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Old 05-27-2017, 11:59 AM   #41
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I've never seen that show , don't watch much TV but it sounds funny

It’s a good show, but you have to watch it long enough to learn the personalities of the characters to really get the best out of the show. It pokes fun at a whole spectrum of stuff. Research Grants for universities, the immaturity and pettiness of College administrators and professors, the difficulty “brilliant” people have in fitting in with “normal” people. Penny is the only “normal” one in the show. Sheldon is the most eccentric.

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I have always thought they should restest high school graduates at 36 years old. On the theory they had as much time to use what they learned as it took them to learn it, and the things they failed at would be the things they never needed, and forgot.

I actually used algebra in electronics tech school. by the time we reached the limits of my knowledge all of the students that would fail because they could not do the math were gone. After that, we never did math again. I concluded that the math was a filter to reduce the number of potential graduates.

I used trig when I was learning how to program computers and fly airplanes. I wrote a program to calculate a vector when dealing with crosswinds. never used trig again.

I have never seen a quadratic equation in the real world, never known anyone who ever worked one out of math class, and would not recognize one if I saw it running around. Still waiting for an explanation for why that was necessary.

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I worked at a NASA tracking station for 15 years. Imagine 32 brilliant but decidedly weird people in one building. Interesting people, interesting parking lot, bizarre fashion sense, incomprehensible senses of humor.



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I used algebra and trig in accident investigation. Would have been damn handy to know more about physics as well.

Used both in avionics in the Air Force.

Mathematics is the language if science. If you don't "speak" math, you'll never understand science,

Now that I'm retired, I would love to be able to understand more about science, but I don;t "speak" enough of the language.

Try to understand quantum mechanics sometime, or even aerodymanics if you can't understand the math.
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It’s early exercise and training for the mind. Helps with clarity of thinking and logical thought-processing throughout life.

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this statement was falsified by the recent election and subsequent behavior, or they stopped teaching it.
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this statement was falsified by the recent election and subsequent behavior, or they stopped teaching it.
No, that was PROVEN when Hitler-ee lost!
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I have never seen a quadratic equation in the real world, never known anyone who ever worked one out of math class, and would not recognize one if I saw it running around. Still waiting for an explanation for why that was necessary.
I used it to determine the relationship between total pressure and static pressure in a compressible flow pipeline...
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When i was in engineering school, I had to take differential equations. Thought it was going to be a completely useless waste of time, that as a construction engineer I would never see in the real world, and said so to my prof.

First job out of school was paving project on a twenty six mile section of freeway. We were having trouble meeting the "smoothness profile". Oft didn't meet, we had to grind to correct it. If the grinding didn't work, we had to repave. Both of which are expensive, and came right out of the profits.

I'm tasked with figuring out how to fix the problem. Turned out, the reaction of the paving machine to changes in the , was a damped sinusoidal curve (a first order differential equation). And the hop induced in the rollers, from that produces a surface that is a second order differential equation.

As hard as it was, I swallowed my pride, and wrote my prof, a letter of apology.

The real lesson to be learned is that the world is frequently best described by mathematics. The more math you know, the better you understand the world, and the more math you see in your daily life.


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