Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Well that’s the rub, isn’t it(More seriously, even as a physics student I found a lot of it mystifying, but most of the strange symbols are actually straightforward if you have a little bit of calculus knowledge already.
Trig was where math lost me. I did very well in trig because I could follow the formulas and get the right answers, but for the first time in my academic career, I didn’t really understand why I was doing what I was doing. Which is a shame, because my number sense is actually pretty good, and up until that point math had come very naturally to me. But for all I knew, Soh Cah Toa were magic words, which if said correctly would transmute the numbers I was given into the numbers I was supposed to give back. And since I resigned myself to simply following the instructions to get the right answer, I never retained any of it, and any math more advanced would forevermore be beyond my grasp.
Yeah, the symbols themselves don’t intimidate me. Using symbols as a shorthand to express more complex meaning is something I understand well. The problem is, again, that I reached a point in my education where I no longer really knew what the symbols actually meant or why I was supposed to use a particular one in the context I was supposed to use it in. I just knew which buttons to push to make the black box tell me what the teacher wanted me to write on the paper.Most are either "condense 3 equations into 1 equation so we don't have to write as much" or "this is just the label we use for this important number or the standard label for a measurement." Like how pi is the symbol for the number you need in order to calculate a circle's area, or x is usually the independent variable and y is usually the dependent variable. It's just Greek symbols and high-level math symbols because all the English letters had already been used up, and it's easier to know what's going on if you don't repeatedly re-use the same symbols.