[Blindmath] Audio Calculus WAS Re: relearning calculus

Ken Perry kperry at blinksoft.com
Wed Mar 20 19:52:53 CDT 2013


I started with matrixes in college what they called math 105 and did all the
way up to the third level Calculus using audio.  In all 5 classes including
Trig and I did it all with audio and a reader.  I got to the point I could
do 5 page math problems without a reader (I actually did that ona  oral test
once)  So it is something you can do but understand I was sited till I was
20 and had an equivalent to an AS in electronics before I lost my site.  So
I am still a visual learner even though I am 100% blind.  It's just the way
my brain works.  When I was sited I could flip through a math book right
before a test and using the examples I saw I would Ace the test.  So when I
study I actually have to think of the pictures.  I used all the books from
RFBD to get my degree and it worked great for me.  Now with that all said.
I now work for APH and have seen the benefits of braille.  I am sure you
have all seen the project I am working on with Orbit research and TI which
is the new Talking / audio graphing calculator  and it will have braille out
simply because it's something that is a very important part of math for
someone who cannot conceptualize in pictures in their mind.  It's important
to be able to see the whole problem and if that means you have to do it on
paper braille is the way to go.  So yes for some people they can do
everything from audio but I think the number is far lower than those who
cannot.

Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Amanda
Lacy
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:11 PM
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Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Audio Calculus WAS Re: relearning calculus

I need Braille along with things I can touch, and even then with too much
visualization my brain simply shuts down. I tend to use algorithmic (step by
step) techniques to solve problems whenever possible.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tami Jarvis" <tami at poodlemutt.com>
To: "Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics" 
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Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:03 PM
Subject: [Blindmath] Audio Calculus WAS Re: relearning calculus


> Yikes! I'm still a ways away from my own relearning of calculus... 
> Gotta get my grip on the braille codes and conceptualizing it all 
> without seeing it. I can't imagine doing it in audio only, though! Hm...
>
> Now I want to ask how many can manage calculus with audio courses? I'm 
> suddenly curious. Also, I'm thinking that if I hear a bunch of other 
> people can do it, I'll get over my own struggles with conceptualizing 
> math and a couple of other things through audio. I prefer braille, 
> honestly, for many things, but have a feeling I limit my own resources 
> by whining when I'm trying to listen... /grin/
>
> Tami
>
> On 03/20/2013 11:20 AM, Ken Perry wrote:
>> When I like to buff up I go back to the books I learned it from on rfbd. 
>> Of
>> course now I have to go to learning Ally but hey who's keeping track 
>> of all those things.  I can tell you they have lots of text books 
>> though and if you're a book learner who can learn by audible it no 
>> class needed.
>>
>> With hat said a lot of the colleges like MIT and others now have 
>> their courses you can audit on line.  You don't get the credits but 
>> you can watch the class.
>>
>> Ken
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
>> John G.
>> Heim
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:10 PM
>> To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
>> Subject: [Blindmath] relearning calculus
>>
>> I need to relearn calculus. I have a BS in math so 30years ago I went 
>> way beyond calculus. But I don't remember a darn thing from back then.
>> Can anyone recommend a good on-line course or perhaps just a place 
>> with good accessibility that offers on-line math courses?
>>
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