Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Why I am not a mathematician

For a work conference I'm going to in 3 weeks, we have pre-work. It's due today. It's now 9 p.m. and I'm still struggling with the statistics homework. I don't understand statistics, which is why I signed up for the class. As a medical writer and editor I need to understand them. But how can they expect me to read a few pages of math definitions and then be able to apply them to a pretend study?

The funny thing is that I could just make something up and send it in. We're not getting graded on this stuff. But you can take the straight A student out of high school, but you can't take straight A student out of the girl. That doesn't even make sense. I'm fried! Best Blogger Tips


TI said...

Well, you found a great graphic for your post anyway, so you aren't *completely* fried! Good luck getting your assignment done. I vote for letting go of the idea that you need to get this right, and thinking instead in terms of just sending it in. If you do, I'll give you an A+ (which, as a professor, I am of course authorized to do) for breaking old patterns that don't serve you well anymore!

Bug said...

Thanks TI! I appreciate having the professorial OK. :)

Anonymous said...

You are such a Goodie Goodie, CJ!

Kim G. said...

That's why I was a Lit major in college! I made it all the way through without any math classes! Good luck on that part of your homework!

Repeater said...

I'm with you bug, hard to do something half-way.
For later interest (years from now when you have time), there's a great book called Beyond Numeracy that actually makes math sensible and fun to read about.

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