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Journal Journal: The day the math died. 1

I doubt there is anyone out there who knows I exist. I don't really make my presence known. But I'm always looking for people that I can gleem information from... and if not that at least starting points.

I started out as a CS major at UT Dallas, and failed miserably, not because I wasn't smart, more than likely because I didn't apply myself, but more than that a lot of what I was trying to grab a hold of was what illuded me.

I passed my AP calculus test and that actually came in handy later, but I made a D in calculus, I blame it on my ability to study and my inability to do trig. My second major failing was in Computer Science. Something so extremely simple as freshman level C++ but again I had no where to begin. I'm very good at math once I got past the algebraic hump of freshman year in high school. (It's tough to be able to look at 47x + 5 = 24 and know the answer without knowing the steps.) But I never felt like I was taught those very very basic steps in C++ about what programming did (I understand it more now) but I was drowning in something I didn't understand.

Really the point of me telling anyone this is that if there is any book that discusses trig as a subject rather than a series of functions I'd love to kick that back into high gear.

I hate getting stuck with inaccuracies of "that looks right" whenever I know there is an equation to "make it right"


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