So I've decided to get my teaching certificate, and I have to pick up one more college math class before I can enroll in the teaching certification program. Today was the first day of "Math for Business and Social Science". I'm a smart girl. Did really great in school. Shouldn't be too hard, right?
My head was spinning. And hurting. Wait, is it even there anymore?
I was tracking with the instructor the first half, or even two-thirds, of class, and then there was a definite point where she crossed some line of understanding in my head and suddenly it didn't even seem like she was speaking English anymore. Or even any language from this planet, really. And the farther she went, the worse it got.
She noticed (God bless her) the fact that my head had exploded, and calmly asked at which point I had lost her. I couldn't even answer the question in a coherent way. All I could do was point at the board and say, "right about there." So she pointed out some things, explained where she had gotten the values to plug into the formula, made sure I saw how she solved the equation. OK. I feel a vague sense of familiarity with that. So I found myself with a weird case of alien echolalia, nodding my head and mimicking her:
the vertex of the parabola.......quadratic equation......m is the slope...... any questions? um, no. thank you. as parts of my brain lay helpless on the floor around me.
It's just the whole concept that is escaping me. How does an equation become a curvy line on a graph? How do I know the number I just came up with is the vertex? What sort of demented mathematician came up with this stuff, anyway? These questions wouldn't form themselves into a coherent thought in class, though. My mind was a fog of x's and y's and parabolas by that point. It was on the way home that I came to the definite conclusion that I may be in over my head.
That is, I would be if I still actually had a head.