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  •  Math is indeed mostly doable by computer. (3+ / 0-)
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    However, any problem that becomes a math problem (I use "math" in its more mundane sense here) likely started our as prose at one point or another. Yes, the dreaded "story problem" is really where applied math begins. Once the story has been turned into symbols and equations (or inequalities), then the solution may be delegated to some computer, either human or machine.

    Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

    by billmosby on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 01:51:07 PM PDT

    •  bridging from math to problem solving is tough (3+ / 0-)
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      and many of my math classes never helped me understand WHY having the ability to convert physical concepts into mathematical representations mattered

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      by floundericiousMI on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 02:21:44 PM PDT

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      •  I know. (3+ / 0-)
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        I never realized the importance of that until I had to solve engineering problems in later classes and out in the real world.

        Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

        by billmosby on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 03:03:55 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed, precisment (0+ / 0-)

          Having math professors teaching a bunch of us engineering students about PDEs and vector calculus was expedient, I suppose, but it never helped us retain or know how to USE the mathematical tools they were trying so hard to get into our heads

          A left-of-center blow-harded member of the goose-stepping blog-stapo since 2004.

          by floundericiousMI on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 09:22:54 AM PDT

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