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    Lightbulb Math Lessons: A Waste Of Time??

    having spent countless years of our lives learning do you feel it was worth learning maths.

    im not talking about the simple things ie addition subtracting etc.

    i've never used algebra or pi's theory etc. just the simple things.

    i think its fat waste of time being forced at gun point to learn the more advanced forms of maths if you don't intend to use them in life...

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    Learning maths at school is a means to an end- passing your maths exam! so no its not a waste of time. Maths is used in everything. I dont like maths myslef, the majority of people dont but it is important.

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    i always wondered why we needed to learn differentiation and integration, now in my second year of my chem degree, i'm glad i did, it makes understanding where some equations and theories come from so much more simple.

    Stick with it, you never know when u're going to need it, till you do, then u'll wish u'd stuck at it!

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    No maths is not a waste of time, its used every where when you go shopping you use algebra to work out if a multipack of 6 cans at 1.99 is better or worse value than 6 cans at 42p each, You may not realise you are doing a lot of these things, but i personally think that its all inbuilt.

    I agree that different people are good at different things, but personally believe that algebra and maths in general is an absolute requirement for kids.

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    My job is very unmaths related but occasionaly I do find it useful that I can perform simultanious equations, most of the maths I know (a level) I dont regret learning.

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    Maths is very important in my part-time course. If you want to become a software developer maths is an integral part of it. I never thought i'd use it for anything but i regret it now.

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    You may not be using maths in your job, but if you are using a car, tv, radio, computer, just about any electronic/mechanical product your using something that required maths in it's production, even the plastic for a comb has used maths in it's creation. It's also used in business, it's used everywhere.

    At school and college they teach you a bit of everything, because at that age do you really know what you want to be doing for the rest of you life? (I wanted to be a Super Hero )
    Even at degree level most courses are structured to cover a broad spectrum of possible careers, I did a BEng in Electrical Engineering (Computer Communications) and even though I may never use the maths I learnt again in my life I bet someone off that course will.

    And at the very least it shows that you have the ability to understand the core principles, it's the same as learning History, English, Science it's all about learning how the world works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilbod
    And at the very least it shows that you have the ability to understand the core principles, it's the same as learning History, English, Science it's all about learning how the world works.
    Very aptly put mate. I still use the odd bit of what I learned, but that's not to say the whole experience wasnt enjoyable. It's the thirst for knowlege that drives us on.
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    As a nurse, maths comes into drug rounds... u need to know about grams and miligrams, micrograms, litres and mililetres and their differences and how much is in each one. Most tablets come ready to dispense, but sometimes u get medication that needs working out... a really simple one would be 500 mg tablets and prescription is 250mg, how much would be needed? half a tablet! Thats easy, but some of them arent


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    A2 maths really sucks.....but Ill be glad when its over

    Quote Originally Posted by Elmo
    i always wondered why we needed to learn differentiation and integration, now in my second year of my chem degree, i'm glad i did, it makes understanding where some equations and theories come from so much more simple.

    Stick with it, you never know when u're going to need it, till you do, then u'll wish u'd stuck at it!
    what sort of diff/integ do you do ?

    is it just numbers? because i can do that, but when you get to A2 maths and they expect you to integrate crap like e^tan squared, its a bit silly
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    After saying all that above I could never get my head around complex numbers, or ( i ) imaginary numbers, the square root of -1 to be exact, if it's imaginary then it doesn't really exsit, how can it be used to....

    Arrrgh!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Swafeman
    A2 maths really sucks.....but Ill be glad when its over



    what sort of diff/integ do you do ?

    is it just numbers? because i can do that, but when you get to A2 maths and they expect you to integrate crap like e^tan squared, its a bit silly

    it's usually differentiation of numbers and/or terms. So far it's not with trig, but that's probably due to the small number of people who carried on with maths above higher level.

    As for complex numbers, i loved them. Yeah, they're imaginary and you cant get root -1 on the calculator, but you just have to forget about that and tell yourself that the maths works and it's easy! that was about the only thing (aside from matrices) that got me through my first year maths course in uni

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilbod
    After saying all that above I could never get my head around complex numbers, or ( i ) imaginary numbers, the square root of -1 to be exact, if it's imaginary then it doesn't really exsit, how can it be used to....

    Arrrgh!

    If imaginary numbers didn't exist then neither would electricity.
    To be fair though, the hardest thing you learn at GCSE is probably simultaneous equations(useful in everyday life), and then after that you don't have to worry about it.

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    I think it's worth learning for two things - it shows you can get your head round it and pass an exam, thus proving you're not entirely stoopid, and it also becomes ingrained in you, you'll find yourself countless times performing maths in your head throughout your life.

    I hated Maths at School, took me four attempts to pass GCSE, but later, taking an electronics course, I found it interesting. I actually learnt how to use all those buttons with funny symbols on a scientific calculator.

    Have probably forgotten it all now though

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