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    Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    For me, it is combinatorics. I think it is related to the fact that I have always been slow at mental arithmetic. (Even today, I cannot do something like 47 x 84 in my head!)
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    Probability? The uncertainty...
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexmahone View Post
    Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    For me, it is combinatorics. I think it is related to the fact that I have always been slow at mental arithmetic. (Even today, I cannot do something like 47 x 84 in my head!)
    I don't think being unable to do 47 x 84 in your head is something to worry about. I got "about 4000" as my answer...

    Personally, I find analysis difficult. I find it a very beautiful and elegant subject, but I do struggle with my epsilons and deltas...
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    I'm on the same boat as Swlabr. As much as the beauty of analysis seduces me, it only serves to trick me followed by a hard hit. :P I seem to have troubles beginning most exercises and getting the spirit of problem solving in this area.
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarceloFantini View Post
    I'm on the same boat as Swlabr. As much as the beauty of analysis seduces me, it only serves to trick me followed by a hard hit. :P I seem to have troubles beginning most exercises and getting the spirit of problem solving in this area.
    Which analysis textbook do you use?
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    Here in Brazil I'd say the most used textbook is "Um Curso de Análise" by Elon Lages Lima. I've heard of Rudin but unfortunately not at the same I was working through Analysis I, and now my time is limited during vacation because I signed for a summer course that started on Wednesday, going pretty fast. I do not have many other references though, I've heard of Apostol's "Mathematical Analysis" and even borrowed from the library, but haven't had the time to read through it.
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    On this moment, I think probability and cominatorics are the most difficult topics for me, because I'm never sure about my answers. But I've heard analysis (I start this course soon) is also really difficult for the same reason Swalbr said.
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    i find every topic of maths difficult...basically, i'm just not cut out of maths, even simple operations calculation i will also lose out to other people
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    Re: Which maths topic do you find most difficult?

    Vector geometry in general.
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