
Re: Failing Linear Algebra:
Posted:
Apr 27, 2004 5:48 PM


mmanch01@mydeja.com (maky m.) wrote in message news:<188f56bf.0404231216.2fa757ac@posting.google.com>... > 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! > > perhaps math is not for you. > > > Is this newsgroup a place to come to ask questions and get > > information about learning math? > > to some extent, yes. > > > 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). > > it may be the case that your B wasn't the result of your efforts, but > rather the fear your math teacher has of losing his job.
Trust me, it wasn't. I earned that B. I even managed some extra credit points on that first test.
> > > I've got another exam next week. What can I do? > > study and solve problems?
Where do I get problems to solve?
> > > I don't get all the terms, concepts, and jargon. > > do you read your book?
Sometimes. I try to. Sometimes I understand it and I can continue to read. And sometimes I just don't understand what the book's trying to say, and I find that everything in the next few sections is just confusion because of it. This happened to me during the basis/dimension/image/kernel/isomorphism/change of basis part of the book.
>does your math teacher show you examples?
Sometimes, but they're general examples more often than not.
do > you do homework?
To the best of my ability.
> > > Anyone know how to make learning linear algebra easier and more > > practical? > > linear algebra has plenty of neat applications, but i guess you would > need to learn LINEAR ALGEBRA first.
Which is what I'm trying to do.
> > > Anyone got any practice problems? > > doesn't your book already have those?
Not really. Especially not ones with solutions.

