Mathochism: Logs, damn logs!
One woman’s attempt to revisit the math that plagued her in school. But can determination make up for 25 years of math neglect?
The scheduling gods decided to give me a break, so I got to take that third pre-calc exam after all. I did my best to study for it, bringing all my books on the romantic mid-week getaway I had been planning with my spouse for months. (Poor man. At least he got to drink good wine while his math-obsessed wife solved problems in the tasting room gift shop.)
But this test was really dense. It only covered about a chapter and a half, but that chapter and a half included exponential equations, logarithms and trigonometry.
I’ve written before about logarithms, and how much they confused me. The first time I studied them in Algebra II, things were so much harder, since I was being taught by the Brofessor. Luckily, the Youthful Professor’s approach was much clearer, and I was gaining confidence.
But then I got sciatica, and had to miss a lecture, and it just happened to be the lecture on change of base formulas and solving log equations. I studied on my own as best I could. I watched web seminars. I read both pre-calc books.
I thought I understood how to do it. But then I took the test, and the befuddlement began. There were three problems I simply couldn’t solve. And a few more I sort of got, but sort of guessed at.
Happily, I seem to have much more of an aptitude for trig, and sailed through the rest of the test, moving through quadrants and secants with ease. SOHCAHTOA this, suckers!
Long story short, I continue in the B-Zone. I got an 83, which is the lowest score to date. But I’m hoping the next exam, which should be trig-heavy, will be my chance for redemption. I plan to go to YP’s lair before the next class, and ask him to give me a brief primer on logs. I know I will meet them again on the final.
Damn logs … why can’t I quit you?
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