[Blindmath] Colllege calculus Questions

sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
Wed Jul 7 22:22:49 CDT 2010


Peter,
Having read most of your posts I am uncharacteristically unhappy. We  
are hear to help; don't antagonize us at large if you want our  
knowledge. My advice: stick to math. If you want to talk other things,  
at least start a new thread. This list is one of the few useful places  
to find math knowledge from the blind for the blind, so you'd do well  
not to toss random and incomprehensible insults.

I am a blind-from--birth actuarial science student. Lots of math  
there. I'd recommend, if you don't know Nemeth code (math Braille)  
then get a reader, use RFB&D (I can't but maybe others have experience  
with them?). Also try InftyReader and ChattyInfty. They will convert  
pdf files (if you can get your books that way) into LaTeX or spoken  
words, respectively. Daisy is good too, though the translation time  
ccan be slow.

I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said.

I wish you a very pleasant day.
Sarah Jevnikar


Quoting Peter Wolfe <sunspot005 at gmail.com>:

> I want the informatyou have to give. You got me all wrong and it's
> funny how most NFB people are this way with no comprimise and willing
> to throw people out on the rug cause it's not their way. Was I
> directing it at you sir? No, I wasn't merelyt wanting understanding
> and a little background into the real America that nobody sees on a
> day to day bases. I won't get into the details with the prevledged few
> in this nation of arrogant individuals. Reminder: I wasn't talking
> about you more like gearing it towards the people that might roam on
> this list like other e-mail list to clearly point out my stance and
> that of most americans against their self-centerism is killing
> education in this nation.
>
> cordially,
> Peter
>
> On 6/27/10, Birkir Rúnar Gunnarsson <birkir.gunnarsson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If you are truly interested in math-related issues I will post back to
>> this list with a few thoughts, if you are using the questions for
>> pseudo political preaching, I would wish you to take it elsewhere.
>> I find math difficult and applicable because it teaches abstract
>> thinking, perhapds better than any other subject. Being a programmer
>> is to learn to solve problems in a certain way and approach the task
>> from a computer perspective. Therefore you may not use math directly
>> in many of your jobs (I used it little in my 4 years of programming
>> work) but what you learn from the math courses and the concept and
>> strategies are essential for many types of programming.
>> So, please tune down the attitude or post those thoughts in a
>> different avenue, if you are, indeed, ready to talk math I will post
>> back with a few more thoughts.
>> cheers
>> -B
>>
>> On 6/27/10, Roopakshi Pathania <r_akshi_tgk at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> One area where serious Math like integration and differentiation and
>>> sometimes even Physics is needed is Gaming.
>>> I suppose even blind programmers could work on certain aspects of games,
>>> but
>>> can't say if they do in the real world.
>>> Of course good audio games would also require Math.
>>>
>>> Continuing with Shane's example, automating platforms that deal with data
>>> should in my understanding require calculus
>>>
>>> And then there is programming mathematical, financial, and physics models.
>>> If the model deals with calculus in some way, I suppose the programmer
>>> should know about it.
>>>
>>>> A typical calculus problem in the course I took anyway
>>>> might be 10 or so steps.
>>>
>>> When you move on to integration and Differential Equations, problems can
>>> become longer.
>>> Trig identities and set theory proofs can also be longer, but that is not
>>> Calculus.
>>> Or just may be I'm imagining things.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>
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> Peter Q. Wolfe, AS
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