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Old 03-23-2005, 02:54 PM   #41
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All english lit does is over analyse books that may or may not be good (you never really find out after the analysis, in the end they're all the same) and over analyse poetry (by using the word fish here, which is from the sea, which is filled with water which contains hydrogen, we can see that the poet was really talking about her fear of war).
That's actually the part of English I enjoy. So I'm not really losing out to by taking it next year am I?


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Old 03-23-2005, 03:50 PM   #42
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Well, my main point in that fish thing that I said was that normally, english lit teachers over analyse so much that they get to a conclusion that was never on the mind of the author at all, not even subconciously (if that last word was correctly spelt then I'll be damned).

They do the same thing with little words in books as well.

That said, I've recently been reading a lot of essays on the internet by a person who actually has a degree in this stuff and I can see it does come in handy if you know what you're doing. This person has written essays on topics that have been covered thousands of times before by other people who don't have her degree and she manages to do it a hell of a lot better (it's actually analysis of books, which I guess makes me a hyppocrit). I guess I just had a bad experiance with it.

On the other hand, I would never in a million years tell anyone to ever do maths beyond what's forced upon you in school. That's just crazy, I don't need a bunch of dead mathematicians telling me that infinity and zero have nothing to do with each other. **coughraycough**

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Old 03-24-2005, 04:05 AM   #43
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subconciously (if that last word was correctly spelt then I'll be damned).
...Well, then it's good for you that you missed an 's', it's "subconsciously"...

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[...], I don't need a bunch of dead mathematicians telling me that infinity and zero have nothing to do with each other. **coughraycough**
...Well, it's not like they don't have anything at all to do with each other, for example
lim(x->infinity, e^x - e^x) = 0

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Old 03-24-2005, 08:41 AM   #44
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I was going more along the lines of x=variable (e.g, anything) then x/0 = infinity (and likewise x/infinity must therefore = 0, but Ray never liked any of that for some reason).

Of course this discussion has nothing to do with maths so we won't go into that.

And to me, subconsciously was always a word I could never spell without looking it up, and to me, my way looked right, which was why I said that. Now I see the error of my ways.

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Old 03-24-2005, 08:46 AM   #45
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I would never in a million years tell anyone to ever do maths beyond what's forced upon you in school. That's just crazy, I don't need a bunch of dead mathematicians telling me that infinity and zero have nothing to do with each other. **coughraycough**
That's just wrong. I never said something like that-- i said-- something else. Yap. I did. Also, math is the way it goes, babey! I encourage everyone to do even more maths then it's "being forced" upon you..! Yaamaan. DO IT.


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Old 03-24-2005, 09:01 AM   #46
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Of course this discussion has nothing to do with maths so we won't go into that.
...Awww, but I like math... In fact, I'll write a 300 minutes test in math on the 3rd of May for the Abitur...

...And as far as I know, x/0 isn't infinity, it's simply not possible, however lim(y->0, x/y) = inifinity (and likewise lim(y->infinity, x/y) = 0)




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Old 03-24-2005, 09:07 AM   #47
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Oh don't you start, that's the exact crap Ray came out with before.
Kidding.
Just because it's taught to you that x/o is impossible doesn't mean it's impossible, it's just easier to work with than infinity. There are some mathematicians out there who think that x/0 could be infinity as there are an infinate amounts of 0 in anything (think about it).

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Old 03-27-2005, 11:59 AM   #48
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Fraid it dosen't look like anybody wants to.

*pointless i know, but im in a bitchy mood*
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