How much math have you learned?

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How much math have you learned?

dv8 dv8
This discussion "Anybody else hate math?" makes me wonder what standard math education includes. What areas of math have you studied?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
arithmetic
55
prealgebra (percents, square roots, factorization)
56
algebra (variables, quadratic formula)
63
geometry
61
advanced algebra/precalculus (systems of multiple equations, logarithms)
51
probability & statistics
43
logic
26
differential calculus
25
integral calculus
24
multivariable & vector calculus (div, grad, curl and all that)
17
linear algebra (e.g. linear transformations, eigenvalues)
21
ordinary differential equations
18
partial differential equations
16
any non-Euclidean geometry, topology
5
group/ring/field theory
6
number theory
10
combinatorics, discrete math
7
mathematical analysis
8
operations research
5
other
11
Total votes: 528 (85 voters)
Poll is closed
10/04/2012
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spookycutie spookycutie
Just because I took the classes doesn't mean I learned it, lol. I picked "other" because really, I've only got the basics down...Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division! Oh and of course fractions.
10/04/2012
<3BF <3BF
I agree with spookycutie in that I haven't retained much math after I stopped using it. I'm not unfamiliar with most of the math listed as I've taken classes up to and including calculus and statistics, and even though I've done well in those classes I haven't used most of it post-college and only really need basic algebra (or a calculator) in my day-to-day activities.
10/04/2012
Shayla Shayla
honestly, I learned several different types of math in school and 85% of it I will never ever use again
10/04/2012
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by spookycutie
Just because I took the classes doesn't mean I learned it, lol. I picked "other" because really, I've only got the basics down...Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division! Oh and of course fractions.
Well, for "other", I meant other subjects of abstract or applied math since I wasn't about to list every undergrad subject and beyond. Addition etc. is just arithmetic.
10/04/2012
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by Shayla
honestly, I learned several different types of math in school and 85% of it I will never ever use again
At some point, the specific "type" of math becomes stops being the focus and what becomes important are problem solving skills, abstraction and the ability to read/write formal proofs.

I've noticed that levels of math proficiency and perspectives of the "usefulness" of math divide people into four groups: people who know arithmetic and prealgebra, people who have mastered algebra and know high school math somewhat, people who have a good grasp of calculus, and people who have studied enough abstract math post-calculus to realize that most math doesn't involve solving equations.
10/04/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
From Jr. High-College, I had: simple math (addition, subraction, multiplication, division), pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry/pre-calcu lus (where I went to school they were combined into one class), college algebra, and symbolic logic (like math, but with words. I tutored it for a while), in that order.

I haven't used much after college except for basic math and some algebra. Occasionally I have to pull out the geometry.
10/04/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I'm in Calc I right now and have to take Calc II next year. I HATE it! Differentials are kicking my butt! D:
10/04/2012
Melan!e Melan!e
Ive taken linear algebra, Cal 1 and Cal 2. That's more than enough for me. I'll never take another math class again!
10/04/2012
sugar&spikes sugar&spikes
algebra
10/04/2012
RedKyuubi RedKyuubi
Calculus
10/04/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Statistics, calculus, and logic at least. It's come in handy in odd times
10/04/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
This discussion "Anybody else hate math?" makes me wonder what standard math education includes. What areas of math have you studied?
Not enough because I can't do much. Hate math!
10/04/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I took precalc in high school. I hate math so I only took the basic college math class that covered a little bit of everything just to get my math credit. I'm good at math, it's just so boring.
10/04/2012
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
I have to use a lot of stats for daily use. I may or may not teach Biostats in the future - depends on course load/enrollment.
10/04/2012
Avant-garde Avant-garde
I have studied, logic, discrete math and Calculus but I still don't really understand calculus.
10/04/2012
spineyogurt spineyogurt
Up to clac 2
10/04/2012
Ex-prude Ex-prude
I stopped at calculus I. My major doesn't require any further math.
10/04/2012
Leather & Lace Leather & Lace
I hate math!
10/04/2012
SaiDiscordia SaiDiscordia
I stopped at Calculus in high school, but went up to college algebra in college (obviously) since that is the highest my major requires. Should have taken the AP test in school to skip math in college.
10/04/2012
loveme loveme
Let's just say I am the worst person to go to about a math question. I hate math, always have. And I am horrible with it. Once I got to decimals, percentage, and fractions, I stopped trying lol.
10/04/2012
xMila xMila
Up to calculus 2.
10/04/2012
tortilla tortilla
can't remember
10/04/2012
junipersgame junipersgame
Quote:
Originally posted by Shayla
honestly, I learned several different types of math in school and 85% of it I will never ever use again
Unfortunately, I agree with this. Even as a biologist who has to run statistical analyses on data, there are computer programs around to do all the "heavy lifting" for me.
10/04/2012
married with children married with children
I stopped at calculus, the teacher was so boring and talked in a mono tone. I could not stay awake and did not learn anything in the class. I gave up after that class.
10/04/2012
Pi Pi
Ok, I know I am out of left field here. I took math courses (a BS mathematics of computing, and debated about a masters) because that always came easily to me but I have to work at the computer science and engineering courses I wanted to be good at.

After school though I realized that no-one knows that stuff. They look it up and usually just plug values into a predetermined equation.

Theory is for academics
10/04/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
This discussion "Anybody else hate math?" makes me wonder what standard math education includes. What areas of math have you studied?
The last math classes I took involved some complex analysis, topology, number theory and group theory. I don't really hate math, but I don't like it either. It's more of a tool than a passion.
10/04/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
At some point, the specific "type" of math becomes stops being the focus and what becomes important are problem solving skills, abstraction and the ability to read/write formal proofs.

I've noticed that levels of math proficiency ...
I did undergrad as a math major. The math department I was in was considered one of the best math department in the world. None of the math I did during the 4 years involved solving equations. It was highly theoretical. I really didn't enjoy the whole process at all. Though, I could understand why some had passion for it. I just wasn't in the right place. I really should have gone to Berkeley for Engineering
10/04/2012
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
I've learned several types of math, but honestly, I hate it all.
10/05/2012
marshmallow marshmallow
precalc -_-
10/05/2012
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Unique posters: 57