The Study of Math Just to Learn

I am 48 and love math. I have two degrees in areas other than math. I fell in love with math after earning my second degree in 1994. A few years ago, I decided to learn math beyond the basics on my own.

Why pay for college courses when I can learn calculus and more via youtube and other math forums like this one? However, my family and certain friends think it is senseless to learn math with no goal in mind. They are looking at the practicality of math versus the need for better employment. Who knows what the future holds? Do you?

I may end up working as a tutor someday. Even if that does not happen due to age discrimination, I always will enjoy SOLVING FOR X. Math is like a puzzle to me. I get excited when finding the value of x.

I may not have much in life but one thing is certain, nothing can separate me from my passion of numbers. Still, it hurts when people consider me to be crazy or dumb for spending my days off learning math. What do you say? Why do you think people say it is senseless to study math without a goal or just to learn it?

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**nycmath** I am 48 and love math. I have two degrees in areas other than math. I fell in love with math after earning my second degree in 1994. A few years ago, I decided to learn math beyond the basics on my own.

Why pay for college courses when I can learn calculus and more via youtube and other math forums like this one? However, my family and certain friends think it is senseless to learn math with no goal in mind. They are looking at the practicality of math versus the need for better employment. Who knows what the future holds? Do you?

I may end up working as a tutor someday. Even if that does not happen due to age discrimination, I always will enjoy SOLVING FOR X. Math is like a puzzle to me. I get excited when finding the value of x.

I may not have much in life but one thing is certain, nothing can separate me from my passion of numbers. Still, it hurts when people consider me to be crazy or dumb for spending my days off learning math. What do you say? Why do you think people say it is senseless to study math without a goal or just to learn it?

Math is a game. It has its own rules. Playing a game by the rule, any game, is an enjoyment, and you expressed that feeling solving math problems. It is intellectual game, harder than chess game and to the math player it is more enjoyable than any other intellectual game.

In addition to be a game, math relates to the real world situation in so many ways that you cannot see it if you are not there. You should not deny to yourself the intellectual enjoyment of doing math because other people cannot do what you can. If anybody tells me why I am doing math I will tell him mind of your business.

Never look at the crystal ball about what will happen if you learn math. You may become a tutor, and eventually open your own tutoring firm. Stay on course.

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Thank you. They say the same thing about my love for playing solo guitar. I am not trying to be the next Roy Clark. I have been playing guitar since 1977. I play decently. Math is my game. I know more than most elementary and middle school math teachers. How do I know this to be true? I was a substitute teacher for many years in public schools. Teachers for grades k-8 can only solve math problems but they cannot provide the WHY of math. I am trying to go a little deeper than just solving math problems. I may or may not be a math tutor ever but my textbooks are going with me everywhere I go except into the afterlife.

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I can totally relate to your story. I grew up loving maths, doing maths puzzles and it was a fun game for me. After finishing my studies I've ended up being a maths tutor and I would say to you that you should should try it. I think you'll find it a very rewarding job.

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**Mathstutorjim** I can totally relate to your story. I grew up loving maths, doing maths puzzles and it was a fun game for me. After finishing my studies I've ended up being a maths tutor and I would say to you that you should should try it. I think you'll find it a very rewarding job.

Thanks. Occassionally, I tutor students in grades 1-8 but I want to take my tutoring to another level. I want to help high school and college students. Right now, I am a little rusty with precalculus.

I am also learning calculus 1 on my own. Not so easy to do but doable. I just completed implicit differentiation. I took the chapter test and scored 80%. This means I understood implicit differentiation and can move on to dericatives of inverse functions, which is the next chapter. At the same time, I am reviewing precalculus. I will continue lesrning math regardless of what they say.