Monday, September 24, 2007

Breaking Point

I have totally hit it with Stats. Every week, we continue to get taught more and more of this. And never once do the professors stop to really make sure we are getting it. It's like fitting gallons of math through a pin size funnel. I just can't learn this fast.

There are eight weeks of this class. We have three reference materials; an online book by one of the professors (5 chapters to read), another book on decision making (9 chapters to read) and the actual stats book (13 chapters to read).

The stats reading is over 850 pages. Included in there are over 400 practice problems. Last week it took me an hour to get through 10 pages and fully absorb the concept. I am so far behind that I really don't even know what is being taught at this point.

But I think I get probability. Here's an easy one for you.
Figure out the probability that a 40 year old man will pass a stats class if he's reading 10 pages an hour and is three weeks behind in comprehension.


(Sorry, just a bad day. I'll get past it.)



Blogger Matthew said...

I had to take stats twice - once in undergrad and once in grad school.

I did so poorly in undergrad (C-) that my grad school wouldn't accept it as meeting their requirement so I had to take it again. I got a C.

I guess what I'm trying to tell you is... Don't ask me.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

I spent four years taking a stats class. Actually, it was just a semester, but felt like four years.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

Nice. I know you're frustrated but your stat example made me laugh. I guess it just hit home.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Stats is the reason I did not get a minor in Psychology. Stats II to be exact, I dropped it after the first week.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Rich | Championable said...

Dude. Stats is totally street. I use Blink theory instead of Math. It makes meca badass.

4:00 PM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

I loved going to art school. There was no such thing as "stats"

4:02 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

That's why my degrees don't involve math. I can handle accounting, but that's about it.

Any chance for a gentleman's C?

5:01 PM  

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