 335 posts to obtain the next level.   ;)

If anyone needs this expanded analysis for anything else, send a PM.   :)

Suddenly I hear Tom Lehrer in my memory singing "New Math"

"Hooray for new math,
New-hoo-hoo-math,
It won't do you a bit of good to review math.
It's so simple,
So very simple,
That only a child can do it!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfqSTfTwJE8  for those who might enjoy hearing him perform his song.

 

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SolEX01 said:
serb1389 said:
are you talking about yourself?
No, this thread.  :laugh:
I don't know if I want to get to 7,500 posts before the end of the 2010's when the nanobots would have gotten to me by then.
This thread certainly has grown quickly.  One minute, you're counting beers on the wall and ringing in 2006 with a push to 100,000... next minute, the thread's all grown and is overweight with its own child threads and all.  *sniffle* Where has the time gone?
 

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Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
 

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Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
It may not be so mysterious. Danish scientists recently discovered that if you sit a bucket of fluid on a turntable and spin it rapidly, geometric polygons appear in the centre of the vortex. The faster the spin, the more sides the polygon has. No one noticed this before because no one bothered to look.
http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=2531



 

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Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
...until the exotic women pass by... :D
 

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Fr. George said:
SolEX01 said:
serb1389 said:
are you talking about yourself?
No, this thread.   :laugh:
I don't know if I want to get to 7,500 posts before the end of the 2010's when the nanobots would have gotten to me by then.
This thread certainly has grown quickly.  One minute, you're counting beers on the wall and ringing in 2006 with a push to 100,000... next minute, the thread's all grown and is overweight with its own child threads and all.  *sniffle* Where has the time gone?
We're approaching 400,000 posts.  Better take out the Kleenex.  :)
 

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I just realized that I've been on this forum for 7 years!  I joined on December 11, 2002 according to my profile.  

Golly, where did the time go?  

Thanks for the memories.  

( and I may have started this thread nearly 4 years ago, but it's the superior posting skills of others who have made it what it is today.  But it's not some kind of dastardly Anglican plot  ;D  )

 

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Ebor said:
I just realized that I've been on this forum for 7 years!  I joined on December 11, 2002 according to my profile.  

Golly, where did the time go?  

Thanks for the memories.   ;)
Thank YOU for Random Postings- the longest thread in forum history probably!
 

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minasoliman said:
Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
...until the exotic women pass by... :D
Either way, it is still about heavenly bodies.
 

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DavidH said:
minasoliman said:
Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
...until the exotic women pass by... :D
Either way, it is still about heavenly bodies.
Or 1980's Madonna songs.
 
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ozgeorge said:
Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
It may not be so mysterious. Danish scientists recently discovered that if you sit a bucket of fluid on a turntable and spin it rapidly, geometric polygons appear in the centre of the vortex. The faster the spin, the more sides the polygon has. No one noticed this before because no one bothered to look.
http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=2531

And how much money was needed to fund this little experiement?
 

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DavidH said:
minasoliman said:
Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
...until the exotic women pass by... :D
Either way, it is still about heavenly bodies.
:D
 

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HandmaidenofGod said:
ozgeorge said:
Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
It may not be so mysterious. Danish scientists recently discovered that if you sit a bucket of fluid on a turntable and spin it rapidly, geometric polygons appear in the centre of the vortex. The faster the spin, the more sides the polygon has. No one noticed this before because no one bothered to look.
http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=2531

And how much money was needed to fund this little experiement?
Absolutely nothing! It was discovered by accident.
 

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ozgeorge said:
HandmaidenofGod said:
ozgeorge said:
Fr. George said:
Nebelpfade said:
Behold, the mighty hexagon of Saturn:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/saturn-hexagon/
Still beautiful & mysterious.  To find that, many guys look for exotic women; NASA guys look for persistent weather patterns on other planets.
It may not be so mysterious. Danish scientists recently discovered that if you sit a bucket of fluid on a turntable and spin it rapidly, geometric polygons appear in the centre of the vortex. The faster the spin, the more sides the polygon has. No one noticed this before because no one bothered to look.
http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=2531

And how much money was needed to fund this little experiement?
Absolutely nothing! It was discovered by accident.
That's kind of incredible actually, that no one has ever noticed it before.  I wonder what happens when you flush the toilet....(as he runs to the toilet)....
 

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Ebor said:
Golly, where did the time go? 
Too many beers, huh?

Ebor said:
Thanks for the memories. 
No, thank you!

Ebor said:
( and I may have started this thread nearly 4 years ago, but it's the superior posting skills of others who have made it what it is today. 
But every good project needs a great start - you should still get lots of credit.

Ebor said:
But it's not some kind of dastardly Anglican plot  ;D  )
Says the dastardly Anglican plotter... I'm skeptical ;)
 
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