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#12801 2013-12-23 10:59:18

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

He gave his last lecture at MIT a couple of years ago. He is supposed to be one of the best lecturers out there -- and I can believe that for sure, particularly if what he says about how much effort he puts into his lectures is true...

#12802 2013-12-23 11:08:23

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Yes he is on the zany side. He rides big pendulums, shoots himself out of cannons, eats 40 pizzas, wrestles an alligator, jumps into a vat of hydrochloric acid, jumps out of an airplane without a parachute, runs head first into a moving locomotive, gets hit by lightning... All in the name of physics.


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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#12803 2013-12-23 11:12:25

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Yes, that, but he also claims that he puts about 40 hours of work into each lecture, rehearsing them thrice in front of an empty audience, including once at 5 AM on the morning of the lecture -- which, if he did that consistently for the 800 lectures he has supposedly given, is insane.

#12804 2013-12-23 11:18:16

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

That just means he wants to be sure.


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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#12805 2013-12-23 11:34:25

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

I guess so, but that is still a lot of effort. A couple of my professors just hold a piece of paper in front of their face and copy their notes on to the board.

#12806 2013-12-23 11:37:03

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

He does not like that type was my impression.


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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#12807 2013-12-23 11:39:33

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

I don't think very many like that type. Particularly if the lecturer has terrible handwriting, a bad accent, or doesn't answer questions (or worse, a combination of those or all three). Then it is very unpleasant.

#12808 2013-12-23 11:44:59

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

They do not answer questions? Why not?


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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#12809 2013-12-23 11:47:10

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

One of my lecturers says there is no time and if there are questions just come to see him in his office...

#12810 2013-12-23 11:52:10

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Do people go there and get an answer to there questions?


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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#12811 2013-12-23 12:00:28

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

I am not sure. I don't think many people go to see him -- there is not much need as it is not a difficult course.

#12812 2013-12-23 12:02:05

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Sometimes that is the way it is when it is a lecture.


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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#12813 2013-12-24 07:57:28

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

At the end of the term there were a lot of empty seats. Hopefully as a lecturer I could keep them more interested than that. But it will be difficult at first.

#12814 2013-12-24 08:04:10

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

That is part of the reason why there is so little interest in technical fields even though the need for them is growing, poor teachers.


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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#12815 2013-12-24 11:34:08

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Absolutely. For a while I hated my maths teacher so much that I wanted to go into physics instead. Some teachers do not realise the sort of impact they can have on their students.

#12816 2013-12-24 13:18:12

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Was she that bad?


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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#12817 2014-01-05 12:32:14

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Yes, she was terrible! Whenever a student asked her a question she would tell them to go buy a revision guide.

Hope you had a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

#12818 2014-01-05 12:51:01

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

I wonder why people like that ever become teachers. Why not become a banker or attorney?


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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#12819 2014-01-05 12:53:32

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

I'm not sure. Weird thing is that I've never met a maths teacher who got a first class degree at uni, only ever a 2:1. Maybe that has something to do with it? The more qualified people compete for those sorts of jobs, and the 2:1 graduates, with no experience, find it difficult to pursue those career paths?

#12820 2014-01-05 12:57:44

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

So you mean they settle on math teaching jobs because they are not able to do much else?


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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#12821 2014-01-05 12:58:45

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Yes, that might apply to a certain proportion. Although maybe a more likely hypothesis is that they do not know what else to do, rather than them not being able to do something else.

#12822 2014-01-05 13:05:23

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Not good to settle on something because you have no other ideas. Do they think math is easy to teach?


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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#12823 2014-01-05 13:08:15

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

I'm not sure what they think of the difficulty of teaching, but many of mine have been very lazy -- for example, finding lesson plans pre-made online for every single lesson. If the teacher did not know the answer to a question -- which was quite common -- they'd go look on Yahoo answers or something.

#12824 2014-01-05 13:12:05

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

Sounds like they hated math when they were in school.


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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#12825 2014-01-05 13:16:05

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Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 Formula

So the maths teachers hated their previous maths teachers, who must also have hated their maths teachers, who must also have hated their maths teachers, who ......

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