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12 May 2011 @ 09:43 am

Which do you prefer:

I'm feeling: curiouscurious
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ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on May 12th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love doing math, and algebra in particular just feels good in my brain. I was shocked (and dismayed) to find tha geometry felt like gears grinding, rather than the smooth flight of all the other kinds of math I have done.

My (awesome) high school math instructor told me that this is common: people TEND to like one or the other significantly more. That was before I took geometry and I was looking forward to being an exception to the rule. Sadly, no dice.
wild, predictable abandoncontessagrrl on May 12th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
This was EXACTLY my experience. I was aware of the trend re: algebra/geometry and was sure I would be the exception, but alas, geometry never felt native to my brain.
Boring Nerd: triple nerdsignsoflife on May 12th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Conversely, I had a hard time with algebra, and geometry just came very naturally to me. I had other issues -- I was a 7th grader straight out of elementary school put in 8th grade honors Algebra -- but geometry just was never a struggle.

I have a lot more facility for Algebra, now, because I use it infinitely more than Geometry. I think that's too bad!
Renata Piperlyonesse on May 12th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
i love geometry, and i tend to think about it more. i'm probably more competent at algebra though.
metagnatmetagnat on May 12th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Geometry! So much more fun (in my opinion).
Mizarchivist: Huhmizarchivist on May 12th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
I had a lot more practice with algebra and my geometry experience was not encouraging, which is odd since I'm otherwise visually inclined.
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on May 12th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)

I like geometry when it's classical straight-edge and compass geometry. That's some fun stuff there. Algebra is mostly fun when it's story problems.

T Streich: Collegesweetbaboo on May 12th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
I like both, swimmingly. As far as I can tell, it's the way other people enjoy music, except I'm actually participating. Which is actually how some other people experience music, but I think you know what I mean.
DancingWolfGrrl: excel is my bitchdancingwolfgrrl on May 12th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
I think that the underlying difference for me is that I don't like arithmetic and do like proofs.
Doug Orleansdougo on May 12th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ditto! I don't care too much about triangles & shit, but geometry class for me was all about assembling chains of logic. Fun!
whynotkaywhynotkay on May 12th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
It seemed like all we did in geometry was memorize theorems in class, so I got permission to sit in the back and read books. That wasn't exactly a super entertaining class. I imagine that if I had head a harder geometry class, I might have liked it better.
Spike: Basic - fish ladderspike on May 12th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Geometry is objectively better :) It's spacial, full of constructive proofs, and directly manipulable: you don't need any symbols or representation to do many kinds of geometric proofs -- just a compass and a straight edge.

Algebra is, at worst, numeric, arithmetic, and often unworkable without a symbolic notation. And don't get me wrong, I love symbolic notations. (I♡λ) But, for me, this puts it somehow 'below' geometry in it's abstract beauty.

But really, this battle all comes down to two things for me: geometry is spacial and proof-oriented, and I love both of those things to pieces. Also: those things come incredibly naturally to me. Algebra feels like (the bad kind of) grinding.
jordanwillow: guildenstern lord of the dancejordanwillow on May 12th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
This was a hard one, because I kind of love both. But I remember ADORING geometry in school, whereas algebra was merely highly satisfying.
Will O'the Wispwotw on May 12th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)

What's the difference?
library_sexy: techlibrary_sexy on May 12th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)

I don't remember liking one over the other when I was learning them. Now when my job requires me to use some of the math I learned I often have to use them together.
harimad on May 12th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
I can't visualize worth a damn, which made calculus damn challenging. I saw equations and expected the ease of algebra. Was grievously disappointed. Passed the BC exam anyway, through sheer skull sweat and an on-call tutor in the form of a PhD mathematician parent.

Am much prouder of the passage because of the work involved. Good life lesson.
mirandamissionista on May 12th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
HATE geometry. Hate, hate, hate, HATE it. SO MUCH. I took one class and vowed never again. Just thinking about it is making me froth at the mouth.

So, by default, I picked algebra. That doesn't mean I like algebra, just that I hate it less. As soon as I could drop it, it went the way of the hot potato.
petal, the red-headed snippetrdhdsnippet on May 12th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Algebra has always seemed to me to have less ambiguous rules.

As one might imagine, I am a fan of unambiguous rules.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on May 12th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
An algebra problem is more satisfying to complete, like scratching an itch, but geometry is both more fun to DO and feels more real. So: geometry.
TWP: Brainsyouvebeenpixied on May 12th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
You forgot the option, "Sharp stick in the eye."
HighwayHawkhighwayhawk on May 12th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Gah. I *love* geometry, but for the sake of humanity I think we should remove it from schools and replace it with financial education. AKA - word problems you solve with algebra.

sabriel_sabriel_ on May 13th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
agreed re: financial education.
My brain....struggles a bit with both. Neither come naturally to me.
I feel like I can compare it to a language I don't speak fluently, can't quite get the knack of the accent, and don't quite understand the grammar/syntax rules.