paralith wrote:

And after ALL THOSE YEARS, now aren't you glad you learned a basic understanding of algebra?

if i actually knew what i could use algebra for, i'd have paid more damn attention and actually tried to remember the stuff.

the only thing i "learned" in school about algebra, is that you replaced numbers with letters, then tried to find out what numbers the letters was.

and i never managed to reliably understand the reduction of algebra,

simple stuff like x+1-x = y, find x, i was unable to figure out because of my fundamental lack of understanding negative numbers,

nor did i have any will to figure it out by myself, because i saw no inherent benefit in it, only puzzles thrown at me by teachers to torture, and shift focus from things that i liked doing.

of course its stupefyingly simple, just have to think of it in terms of

(+x) (+1) (-x) = y

x-x+1 = y

y = 1

6 years in school did NOTHING to help me understand those basic principles, teachers just kept piling on top all the other mathematics,

so no, i'm not glad.

those were 6 years of my childhood wasted behind a schoolbench.

i also have heard testimonies from 3-4 engineers, asking them how much of what they learned at school, has been useful for them, they answer

"nothing", when you finish school and go in as an apprentice, you basically have to learn how to everything.