## Mathochism: Testing my limits

**One woman’s attempt to revisit the math that plagued her in school. But can determination make up for 25 years of math neglect?
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The test was today. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a C.

It had 10 questions, and was not horribly difficult. I felt confident working with infinite limits and a delta and epsilon proof. I was okay with an intermediate value problem and a piecewise continuity problem (hoping for partial credit on the last one). I believe I identified the sandwich theorem problem correctly.

I really only had issues with two problems. One was identifying continuity of a c value (am hoping for partial credit), and the other graphing from various limit parameters (complete loss). I’m annoyed with myself on that last question, because I have been practicing that kind of problem. But in most of those, I had at least one point, one anchor to go on, and this problem had no anchors. It was way more nebulous than I was used to and I likely tanked it.

Oh well. We do get to drop this test, in case I messed up completely. But the good news is that I didn’t feel mind-numbingly anxious this time. I felt in the zone on several problems, and managed to reason my way through the others in a way I hope is acceptable.

I feel I really do understand limits. But even when you understand something doesn’t mean you will solve all problems correctly right away. Sometimes you need a little extra time to work through the various permutations. And that’s okay.

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