WTF ... IS WTF!?
We are a collective of people who believe in freedom of speech, the rights of individuals, and free pancakes! We share our lives, struggles, frustrations, successes, joys, and prescribe to our own special brand of humor and insanity. If you are looking for a great place to hang out, make new friends, find new nemeses, and just be yourself, WTF.com is your new home.

I'm so scared of Calculus

TooSmartGuile

Tenderony
247
171
62
I'm a CS major at my college and right now, I'm struggling with my calc 1 class. I have a test Monday and we're taking the subjects from applications of derivatives to integral substitution. I'm so slow that I couldn't solve 9 problems in 70 minutes, which is how long I have to take that test. I've been lazy all these weeks and now I'm working my ass off and it's really painful. If I don't pass this calc class, it will be far harder to continue with my CS major and I don't have the skills or credits for other STEM majors. I put my eggs in this basket. The other options end with studies or is some humanity or something that would cause me to stay at school longer, and those aren't money makers, anyways. Plus, because of my politics, I do not want to interact with the other students who will definitely sound insufferable to me.

THE STAKES ARE HIGH! And writing this made realize such a thing! Thanks WTF!
 
  • Sad
Reactions: ThisIsBananas

Crazizniac

Particinator
Premium
991
705
137
My daughter lost a scholarship to calculus last year. No big deal. it's just another point on the credit card. Good luck with the test but - "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again".
 
  • Sad
Reactions: ThisIsBananas

ThisIsBananas

Silly Face!
834
353
107
If I went back to school, my only fear would be getting lost in the building, and being unable to find my classes on time.

The classwork doesn't scare me, it just sounds boring.
 

CoprophagousCop

The Failed Farceur
Premium
2,157
1,913
257
Calculus? Hmmm, I remember taking three semesters of that stuff in college but I cannot say that I have used it much since.

Calculus was half the reason I dropped out of Electrical Engineering and majored in Computer Science instead. It seemed like every Electrical Engineering homework problem required cranking out a page and a half of Calculus to get the answer. (The other half of the reason was constantly analyzing imaginary circuits that do absolutely nothing. That became very boring too.) Apart from having to write a program that took the derivatives of polynomials, I did not have to use Calculus in my Computer Science courses, although I am sure it was required for my degree anyway.

Wait. It's coming back now...
d cos θ = - sin θ
d sin θ = cos θ
d f(g(x)) = (d f(x))(d g(x))
d (f(x)g(x)) = (d f(x))g(x) + (d g(x))f(x)
d ln x = 1 / x
:shrug:
 

MisterFister

There's a very good chance that I don't care.
3,241
4,881
257
My daughter lost a scholarship to calculus last year. No big deal. it's just another point on the credit card. Good luck with the test but - "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again".
I always laughed at that line. Never made much sense to me in the real world. There are things I suck at so I don't waste my time repeating things that ought not be repeated. Expand on what you're good at...fuck the rest.
 

MisterFister

There's a very good chance that I don't care.
3,241
4,881
257
^ Awesome, the philosophy of the ghetto that bred you no doubt.
Actually its tangible and realistic not some motivational poster horseshit that's foreign to anything resembling good advice. "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again" is one of those cliches born of the Prussian-style education system where the goal is to stamp out as many drone factory workers and non-thinking non-questioning soldiers as possible. Just keep hammering away at this false ideal of what WE tell you is important, Johnny Pavlov. Focus on this task and just keep repeating this task until the result meets our pleasure. You're free to eat when the bell rings, piss if allowed to piss and think what has been scheduled to think. What a sad existence. If the alternative is 'the ghetto' then the ghetto it is.
 

Jung

???
Premium
14,041
2,242
487
I always laughed at that line. Never made much sense to me in the real world. There are things I suck at so I don't waste my time repeating things that ought not be repeated. Expand on what you're good at...fuck the rest.
Hey, the world needs laborers as much as it needs engineers.
 

Crazizniac

Particinator
Premium
991
705
137
Ah there's the oppression, there's the hostility, there's the... holy shit! You're Yosemite - fucking - Sam!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jung

MisterFister

There's a very good chance that I don't care.
3,241
4,881
257
It has nothing to do with oppression or hostility. It has everything to do with focus.
 

MisterFister

There's a very good chance that I don't care.
3,241
4,881
257
I was being serious not trolling you lol.
There was an implication that I was a laborer (not that there's anything wrong with that). Also, it implies that those who choose to focus on their innate abilities over the fantastical notion of the all-knowing superman can only lead to manual labor.