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Old 01-12-2013, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default That age old math question: When will I have to use this :P

Haha! So Finals coming up and kinda worried about math. I'm going to study my butt of during the weekend (With some computer breaks) but I seem to always question myself when will I have to use f(x)=5x^4+8x^2-7x+20 to find the x-intercepts... I know we have to learn it for school but I really do want to know in what career does someone use this? (Because I would stay away from that job ) Haha! Engineer? I want to be a baker/chef not a rocket scientist What do you guys think? Only 2 1/2 more years of hard math thats what my thoughts are
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All the math I learned (besides the basics) my teacher told me pau attention you WILL need this in the future a lot. She was a liar. I NEVER use math.
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Haha! So Finals coming up and kinda worried about math. I'm going to study my butt of during the weekend (With some computer breaks) but I seem to always question myself when will I have to use f(x)=5x^4+8x^2-7x+20 to find the x-intercepts... I know we have to learn it for school but I really do want to know in what career does someone use this? (Because I would stay away from that job ) Haha! Engineer? I want to be a baker/chef not a rocket scientist What do you guys think? Only 2 1/2 more years of hard math thats what my thoughts are
I'm a business major (marketing to be specific). I was told I needed to fully grasp College Algebra in order to function in Business Statistics. I took it over again because of this. I have to wonder though. How often will I need statistics if most marketing research is outsourced? But it's a required course for the degree, so I'm stuck with it. I've been using Khan Academy for some free help when I hit a wall. So far, I've been blessed with a good instructor too. And he happens to teach statistics as well.


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NEVER! You will not need math/history/social studies/art or cursive in the future unless you specialize in something

My best friend moved to England in 7th grade and went to a private school. By 9th grade she got to choose which courses to take and which to drop, to better prepare for her future career
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All the math I learned (besides the basics) my teacher told me pau attention you WILL need this in the future a lot. She was a liar. I NEVER use math.
I know except for basic math I don't think I'm going to need all this other math like finding x-intercepts and factoring things out.

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I'm a business major (marketing to be specific). I was told I needed to fully grasp College Algebra in order to function in Business Statistics. I took it over again because of this. I have to wonder though. How often will I need statistics if most marketing research is outsourced? But it's a required course for the degree, so I'm stuck with it. I've been using Khan Academy for some free help when I hit a wall. So far, I've been blessed with a good instructor too. And he happens to teach statistics as well.



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NEVER! You will not need math/history/social studies/art or cursive in the future unless you specialize in something

My best friend moved to England in 7th grade and went to a private school. By 9th grade she got to choose which courses to take and which to drop, to better prepare for her future career
My french teacher told me about that. I wish I got to do that now. I didnt know what I wanted to be in 9th grade but I do now Or at least somewhere in that direction. Haha! Cursive. The only time I use cursive is when I sign my name and thats it. My english teacher rights in cursive and you can hardly read it.
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I'd say 90% of what you learn in school you never use. Evidenced by the fact that 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' exists. That show isn't an example of children being smarter than adults, it's an example of how much you are taught in school that you never need to know as an adult .

My husband is a computer engineer and even he doesn't use very much complex math. He's getting a second degree in computer science while he works full time as a software developer, and the math class that is required was teaching stuff he never, ever uses at his job.
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It doesn't matter if you use what you learn, the point is to learn HOW to learn, how to focus, how to complete a task, how to study, how to retain information. You are working your brain like a muscle, which will help you later in life no matter what you are doing.
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I know except for basic math I don't think I'm going to need all this other math like finding x-intercepts and factoring things out.
I must mention, that this was my TRIGONOMETRY teacher. Yes, I definitely use trig to direct traffic. LOL.
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I work in a technical field, and use math all the time, but knowing and memorizing forumulaes is not needed. What is needed for me is to UNDERSTAND the relationships and ratios and having a strong grasp of basic arithmetic and understanding the concepts of what the calculations mean, then I don't need no 'stinkin formulas, I can visualize the problem and figure it out myself!

I found math VERY hard in school, because I found that there was no underlying understanding as to WHY we were doing things a certain way. You were suppoosed to just memorize the steps of the calculations.

Once in a working environment, the training I received was showing me why we needed to calculate stuff, and how the different calculations all intermeshed logically, it all became easy and common sense.
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I'd say 90% of what you learn in school you never use. Evidenced by the fact that 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' exists. That show isn't an example of children being smarter than adults, it's an example of how much you are taught in school that you never need to know as an adult .

My husband is a computer engineer and even he doesn't use very much complex math. He's getting a second degree in computer science while he works full time as a software developer, and the math class that is required was teaching stuff he never, ever uses at his job.
Haha! Not a lot of people were smarter than a fifth grader

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It doesn't matter if you use what you learn, the point is to learn HOW to learn, how to focus, how to complete a task, how to study, how to retain information. You are working your brain like a muscle, which will help you later in life no matter what you are doing.
I know. Its a good learning experience on how to learn and how to remember important information. Its very good workout (for your brain)

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I must mention, that this was my TRIGONOMETRY teacher. Yes, I definitely use trig to direct traffic. LOL.
Haha!

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I work in a technical field, and use math all the time, but knowing and memorizing forumulaes is not needed. What is needed for me is to UNDERSTAND the relationships and ratios and having a strong grasp of basic arithmetic and understanding the concepts of what the calculations mean, then I don't need no 'stinkin formulas, I can visualize the problem and figure it out myself!

I found math VERY hard in school, because I found that there was no underlying understanding as to WHY we were doing things a certain way. You were suppoosed to just memorize the steps of the calculations.

Once in a working environment, the training I received was showing me why we needed to calculate stuff, and how the different calculations all intermeshed logically, it all became easy and common sense.
Ugh the formulas! I hate them! Thats nice to know that once you find a reason why you needed to calculate things that you found it easier than in school.
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