fun fact: i'm incapable of remembering how to work with logarithms. i know that, by definition, a^(log_a(b)) = b, but every time i learn how to /do/ anything with them i forget it 15 minutes later
@monorail do you remember the power rules?
@lightdark that's another thing i usually have trouble remembering actually, but they're simple enough that i can prove them to myself in the margins
@monorail that's fair! I figured I'd ask because the link between the two is fairly strong but never really clarified well
@monorail hey this is like me and series
@monorail the only reason I passed any of the stuff involving series in highschool was because I was good enough at everything else that I finished the test in like ten minutes, then spent half an hour rederiving the solutions for the series questions
@monorail this kicked my ass when I got to fourier transforms a few years later and still didn't understand series 😓
@monorail I hate that school so much. SO MUCH. THE CLASSES SUCKED. I mean I might've flunked out from academic overload anyway but still it SUCKED.
@monorail I flunked intro statics TWICE. TWICE!! Because the whole class was structured like "here is a type of problem, here is the formula to get the solution, memorize it and use it correctly in the exams" and I was like, I can't learn like this! I don't understand anything!!
Fast forward a couple years, J was telling me an anecdote from his statics class elsewhere, the professor opened the first day writing F=0 on the board and saying "This is what we're going to be doing all semester"
@monorail I was like OMFG
IF I'D REALIZED THIS I WOULD'VE ACED THAT DAMN CLASS
@monorail ....ahem sorry to go off on that rant *sidles off sheepishly*
@InspectorCaracal oh that fucking sucks
if you want to see someone teach math in a way that honestly would make math classes so much better for me, check out 3blue1brown on youtube. most of his videos are cool little math problems with beautiful solutions but he has a whole series on linear algebra and one on calculus. the calculus one spends like two thirds of the time building up intuitions, so by the time you actually see a formula, it's obvious why that would have to be what the formula is
@monorail oh this is all old history but I might check that out sometime :3
@monorail just wait until you see complex analysis
@Felthry the thing is, there are things that are harder than logarithms that i've done and understand pretty well
just for some reason logarithms kick my ass
@monorail oh I was talking specifically about how logarithms get _really weird_ in complex analysis contexts
@Felthry oh I see
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