Life is messy and so are quadratic equations

Or why I hate math.

 x=(-b+/-sqrt(b^2-4ac))/(2a).

This is why I’m not here. It is called the quadratic formula, and I have to know how to do it. In “real life” according to my instructor. What that means is not easy problems that come out with nice whole numbers but messy shit that sucks.

I told him I thought this was bs. I am forty-six; I have never needed to know this, and I think my life has been pretty damn real. What, some crazed mass murderer is going to run into the restaurant where I have lunch, waving a gun and yell “Everyone dies! Except those of you that can graph this quadratic equation.” If that happens I’ll just ask him to shoot me first.

Anyways just about the time I think I get it, something goes sideways. *sigh* I just don’t have a math brain. I am really trying to get this shit but really? Isn’t this what we have calculators and computers for. Yes, I love it when my instructor is showing us a problem and it doesn’t work out as planned so he grabs his graphing calculator to figure out what went wrong. I’m like ~Dude if you can’t do this without a graphing calculator how come I’m supposed to be able to? And you’re the instructor!

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Reading, writing and arithmetic

Well I may be doing a lot of writing even if it hasn’t been here!

Taking on a full course load and trying to work full time has left me with no time to do much else. I’m taking Intermediate Algebra, English and a Biology class, while I started out with doing all of them online I have switched to a in person class for the Algebra. Unfortunately that meant catching up with my class while still maintain good grades in the other two. I think I may finally be getting it under control. Don’t want to say that too loudly and curse myself. Hopefully I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew; I believe my adviser called it an aggressive plan. Math has and continues to be difficult for me but I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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So I hope to be back to blogging again, at least somewhat regularly as I enjoy it. Wish me luck I have another math exam tomorrow. I feel somewhat ready for it, which is a change of pace. Off to bed now, oooh lookie I might get to sleep before 2am!