lilblaze 2 years ago Is there an easy way to learn how to do limits and find the continuity of limits? I feel like a complete jackass in class.

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1. godorovg

you there??

2. lilblaze

I'm here now.

3. godorovg

okay what do you know about limits?

4. godorovg

here is a video that shows the how limits works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB8CzZEd4xw take a look at this and message me with any questions..

5. lilblaze

Ok, I'll have a look at the video.

6. godorovg

did the video site work for you?

7. lilblaze

Unfortunately no. I could not attend the first week of class in Calculus due to late registration and have only had the class for 2 whole days, and I don't understand anything pertaining limits. I know that some limits can be factored, and they can equal $\frac{ 0 }{ 0 }$ or $\frac{ nonzero }{ 0 }$ but other than that I just don't know what to do with myself as far as trying to comprehend this incredibly complex subject.

8. godorovg

here is a website I found on the subject for you http://www.sparknotes.com/math/precalc/continuityandlimits/summary.html

9. godorovg

limits without knowing the basics it is hard to teach them.

10. godorovg

like you said limits can have different answers and ways to solve them, although not all problems you will encounter have a simple limit

11. godorovg

limit states is how close that limit will come to let's say we limit goes to 3 this means. -3 can not be included in this limit because it would cause the limit tp be zero. so we know that limit as it gets to three will never touch three. The website I posted will show you this in detail.

12. godorovg

you on?

13. lilblaze

Yeah, I'm here. Checking out the spark notes site. It might serve as a valuable crutch for me.

14. godorovg

limits doing them online like this with the way I draw would be something from scary a movie lol

15. lilblaze

Ha, it's cool man. It's really just good and reassuring to know that there are genuinely good-hearted people in this world concerned with helping others succeed in areas they struggle the most in.

16. godorovg

hey that is true and that is why I am here, I hope to change the way students think of math someday. I think the prblem with math way back when you start learning math a bad teacher or just not getting what is needed to be known, leaves a bad taste and that is what starts most student to hate math.

17. lilblaze

Abso-freaking-lutely. I promise you I had that epiphany about a week ago. One bad experience, and you avoid it forever. I almost 'threw my life away' (in my eyes) in College over these past few months. I would love to be heavily affiliated with Law, but I don't have the time do go through the process (as of now). I went from Electrical Engineering, to Business, back to Engineering (Computer Science). The way I see it, Completing College in 4 years is worthless if you're not in Nursing or Technology.

18. godorovg

true and point you made is well taken. The job market is so bad in some areas there are no jobs, most most people will tell you the nursing or computers is the way. While I find that to be true, people in college tend to over specailize for a thier degree and that is what shuts most doors. I think a an education is worth getting and if for the fact to prove to yourself you can do it, to me that is something worht more than any job can pay you. what you achive in this life can not be taken and getting a four degree is priceless and it means you have made it.

19. godorovg

I want you to think about this sometime, don't do something for a job. Major in something that you will enjoy and go for it!! There is no way to know weather a job is open or not. Depending now many years you have left need to do what you love the most. Please don't fall into the trap well I am not going to do this degree because there is no job. If you a have the desire and work hard, sometimes jobs find you if you are good and show passion in what you do just saying IMO..

20. lilblaze

I've been told that so many times. I am an analytic freak when it comes to critiquing/designing Video Games (I can do that with a degree in CS). I know I'll always have a future as an Analyst if nothing else. I'm a rather pragmatic guy who values versatility and believe I have incredible judgment. In terms of how I think about my College Experience, there are so many things I love and prepare for that I don't think having a College Degree will make what I love anymore valuable than it already is to me or in the eyes of others.

21. godorovg

yes and you know you are enough without a degree, and I think that is AWESOME. Because in other words, have other passions that will get you a job and other ways if achiveing that goal when it comes time. You are very smart and don't allow the Job market to tell you what you are to do for a living that in itself never works. Free advice

22. lilblaze

In return, YOU have a great point about the over-specializing in a particular area. That's where I think people find themselves walking down a lonely road looking for approval (a job) where they actually feel wanted instead of needed (overworked and neglected). One thing I was and will never be satisfied with is being one-dimensional. I absolutely cannot stand that. Sometimes people ask me: "What EXACTLY do you do?" And I always tell them in its most simplest form; "I do just about everything." It always tends to leave people baffled.

23. lilblaze

Where they desire to feel wanted instead of needed*

24. godorovg

My passion is math and helping on openstudy.com. I have health issues right that will prevent me from going to a real college campus, but i have the desire and passion to get my degree so I am going to do on-line And in keeping with math and what I love I am gong to study engineering Management from Arizona State University on-line. Job or no I don't care I just want my four year degree. I don't want people to feel for me, although I am suffering with COPD in the early Stage 3 that effects my lungs and that is why I don't work. I am not going to give up and will get my degree..

25. lilblaze

You can do what you so rightly please. Experience is the one thing that plagues the modern era we live in. Keep up the good work here, and before you know it, you can become an official moderator and have something brilliant to put on your resume. You have a goal, you have a plan, and from what I can see, you're on the track you want to be on. That's what's important to you, and dammit it's important to me.

26. lilblaze

Lack of Experience*

27. godorovg

sometimes I think most students have no clue when they leave and go to college what it really means? Some students jump to college for the wrong reasons or just not ready for college. The only reason most students go to college is presure from parnets and that to me is never good. Yeah, and about the openstudy.com I have applied to be a Ambassodor of this site. Not sure if I get it or not. But I am going to try to do it.

28. lilblaze

Guess what my friend, I am one of those students you're talking about. Indecisiveness will murder you in College and the real world. It nearly put my academic career six feet under my Freshman year. Rushed into College, with no real plan, goals, or objectives. It's terrible, and parents just don't get it. They're just so proud you didn't flunk out.

29. godorovg

In this day and age I feel sorry for the young kids of today world. Looking at the family in general most school age kids don't have mom and dad it is one or the other but rarely both. That plus the presure from other students and your family can drive most students to flunk out and start down the wrong path. Having a dad in my life might have changed my path a litte. I have no regerts in what I have done, I know my past will be there. The difference I know I can not live in the past so I move forward. If there is one thing I have learned being 43 years old is that you make your own path in this wold and most of make sure it is what you want and don't allow others tell otherwise.

30. godorovg

Here is something for you to think about. I am going to tell someting here I taught myself math by reading books and watching math videos on-line that is why I understand math so well. So many times while I was in school people would tell me I am not smart enough to do the higher math like Calc 1 I proved to myself and didn't care what said and that is the path I am following no matter what others say about it.

31. godorovg

My passion and desire to help students in math what drives me the most..

32. lilblaze

That's such a beautiful thing man. It's almost scary that so many people do not have the drive to do something for themselves; nonetheless others. We humans have always had the capability to astonish ourselves when we're committed. Ha, it's just an honest blessing that regardless of the trials and tribulations that we all endure - the people you coach, teach, and grow with become infinitely more valuable than the job you retain, the title you hold, or the money you make.

33. godorovg

Great response man!!

34. godorovg

WOW great points and pont well taken. Not only that it holds true for all..

35. godorovg

36. lilblaze

Yeah, I've been looking over spark notes and khan academy. I'm really interested in learning how to interpret and solve them when only given a graph.

37. godorovg

sorry for asking this you are in college? I think you said this but just tell me again so I know for sure?

38. lilblaze

Yeah, 19 y/o Sophomore in College.

39. godorovg

nice job!!

40. lilblaze

Thank you sir.

41. godorovg

the other question I need to know are you in Calc 1 in college or precalc?

42. lilblaze

Calculus I, I took Trigonometry over the Winter Break so I could actually begin my academic career in Computer Science.

43. godorovg

is the limits in calc 1 the only issue within the class, you are having?

44. lilblaze

Yes, precisely. I'm sure I'll struggle some more when we begin incorporating identities (I did in Trig), but I feel a bit more confident with them. Trying to follow my professor is like a doctor putting both of his fingers in front of your face and saying 'Follow my fingers (spreading them apart)'

45. godorovg

ha ha funny.. Yeah sometimes you have to search for other ways to learn. Lucky for you I know other video sites and where to find such info on the web.

46. godorovg

and it is free

47. lilblaze

You are not obligated to share, but I would greatly appreciate any contributions!

48. godorovg

no problem I would love to share this info, go utube video and search for graghing limits or look up MIT free classes this site has math videos on the subjects you need

49. godorovg

or if you lke books go to the LIb and ask for a book called Calc made easy and that is anohter source for to you use along with the text book you have.

50. godorovg

The other thing I am going to tell you, plz take this advice and use it, Whatever you do in math don't just go through the class and don't learn the Calc 1, this is why most students after doing Trig struggle learn what is needed for the next class. Because as you finding out math builds and builds the higher go. I would say try to master what is needed for you to get your degree and what is needed for the next math. Trust me if just go through class and blindly and not fully understand it you are only hurting yourself the higher you get in math. Just saying. Also, take notes and make sure you have notes so you can study from them. Lastly ask questions in class because other students will have the same questions as you. just some free advice..

51. godorovg

Most of all work problems even if they aren't needed for homework that is the best way to learn to math. You have to get your hands and get in there and do it.

52. lilblaze

Yeah, I'll more than likely make that purchase of 'Calculus Made Easy'. One thing I've concluded about interacting in my classes is that, if I'm not asking questions then I don't know what's going on and neither do my peers. So my goal is to actually go to class knowing what's going to be taught, or at least have a decent grasp of the material.

53. godorovg

that is the idea, but don't be afraid to the teacher with questions either. I mean if there are things that are not making sense ask about them.

54. lilblaze

Yeah, I plan to meet with my professor Tuesday afternoon after his last class comes to a cessation.

55. lilblaze

I'll make it a habit, just so he knows I'm serious about learning and comprehending the material.

56. godorovg

that is a good idea..

57. lilblaze

Yeah, well it's been great talking with you man. I'm gonna have to call it a night. It's pretty late. Take care.

58. godorovg

Hey I am a big fan of you. Let me know if you need help send message I will help you anytime night man..

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