2.18.2009

I am happy


Few of you probably know, but last spring, I attempted to take Differential Equations, which is like Calculus IV (sort of), but had to drop it after the first two tests because I got D's on both of them. This class is the hardest math class that I have to take, unless I decide to become a math major... It is quite hard to understand how things work - as Barry suggested when I was talking to him about it, "It sounds like mathematical alchemy," and that's kind of what it feels like. This is because the methods we use to solve Differential Equations are methods that we are actually unable to understand - we would need to finish a major in math to fully understand some of these things. That is the biggest problem for me, because the way I learn, I have to understand how something works before I really know how to do it, unless I just do tons of repetitions.
Anyway, since I didn't finish the course last spring, I am trying again this semester, and I just got the results from my second test today. I got a 90 on the first test, and an 88 on the second one, giving me a solid B+ overall so far! I'll just say that this makes me very happy, and I thank God for giving me the ability to learn this, even if it takes two classes to get it! :)

Note: The picture at the top actually shows a problem involving Partial Differential Equations, which is a course that has Differential Equations as it's prerequisite. Fortunately I don't have to take that, because it's even harder then DE! (Come to think of it, neither of these classes are even required for a BS in Mathematics, probably because they apply more to engineering than they do to math in general)

9 comments:

Bill said...

Sounds pretty hard but interesting too.

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Kelsey said...

I have a hard time learning if I don't fully understand too. Way to go! God is blessing your perceptions. :)

Jen said...

Yayyyy Jonathan!!

Christy said...

Awesome, Jonathan! I envy your math prowess. Maybe you could teach me Calc II sometime...??

Johonn said...

Are you taking Calc II Christy? I could try to help you sometime if you want... it's been 2 years or so since i took it though, but hopefully I still know what i need to know :)

barry said...

Keeping brewing, my friend. I'm sure you'll pull it off this time

Christy said...

Nope, I'm not currently taking it. That's why I want you to teach me... cuz I can't fit it into my schedule! :)

Johonn said...

Aha, i see how it is...
I really don't think I have that good a grasp of it... I could probably help you, but I doubt i could teach the entire thing!
You could always just stay an extra semester and take it... :)

Johonn said...

Update for anyone who happens to read back this far: I passed with a B! :D Solid enough for me, especially considering the circumstances.

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