Perseverance and having a vision are two qualities that a person should have to be great at the things they do. And two characteristics I possess and value dearly. They've help me, and still do help me, to be very proficient and have a love for mathematics
I currently substitute teach in N.Y.C
. as I have done ever since 1996. Even though I am currently substitute teaching in N.Y.C., I received my Master's Degree in Education. I'm certified as a teacher in the State of N.Y. I'm also pursuing a certificate in Comptia A+ (A Computer Hardware credentials). Comptia stands for The Computing Technology Industry Association.
Mathematics is a gradient subject. Gradient is a relative change of increase or decrease of a variable value. For example a Pre-Kindergarten
student may learn to count to numbers from 1-10. Then by 1st grade
they are adding, subtracting, multiplying numbers, and other forms of arithmetic(which is the oldest and most elementary form of mathematics). Then when they jump to the 5th grade
they will be adding fractions
with like and unlike denominators. As they go up in grade levels, the subjects get more challenging.
In middle school there is Algebra
1 where solving a basic equation is the focus. Then in Geometry
finding areas, and circumference(distance around a circle) perimeters(path around a polygon). In High School Algebra 2
focus on systems of equations, which can be solved by substitution, elimination, matrices, or graphing. Polynomials
, and quadratics are two of the various topics covered in Algebra 2. There is Basic Trigonometry
(the word means triangle measure it deals with the measures of sides and angles of a triangle). In Middle School usually only right triangles are discussed. Here "Soh-Cah-Toa" is used. Which is the Mnemonic Device to remember the three Basic Trigonometric Functions
. Which are Sine(Opposite/Hypotenuse), Cosine(Adjacent/Hypotenuse), and Tangent(Opposite/Adjacent.
In High School Oblique Triangles, which are triangles having no right triangles or no angle equals 90 degrees is discussed. Knowing the Law
of Sines and Cosines will be imperative in your studies.
I believe strongly what the founder of Calculus
quoted, Sir Isaac Newton, "If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent."
Cause patient attention and being alert is critical in studying something so technical as mathematics. Just keep working and don't ever give up.