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Which branch of math would you say is the most difficult?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7887points) September 22nd, 2010

At least for you, why was it difficult?
Does it depend on what type of learner you are?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

AP Geometry was the most difficult for me. I had it during my freshman year in high school. I don’t know why exactly, but I had a hard time remembering the different theorems and formulas.

As for what other people may think, it definitely depends on the type of learner they are and how they think. Some people are good at all kinds of math while others struggle even with the basics.

gravity's avatar

ummm all of it yep all of it… i don’t even like playing dominos bc there is adding involved LOL
give me science or english anyday!

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Seaofclouds I agree with you. I hate Geometry

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Logarithms. I hate it so much I’ve given it its own branch of mathematics.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

All of it.
No, seriously. I don’t understand math. I’m not proud, but I have just never really been able to wrap my head around it. I suspect if I had a developed a firm grasp on the basics as a kid that it wouldn’t be a problem now, but I am so far behind at this point I think I would have to start all over again.

Aster's avatar

I was very good at algebra but I never had trig or geometry.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Multivariable calculus was the point where I got bored and gave up.

free_fallin's avatar

Calculus and Trigonometry were tricky and more difficult than the others. I think I had the most difficulty with those because it was my senior year in high school and I was concentrating on my future rather than classes. (I realize they went hand in hand.) I love math. I have enjoyed every math subject I’ve ever had to take. It all makes sense to me, like those two pieces of a puzzle you can never figure out; math was/is like that for me and I am always able to figure it out.

timtrueman's avatar

Linear algebra or spherical trigonometry but probably because those are the ones I use the most and have no school background for…self-learning those two has not be a fun experience. Is there anything out there aside from MIT’s OpenCourseWare?

ratboy's avatar

There are hard problems in all branches of mathematics.

ducky_dnl's avatar

I actually don’t have a problem with math at all. It’s the one subject I actually like. When I was in third and hated math though, divison was a nightmare. I cried infront of my classmates because I couldn’t understand it. Now, whenever I run into them and they say anything, I laugh and say, “I’m an A student in math.” I guess it clicked. :P

Frenchfry's avatar

Word problems. HATE them.

Jabe73's avatar

I had to learn Trigonometry (because of working with transformers) when I was in tech school. Outside of Algebra and Geometry I can’t say I had to deal with anything more difficult. Ironically I had to learn how to use all types of formulas to solve complicated electrical problems. I had to learn to solve series/parallel circuit problems in elecronic circuits. Ironically after all that mathematical study when I started working in my current field I never really had to use any of this stuff I learned ever again (I do get into some basic Ohm’s Law calculations but that is really it). It has mainly been a more hands on type of career for me. In fact I forgot a good deal I did learn from not using the math in such a long time. I guess if I would of taken up electrical engineering instead it would have been a different ballgame. My toughest math experience had to be dealing with some of the more complicated electrical problem formulas to solve electrical problems. I actually heard Calculus is the most difficult type of math (from others who had to learn it).

Discobitch's avatar

Good question. When it comes down to true branches, I’d say systems analysis isn’t easy, since it involves quite a lot of things that aren’t easy in themselves like differential equations.

As for understanding… manifolds aren’t easy.

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