Q:I don't like Calculus already. It's Day One. I'm worried about how this "don't like" will gradually turn into "hate" and "fear"...whhhhhy do you like it?
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. When people ask me about it, I tell them that algebra and trig are simple but hard, and calculus is complicated but easy (At least first semester. BC is a different matter.) By that I mean that math until now has been simple concepts and difficult problems, whereas calculus is difficult concepts and relatively manageable problems. It takes a while to understand the concepts, because a lot of the ideas are really abstract, like infinite limits and infinite series. But there will be some point for each section that the idea will “click” in your head, and suddenly you’ll fly through the derivatives. In my opinion, this semester is a lot more doable and a lot more interesting than trig. (But don’t forget the unit circle and basic definitions/Pythagorean identities or it’ll come back to bite you in the ass.) Limits feel kind of slow and tedious, but when you get to derivatives you suddenly understand why it’s important. I’d say that a lot of people in my class were genuinely excited on the day we first talked about derivatives.
Plus, I’m always available if you need help :)
Life’s getting too hard. Time to be a cat.
My parents got me an anemometer for Hanukkah. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
Take all the courage you have left,
Wasted on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head.
But it was not your fault, but mine,
And it was your heart on the line.
I really fucked it up this time, didn’t I, my dear?
“Little Lion Man”, Mumford and Sons