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Old 02-18-10, 09:26 AM   #1
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I believe I'm an intelligent enough person(probably too smart for my own good) but my math skills are nil. I'm not in school right now but thinking about all the math I'll have to take scares the hell out of me. I think drugs and alcohol may have fried the math using part of my brain. I've actually never been great at math though.

I did purchase this book called Mathematics for the Nonmathematician and hopefully it'll help me. It was actually a very small fraction of the cost of some of those obscenely overpriced text books.
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Old 02-18-10, 06:54 PM   #2
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NO! You don't need much math, depending on the science. Psychology you need intro statistics, and calculus...and pretty much those same math requirements for all the sciences. The difference at my school is how many physics, chem, bio courses you need to take.

Physics might need more math, though. Yes, much more. Two years of it, about.

Calculus is easy. Really. Just make sure you find a really good teacher. Seriously. The only reason I got an A in calculus is because my professor made me feel like I could and should.
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Old 02-18-10, 08:39 PM   #3
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i guess it depends, i dont really think you need math for quantum physics, which is always fun.

i'd say you should be a philosopher...

it'll satisfy the need for thought, and your lack of mathematical ability.




i personally love science but hate math. (i think maybe the pot has to deal with that) just about everyday i try to get my math teacher to explain to me what math is...
his response "you have an 'a' in the class, you know what math is."



no i don't...
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Old 03-09-10, 04:37 PM   #4
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I can't answer that question but often wonder myself. I have dyscalculia but would love to be a zoologist or marine biologist.
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Yeah, you do have to have a good solid understanding of math.
It's NOT about crunching numbers, it's about being able to follow logic. And most science requires a strong understanding of abstract thinking.
And as far as I know, every PHD has to have a solid understanding of statistics. You have to be able to quantify changes in your test subjects.
What is math?
Math is quantifying the way things in this world work.
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Does a sexologist count? (Pun intended.) LOL
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