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?

Under the compass of Damocles 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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