rene wrote: ⤴Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:36 pm

Yes. OK, settled. And to Portreve: as you see, this is in fact and at least once you got the right "picture" just high-school trigonometry; no advanced mathematics in sight yet (the Lorentz transformation of special relativity that was mentioned a bit before is...)

Lol! Oh, if you only knew... heh heh heh...

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I've always had math comprehension problems, going back as far as I can remember. I mean, not with knowing numbers, or doing basic math functions, but I always struggled just to get poor grades. In high school, my first year math class was General Math, and for every test I was the very last student to finish, and on several occasions I couldn't complete the test even after the period was over. The second year I took pre-algebra and failed and had to take summer school and just passed it, then took Algebra 1 and barely could hang on, even by my fingernails. My idiot guidance counselor told me just to go ahead and take Geometry anyhow, and I had to drop out at the end of the first semester because I didn't want to get another F and have to take summer school after my senior year, or stay to the next school year to take another class just to make up the overall credit requirement.

For reasons that would take too long to get into here, over the course of my life I've developed an interest in cognitive development, knowledge acquisition and dissemination methodology, and several other areas of what basically amount to psychology, and so I've always wondered whether I was developmentally delayed, or if there was some other problem. In 2009, I went to college for the first time, and of course my math skills were weak, so I had to take a remedial math class, which I did. I definitely was more able to grasp things, but what I've learned is that there comes a point for me where the layers of complexity in a math problem rapidly take me to the point where I simply lose the plot, so to speak, and I just cannot, no matter how much time and effort I put into it, comprehend the problem.

Eventually I went on to take College Algebra (essentially Algebra I and II) and I got as far as asymptotes, and I was then using like 100% effort to just barely be able to do them. Logarithms were just that bit more difficult, and no amount of office hours, remedial instruction, online aids, etc., made any difference. Fortunately I was able to pass College Algebra, but only because I had a pretty good grade average in the class: the final exam was something like 60% logarithm questions, and so I failed it. I left all those questions blank because I couldn't do any of them.

I'm not aware of any other cognitive deficits, and oddly enough I'm otherwise good at abstract reasoning.

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