So I find myself once again needing a review of basic math. Or “maths” as my Brit friend Tony would say, which is a lousy way to say it if only because it is hard. To say. Or does that make sense, somehow, to make the word itself hard, as the subject matter itself is obtuse.
OK. Struth – I’m the obtuse one.
I wasn’t kidding before when I said I couldn’t quite remember what an integer was. I mean, it’s a type of number, sure, but how exactly does it differ from a real number? See? You don’t really know either.
So I swear that I have learned actual new material during my review of basic maths information — information that was never covered when I was in the room, at least. Of course, back in high school I was always getting pulled out of math and science classes to go to extra band practice or compete in the one-act play competition or serve as an extra in whatever travelling sketch-comedy-with-a-moral group was giving us a hamfisted presentation in assembly later in the day…
I guess I always thought that because I only skipped classes with teacher permission — and for such insanely geeky purposes — that there would be no comeuppance.
There is always comeuppance.
So now I am relearning the difference between a mean and a mode, and all so I can get back into school so I can get an advanced degree that will make people think I really know my shit.
Except I suspect it will not fool the other folks walking this earth with the same fancypants degree, because they probably had to remind themselves how to find the standard deviation before taking the test, too.
At least I hope they did.
Of course because I am a geek who has been secretly dying to go back to school all these years, I am very secretly having fun boning up. I mean, c’mon! Boning up! ahem.
Granted, the test is only two weeks away and I am still reviewing algebra, which means I still have geometry to go. But I always kicked ass at geometry. It was only when calculus came sauntering along that things went south for me and ol‘ maths. And boy did they go south in a hurry.
Whenever I get overwhelmed during this review of seemingly arcane knowledge i just go and take the study test section on sentence correction. Then I take it again, just to keep the ol‘ ego inflated that extra bit. Then I go back and let the word problems punch me in the throat a little more.
Isn’t it time for band practice?