[DMCForum] Re: UTI
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Well, wherever you go, you're going to need math. It's not that you're
going to be using formulas as they exactly appear in your textbooks
your're entire life. After all, simple addition, and subtraction is
all you need to balance a simple checkbook. But you need to learn
things like algebra, because it teaches you a thought process that
you'll need.

Car repair is the perfect example.

Here is a simple algebra problem: 1+X=3. To solve it, you have to
think backwards, and see what is missing from the equasion. Your end
goal is the value of "3", and you know that you already have a value
of "1" in the equasion. So you take away what you already know you
have, and you'll discover that the answer to 1+X=3 is "2". So the
correct formula when sovled appears as: 1+2=3.

Now apply that to car repair. You press the headlight switch on your
car, and the headlights do not come on. So, you've got an equation of:
"Push Headlight Switch+X=Headlights Turn On".

So, you've got one part of the equasion, the value of "Push Headlight
Switch", and you've got the end value that you want to obtain:
"Headlights Turn On". So now you've got the "equation" laid out, and
you troubleshoot everything accordingly. So, let's say that the
problem is a burned out fuse. You replace it, and everything works
now. So the answer to this equasion is: "Push Headlight Switch+Recieve
Power From Fused Source=Headlights Turn On".

That's the goal of many mathematical courses. Not always to bug you
with formulas that the average person won't use in their lifetime, but
to teach you new thought processes that you can utilize to better
solve problems.

Now yes, there are many carreers out there where you're going to need
to use the literal formulas themselves. You may have to figure out the
square footage of an area to know how much cement you need to order,
and pour. You'll need some pretty complex knowlege to be able to map
out a turbo charger. If you for some reason get mixed up in the world
of call centers (God help you if you do), you'll have to apply Erlang
C to forcast daily call volume.

In short, there is no easy way around math in any career. However, you
also need to recognize that math is also not a hinderence to you. It's
something that you can utilize, and exploit to your advantage. It just
may take something to click properly for you. If you're not 100%
comfortable with it, I'd reccomend getting some Middle School level
math learning software, and work your way up outside of class. Start
simple, and gain that confidence.

You're in college already, and that's a big step. It's also not easy
to go back once you've left. So that's something that you'll want to
definetly consider. However, if it's just a major that you want to
change, then just do that. If you decide that a degree in Engineering
isn't something that you want, because the field isn't appealing to
you, or eeven the job market once you get out, then great! Better to
know now, rather then after you've got all that time and money
invested. Hell, you may even change majors a few times durring
college. And that's fine. But first give things a shot, and change
your majors, rather than abandoning college altogether. You can always
change back a major. But leaving college is a pretty big step, that
isn't always as easy to reverse back as you might think. But if a
trade school for a particular field of employment that you'd enjoy
doing, and reaping the benefits from is what you really want to do,
then only you can make that decision.

-Robert



--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Josh Porter" <joshp1986@xxxx> wrote:
>
> No not the computer support services but the tech schools. Does anyone
> know anyone who has gone there? I'm going to a university but uh, lets
> just say that it turns out that I don't enjoy what I thought I wanted
> to do. Darn Math.
>
> Josh
>






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