halfthealphabet  asked:


cloud: favorite thing to learn about in school? 

Well, right now it’s how religion and politics intersect (I wrote a whole fucking senior seminar on it with how different types of secularism affect Muslim feminists movements. Ask me about it if you want to hear me be a nerd). However, when I was in high school, I loved calculus. So I’m pretty open minded.

Tonight I have something to offer that’s not art…it’s a lovely story. The story of the worst thing I have ever taken part in creating.

So!! Back at the beginning of the second semester of AP Calculus we were taking our first quiz on intergrals, and my teacher told us that he wanted to see the big “S” on our quiz or else we wouldn’t get credit.

Now, by big “S” of course he meant the integral symbol, like this:

But the integral symbol is not the first thing my gremlin brain thinks of when I hear “the big S” and then I got a horrible idea, which I then proceeded to draw and show to my Calc teacher…

It has been dubbed the Cursed Integral by my class and my teacher hates it with all of his being

Just Some More Equations I Think Are Influential

Fourier Transform

Developed by Joseph Fourier a French mathematician, the Fourier transform has been all-important to understanding complex waves such as human speech. The Fourier transform breaks up complex functions into a combination of simple waves. It has been vital to modern signal analysis and physics.

Euler’s Formula

Developed by Leonhard Euler, this equation has been extremely influential to several fields including physics, mathematics, and engineering by relating the mathematical constant e, trigonometry, and complex numbers.

Normal Distribution Function

With its well-known bell curve graph, the normal distribution is extremely important to statistics for describing behaviors of large groups. This statistical technique is so important that it is used in many areas of science. 

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: isn't it crazy how the derivative of e^x is e^x? That's such an arbritrary number isn't it? At the same time it's not, though. Because at any point on e^x, the slope is equal to e^x. But at the same time, the integral of e^x is also e^x. so not only is the slope of e^x e^x, the area underneath the graph of e^x is also e^x. Does that not blow your fucking mind?
why your grades aren’t the most important thing in the world

story time!

when i took calculus one, for the first semester i was super sick and in-and-out of the hospital and missed a lot of the foundation stuff, so pretty much all of the class went completely over my head. i didn’t understand it whatsoever. around february i has a 56% in the class, and luckily by may i was able to bring it up to 72%. did i do shitty on the final? yep. did i get the lowest class grade i’ve ever gotten in my life? yep. did it bring down my GPA by a bit? yep. do i still low-key despise math because of that class? yep. but you know what else? i can look back at that class and see all of the hard work that i put into it. i know that i studied my butt off for that class even though i didn’t want to do it and it felt pointless since i had missed so much of the class already. but since i know that i tried my best, i don’t even mind that i barely skated by in that class. because i’m damn proud of that final grade of 72% because it’s better than the 56% that i had for most of the class. 

so with finals and report cards coming up in the next few weeks, don’t fixate on that one number. because here’s the thing, if you focus only on getting a perfect grade in the class, you will get stressed and anxious and are more likely to procrastinate because it feels impossible. but if you focus on just trying your best and don’t think too much about getting a perfect grade, you will feel more at ease and the good grades will come as a result to that positive outlook. for example, instead of saying “ugh i only have a 70% in this class it’s going to be impossible to bring my grade up”, try saying “i have slacked off in this class, that’s fine, i just need to work my ass off to bring it up and then i will feel better about my grade.” it’s okay if you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, everyone has that one class that just kicks your ass. so don’t fret. take a breath. you got this.

A scanned copy of my complete list of derivatives. My professor offered this bonus assignment and told us the best one would receive a 110. I was really going for that 110!


12 may 2018 [星期六]

Rewrote a ton of notes today. Recording a time lapse of my note taking is actually really effective in forcing me to focus - plus it’s fun to watch after 😂

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