All my life, I've hated math. Despised it, actually. I was your typical free-spirited kid—I liked to draw, read, and paint. By that, I mean my family's garage wall was covered in drawings because the fridge wasn't big enough, I had read The Count of Monte Cristo (1400 pages) in 8th grade, and I was making my own egg tempera paint in 6th grade. Yeah, I may not have been NORMAL in the traditional sense of the term. Anyway, I did poorly in math. I think the best grade I ever got in a math class was a B+, and that was the one year in high school when I excused myself from the honors program. My college has an open curriculum, so naturally, when I graduated high school, I promised myself that I would never take another math class again. And yet here I am. Doing my Calculus II homework at 2 AM. And enjoying it.
All right. Let me explain why math isn't as terrible as you think.
1. You never have to defend your standpoint. a(b+c) will always equal ab+ac. Its mind won't change depending on its socioeconomic standpoint.
2. This comic.
3. Sometimes your teachers don't suck! Sucky match teachers might have been my main problem in high school, actually. I don't even remember who my sophomore math teacher was. Probably shouldn't have slept through that class so often.
4. Sometimes your Calc II professor refers to solving problems as “winning the problem” and canceling out functions as “killing these guys off.” You'd be surprised how motivating a little fake competition can be. There's nothing I like more nowadays than killing functions.
5. Sometimes you develop massive crushes on your Calc I professor, mostly because she talks about her cats a lot. One of them is named Hypatia, or “Hypie,” and has developed hypothyroid disease, poor thing.
6. You learn valuable life lessons. Like how it is always inappropriate to have crushes on professors. And how it is especially inappropriate to have crushes on your married professors. And ESPECIALLY when your professors are married to each other. That's right, people. My Calc I professor is married to my Calc II professor. Such is the life I lead.
7. This test problem: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer's nose glows because of a rare and unfortunately deadly radioactive bacteria, which has a half life of 10 days. If Santa finds a 2 lb “present” in the yard, how much did the original gift weigh?
8. WolframAlpha, the math undergrad's best friend (too often, literally), answers the question “what is the meaning of life?” with “42.”
9. Circloids. Circloids are so cool.
10. The Fibonacci sequence is even cooler.
11. The golden ratio is the coolest.
Keep in mind, this is all coming from a girl who might just declare an Art major. (No, thanks for asking, I DON'T actually know what I'm going to do with my life.)
Ginger's Song of the Week: I finally finished season 2 of The Good Wife, which featured this song. I fell in love with it, and whoever made this very odd music video for it.