*Dear Mathematics,*

Who
doesn’t want to breathe the life of their much loved TV characters? I always
liked how scientists Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard escort a cool everyday
life in the Big Bang Theory TV series. I was always enthralled by the way
sometimes they do some haphazard calculations and demands to hit upon something
new-fangled or to attest some hypothesis; and how one day they yearn for to get
the noble prize.

I
always anticipated myself possessing a white board, where I could inscribe some
mathematical formulas and toil day and night, may be after a number of days, or
even after years of hardship I will come up with something innovative for the civilization.
It was forever a delusion I could never pull off; partly because I was in no
way that much concerned about mathematics. Or maybe the foundation in charge-to
inspire me couldn’t do so as it should be.

Since
early days I always got above average marks in mathematics and my O’level and
A’level math result was brilliant. But things changed when I got my first
calculus class at NSU. My entire thought of what mathematics is, changed out of
the blue. Things come to pass for a reason right?

May
be that’s why I had to do again Calculus and Analytical Geometry –I, three
times, with different faculties. It was the first time I repeated any course.
When I tried to stumble on the grounds behind my bad end result, I was taken
aback to see that, the problem lied in the way I used to envision mathematics.

I
thought mathematics in particular means learning some set formulas and to decipher
given problems using them. So I could deal with problems from examples or those
done in the class. But in the assessment, when some new conceptual questions
were given, I always became blank. I became conscious of my problems. Not to
forget one of the most awful incident at a Math Olympiad, when I could answer
only two questions out of eight.

From
then onward I changed the way I used to deal with math. I laid more emphasis
on the concept and always try to see them graphically or relate them with real
life scenario in my mind's eye, whenever valid. I know that, it’s all about
practice and patience, and you have to be devoted to math. I found that I often
face problem in Differentiation and Integration and until the end of time try
to run away from them. So I tried to carry out them more. As a result my subsequent
math classes were very good. Yes I still get terrified whenever I see a hard-hitting
math problem, but at least now I do have the valor to at least give it a try.

If
I am ever asked, what I would have changed in the times of yore, so that in the
present day, my math solving skills would have been superior; then without
doubt the retort will be the teaching tactic of some teachers. There are quantities
of faculties who put in order a deposit of notes and repeat them year after
year, with particular five to ten examples. They have a propensity to give only
those problems in the examination to evaluate the students. And that’s where,
because of this bogus contest, general students have a tendency to practice
only those examples for the tests. They are often not paying attention to experiment
with new mathematics. And I am one of them.

If
you don’t like a player, hate him but you can’t blame the whole game. In this
case I don’t know who is answerable, the game, the institution; or the players,
the game makers, our teachers. I am blessed enough to get few mathematics
teachers, who are self-assured enough and know what they are schooling. Some of
them were victorious in visualizing the significance of mathematics to me.
Mathematics is amusing, if the right self teaches you and if you can
distinguish how to play with it. Otherwise, math means mind-numbing hit and
miss statistics and paranormal equations.

*~Yours truly,*

*A Bipolar Mathematics Lover.*

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