Sunday, November 21, 2004

Linear algebra < *

Wow, it's a math class... WITHOUT NUMBERS. How fun. From the anti-calendar: "The aptly named linear algebra features a conucopia of Greek letters. There will be no numbers and confusion is a pre-requisite. Throughout this course, you will begin to question yourself as you fail to prove that 0 + 0 = 0..."

Naturally, I thought this was an exaggeration when I first read it, but it is true. I am studying for the third (and last) term test, as well as finals, and I realized that I really have no idea what the hell is going on in this class. At least in calculus you can draw pictures to illustrate concepts...

Honestly, I don't know why we need to learn all of this stuff that we will never use again. Sure, it's useful if you are going to become a mathematician, but is an engineer ever going to have to calculate matrix inverses without a calculator? Computers were invented for a reason, you know. And while certain parts of finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics use linear algebra, there is no need to have anything more than a basic understanding of the concepts involved as long as the computer doesn't break down. On second though, if your computer breaks down, you would have to be insane to try doing computational fluid dynamics by hand anyways. Unless you had several hundred years, a lot of paper, and infinite reserves of patience and perseverence, it would be impossible.

In other news, Pizza Hut is one of the greatest restaurants ever. Mmmmm... just thinking about it makes me hungry for more pizza.


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