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Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus : Which is the hardest ?

 
 
Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 02:58 pm
Which of these is the hardest type of math ?
 
victorcarjan
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 04:29 pm
@Chelsea98,
What inspired you to ask this question?


Without a doubt Calculus. You need the other 3 in order to do Calculus.
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neologist
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 04:42 pm
@Chelsea98,
Calculus
Integral harder than differential
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 04:43 pm
@Chelsea98,
Drawing to an inside straight.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 04:45 pm
Calculus uses the other three, but they all require effort when you first learn them.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 05:08 pm
@Brandon9000,
huh?
Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 05:50 pm
@Chelsea98,
For myself it was trig. For the life of me that stuff would not make sense no matter how hard I tried.

Geometry was simple and straightforward, never gave me any trouble.

Algebra seemed tough for a time, so I doubled up on the class and it finally sank in.

Calculus did not cause major difficulty, had to work at it a little more; but, definitely worth it.

The only true answer is that the one which is hardest for you is the hardest. Similar to the sciences, some will excel in one branch and struggle in another, while a different student will have reverse experiences.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 05:55 pm
@Sturgis,
You wrote,
Quote:
The only true answer is that the one which is hardest for you is the hardest. Similar to the sciences, some will excel in one branch and struggle in another, while a different student will have reverse experiences.


Good point.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 06:17 pm
@cicerone imposter,
cicerone imposter wrote:
huh?

What don't you get?
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 06:18 pm
@Brandon9000,
If you don't know, there's nothing I can say that'll explain it.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 06:19 pm
@Brandon9000,
cicerone imposter wrote:
huh?

What don't you get? Calculus uses the other three subjects and, so, might be presumed to be hardest, yet none is completely painless if that is the stage you are at. Not my fault if you don't understand a perfectly plain statement.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 06:30 pm
@Brandon9000,
Straight forward comment from you,
Quote:
but they all require effort when you first learn them.


huh?
Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 06:34 pm
@cicerone imposter,
cicerone imposter wrote:

Straight forward comment from you,
Quote:
but they all require effort when you first learn them.


huh?

I don't have time for you.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2014 06:38 pm
@Brandon9000,
Good!

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FBM
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2014 07:24 am
I think it's analogous to learning foreign languages. The first one is the hardest to the new learner, but if you step back and try to equate "hardest" with "most advanced," you get a slanted answer. If you try to jump straight to partial differentials without training in any of the former, you may as well be looking at modern art. But that doesn't mean an average student is going to get through trig as if it were finger painting, just because differentials are the most advanced.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2014 08:11 am
@Sturgis,
I agree with Sturgis, It can be difficult to gain an intuitive sense of trigonometry. Abstract algebra (i.e. vector spaces and algebraic fields) also gave me headaches.
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mark noble
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2014 10:01 am
@Chelsea98,
The hardest one/s is/are the one/s you don't understand.
Once you understand it/them the difficulty subsides.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2014 10:36 am
@mark noble,
It's similar to learning language; if you don't use it, one tends to forget it.

Advancement in math is somewhat similar, except everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. I 'enjoyed' college algebra and a little of differential calculus to determine how to control the cost of inventory.
mark noble
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2014 10:38 am
@cicerone imposter,
I agree.
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StephenBotsford
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2015 07:11 am
Well I like all the four parts of the mathematics given above. From the above the hardest part according to me is Calculus, it is little bit harder then the other 3 part.
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