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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I would do it but probably not for long. It's difficult for me to say if I'd enjoy it because I have no industrial experience. With teaching, at least I have a fairly good idea of what it entails, having been around them for so long.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I meant in the capacity of a math consultant, a problem solver.

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**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

You mean like working in risk management or as an actuary, for example?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Those are two possibilities but some companies hire mathematicians to solve problems for them.

Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research companies. They work on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

That is one thing that I did like about studying a degree in mathematics -- lots of potential career paths.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is true, wherever they use math. Pay over here is pretty good for them. How is it over there?

See you in a bit. Got a chore to do.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

It varies. A lot of mathematicians like to work in the financial sector mostly because it pays so well. I think most of the ones I've talked to on my course want to do that. Haven't met a single one who wanted to lecture, though. All three girls I've talked to said they wanted to be maths teachers at high-school level.

**zetafunc.****Guest**

Okay, see you later.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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For some reason I always felt that the girls would make better teachers.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Why?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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A bit more empathy in them.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I remember reading about some study that was done that showed that children are more likely to prefer a male teacher over a female one.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That still does not refute the statement that the women might make better teachers. Also, that study sure did not apply to me. I did decidedly better in classes with female instructors. Possibly because my attendance was much, much better.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Why was your attendance better?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I was in love with them they were all foxes.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Didn't that make it harder to concentrate in their lessons?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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For some reason it did not. I wanted to do well.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Strange, most of my teachers were ugly old women who had had all the passion sucked out of them over the years.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think we have the makings of a socio-migratory trend. Based on these 2 results I can conjecture that the young vibrant babes flocked together while the passionless ones did also. Stockholm here I come and keep that Nobel prize warm for me!

Wait a minute, you did supply half the data so I guess I will have to share it.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I think it should be a teacher's obligation to make their lessons or lectures interesting. Too bad that all of the females I have met on my course who want to be maths teachers don't even seem to like maths that much, so it is doubtful they will be passionate about it in their teaching.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think that is a trend. Most people are not passionate about anything.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

That is depressing...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It sure is and I think the girls are the more materialistic then the guys are.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

From the teachers I have had, there have been more passionate male teachers than female teachers, despite having more female teachers. Odd. Or, perhaps it is how I perceive that passion which is the issue here.

What do you think of Walter Lewin?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Interesting I have just been asked what I thought of Richard Stallman. They are not related but it is hard to believe that anyone should ask for my opinion on anything other than chicken cacciatore. I presume you mean the physicist. I do not like physics and refuse to do any but I have seen a lecture or two of his on youtube and he looks okay to me. I have never seen him in person because he is at MIT which is very far from me.

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