
Re: Failing Linear Algebra:
Posted:
Apr 23, 2004 12:06 AM


Anonymous wrote in message news:<c98b1ba0.0404221444.4623535e@posting.google.com>... > I'm currently a math major and am taking linear algebra, but I'm in > serious danger of failing. I just don't get it! Is this newsgroup a > place to come to ask questions and get information about learning > math? Or is there somewhere more appropriate to go? I've always had > trouble with vectors, and I think I fell apart sort of right at the > beginning of linear algebra (although, I did manage to get a B on the > very first exam). I've got another exam next week. What can I do? I > don't get all the terms, concepts, and jargon. Anyone know how to > make learning linear algebra easier and more practical? Anyone got > any practice problems?
I'd like to help you, but some specifics would be necessary. What terminology are you having trouble with?
At any rate, this is the perfect opportunity to see if you have what it takes to be a math major (or mathematician, if that's your goal). You need to learn a method to go over the material quickly and thoroughly. You need to learn how to come up with intuitive representations of the concepts involved to guide your thinking. You need to learn how to apply what you know to problem solving.
So, what I suggest is that you stick it out. Read the definitions until your head hurts. Try to figure out exactly what the quantifiers are telling you. Do problems until your head hurts more and you dream about mathematical symbols. Don't let a problem intimidate you.
If this sounds appealling, you probably have what it takes. If not, I would suggest another majorit's not going to get any easier after linear algebra.
'cid 'ooh
(I'm not trying to scare you. I'm a student too, and I'm really excited about facing new challenges in grad school. But I often have to work for 48 hours straight to figure out a few measly problems. Realistic expectations are important in any endeavor of this sort)

