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by goomba25
Thu May 10, 2012 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Anyway, with around one thousand native speakers, the most widely spoken conlang is hardly a pure failure. 1,000, 100 years post-inception? In a world of near 7,000,000,000? Are you serious? I'm serious. Not only are there still speakers of it a hundred years later, there are freakin' NATIVE SPEAKE...
by goomba25
Thu May 10, 2012 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Anyway, with around one thousand native speakers, the most widely spoken conlang is hardly a pure failure. 1,000, 100 years post-inception? In a world of near 7,000,000,000? Are you serious? I'm serious. Not only are there still speakers of it a hundred years later, there are freakin' NATIVE SPEAKE...
by goomba25
Thu May 10, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Роберт wrote:Anyway, with around one thousand native speakers, the most widely spoken conlang is hardly a pure failure.

1,000, 100 years post-inception? In a world of near 7,000,000,000? Are you serious? What's your criteria, that it still exists?
by goomba25
Thu May 10, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

I think there is no "proud of not learning music/cooking/foreign language" because nobody stigmatizes you as 'stupid' because you can't play an instrument, or you can't bake a cake, or you don't speak a foreign language . What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What ...
by goomba25
Wed May 09, 2012 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Hmmm... irony. Where's that old webcomic again? Ah, here it is. But while I am convinced I'm right and you are wrong, this is no place for such a discussion. I see your oatmeal and raise you a PhD . But while we're at the Oatmeal, we might as well bring this up. Seriously, for all the debate betwee...
by goomba25
Wed May 09, 2012 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

There are probably millions of students across the nation who are enrolled in high school algebra but cannot perform simple addition and subtraction. Given the horrors I hear about the US education system and the difficulties that high school seniors have in passing exit exams based on 8th grade ma...
by goomba25
Tue May 08, 2012 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

And every time I throw something into the wind I think "roughly 35 degrees for maximum distance!" Why 35 degrees? Shouldn't it be 45 degrees? Wind resistance. See, I'd win every snowball fight, all thanks to calculus! :D You're lucky you're not a physicist: http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot...
by goomba25
Tue May 08, 2012 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

OK, but are you an engineer? Or are you a human ? (Or are we dancer!) I really do think you are fooling yourself. You would be INCAPABLE of having this discussion without your knowledge of calculus. I suppose ignorance can be bliss but I don't think it is in this case. If I hadn't been retaking cal...
by goomba25
Tue May 08, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

2) OK, let's try this "Is my life better because I took know higher math?" Still no. Not only does my field not use it at all, I believe that a vast majority of its members aren't even aware that it underlies many of the formulas and tools that are used because that level of understanding...
by goomba25
Tue May 08, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Rather than asking "How often do I use higher math in my daily life?" I think a better question would be "Is my life better because I took higher math?" You are fooling yourself if you think the answer is no (I don't think anyone here would say that). While I don't do calculus p...
by goomba25
Tue May 08, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

rise over run may be a derivative of a linear equation but you don't have to actually do any differential calculus. Yes, you're doing calculus, even if it wasn't learned as such. Math that ordinary people use in the real world often comes without intimidating labels. That doesn't mean the label are...
by goomba25
Sat May 05, 2012 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

This list has caused me no shortage of grief over the span of 8 semesters. Lacking the ability to retaliate against ephemeral concepts, my only recourse is to discard them as soon as possible. I feel like there is some unwarranted conflation here between anger at being forced to do something unnece...
by goomba25
Sat May 05, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

It's part of general American anti-intellectualism to be proud of inability to think. Inability to think and irrelevant subjects are two different things...Let people focus on their individual strengths. It's not a problem not to know something that isn't relevant to you. It is a problem to be prou...
by goomba25
Fri May 04, 2012 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

There's a big gap between proud and ashamed. There's also a big gap between a person saying they're ashamed at not knowing something, and actually being ashamed to do something about it. All too often, I encounter people with the attitude that a person can say the words and be immune from further c...
by goomba25
Fri May 04, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

...but I still can't calculate an integral. I'm not even sure what an integral is, actually. An integral is the area contained within a shape. Whereas earlier classes taught you to find the area of shapes defined by straight lines or perfect shapes (circle), an integral allows you to find the area ...
by goomba25
Fri May 04, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78576

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Somewhere I've read that the basic math came back when a person needed to take their GREs. Having taken the test within the last 5 years, I can say that yes, some of the basic math (algebra, geometry, trig) was on the exam. HOWEVER, that is not why I scored in the 89th percentile. My success is owed...

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