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Old 02-14-2015, 06:39 AM
 
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The issue with some high order mathematics is the same as with Physics questions. You can learn the rules but then separating and applying text driven questions to the equations is the difficult part.
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:49 AM
 
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The issue with some high order mathematics is the same as with Physics questions. You can learn the rules but then separating and applying text driven questions to the equations is the difficult part.
by rules do you you mean the formulas? or the logic behind them?
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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2nd toughest course I ever took was Koine Greek. 24 different ways to write the word "the". Different alphabet, word order did necessarily mean anything. And run on sentences are common, with compound participles, and subordinating conjunctions. The worst was ancient Hebrew. The grammar wasn't pretty simple, but the alphabet is all different, and there are no cognates. None of their words had any near equivalents to ours, so memorizing vocabulary was very tough.
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Texas
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For me, it was organic chem and molecular bio.

So much straight out memorization.
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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underwater basket weaving
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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biostatistics. I never had to work as hard at any other class all though high school, college and two graduate degrees.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Anything that involves the memorizing and/or internalizing of complex formulas is difficult for me. If I can maintain and use some sort of visual key and cues, I'm okay, but recalling formulas from memory, particularly when they involve symbols not commonly used in other disciplines, is very difficult for me.

Other types of memorization, I have no issue with. I can memorize long passages of written text, terminology, scripts, foreign language vocabulary, and can commit pages of written music to memory, which is largely a combo of auditory sensation and muscle memory. I think the breakdown lies in the portions of the brain that are used specifically for that type of decoding.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:17 AM
 
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I've heard organic chemistry.
Partial differential equations according to my son.
I've never had difficulty with any courses that I wanted to learn. Then again the math learned by business majors is kids stuff compared to the math learned by an engineer.
The first year of organic chemistry is really quite easy; it's mostly a matter of memorization. It gets difficult when it gets to the level of the quantum physics and fundamentals behind it.
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:58 AM
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Location: Denver
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Accounting... My only C in undergrad.

As an Engineering student I had to take Economics and Accounting my freshman year "core classes". I knew right there that I would never be an accountant, just couldn't stand writing 25 pages of debt/credits (in 1991 it was all paper ledger). I love math on the innovation, I do not enjoy repeating the same function over and over.
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Old 02-14-2015, 11:20 AM
 
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Engrish.
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