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#### DeusAbscondus

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Hellow mathematical brethren and sisteren,

For the many who don't me, I am 52 year old lay-about sometime snake-catcher, educator

I am currently going through a beginner's course in Calculus which has very low previous learning requirements.

My question:

Please have a look at this error of mine, kindly pointed out by Mark FL then Sudharaka, at: http://www.mathhelpboards.com/f10/another-maximum-min-problem-2113/

then consider the following:

Given that the error is arithmetical, it seems to me on reflection that I am in need of a great deal of remedial work in algebra and even pre-algebra. (Another area I have already identified as a weakness is: trigonometry and the identities. And I understand that weakness or ill-preparedness in these areas is the most commonly reported reason for failure at Calculus)

I would love to hear from you educators out there as to my predicament:

- did I go off half-cocked, therefore, ill-advised, when I took on Calculus when I did

- or, if not, how common is my predicament in your collective experience of adults trying to learn math(s)?

- finally, while there is no going back (I could not imagine turning my back on the little calculus which I

Thanking you in advance for your considered input.

Deus Abscondus

For the many who don't me, I am 52 year old lay-about sometime snake-catcher, educator

*manque*and now, most recently, amateur of maths and physics.I am currently going through a beginner's course in Calculus which has very low previous learning requirements.

My question:

Please have a look at this error of mine, kindly pointed out by Mark FL then Sudharaka, at: http://www.mathhelpboards.com/f10/another-maximum-min-problem-2113/

then consider the following:

Given that the error is arithmetical, it seems to me on reflection that I am in need of a great deal of remedial work in algebra and even pre-algebra. (Another area I have already identified as a weakness is: trigonometry and the identities. And I understand that weakness or ill-preparedness in these areas is the most commonly reported reason for failure at Calculus)

I would love to hear from you educators out there as to my predicament:

- did I go off half-cocked, therefore, ill-advised, when I took on Calculus when I did

- or, if not, how common is my predicament in your collective experience of adults trying to learn math(s)?

- finally, while there is no going back (I could not imagine turning my back on the little calculus which I

*have*managed to get under my belt, in order to concentrate exclusively on remedial, or "back-fill" work on shoring up a hastily constructed calculus edifice) I would, nevertheless be open to constructive help as to how to design a course of study tailored to meet the needs of someone like me, or even develop a better*pedagogical*understanding of my predicament and what it entails: what pitfalls to avoid, what strengths and habits to cultivate etc*(and that is no more than to observe that I have years of maths formation and gradual maths maturation missing)***given my acknowledged status as a remedial student**Thanking you in advance for your considered input.

Deus Abscondus

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