June 18th, 2010, 01:01 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2009 Posts: 251 Thanks: 0  Introduction
Hi. I guess it's time to introduce myself even though I've been a year or so. As my egotistical screen name implies, I am in a graduate math program at MSU in NJ. It's a pretty small program, although they are making fast efforts to improve it. What my screen name doesn't tell you is just how inexperienced (and bad) at math I am. I do not have a math background. I was a computer programmer for 20 years. I lost my job during the dotbomb era, had some family and personal issues and did not want to go back to programming (and my skills were very outdated). Eventually, I convinced my local graduate math program to let me in by doing well in Calculus I, II, and III classes. I even scored a graduate assistance position (whew!). In short I am a graduate math student who has very little math background. So I try to learn advanced math topics at the same time as learning the basics. I often learn the basics by asking professors stupid questions that any undergrad sophomore would know. Many of my teachers who don't know my background think I'm the dumbest grad math student ever. They might be right, but not for the reasons they think. So now you know the reason for all of my stupid questions in the advanced topics forums. Thanks all for your answers. This site has been  and will be  very valuable to me. One day, if I have a free minute or two, maybe I can return the favor to those who have even less experience than me (if they actually exist). P.S. Is it possible to change screen name's on this site? Mine is just way too arrogant sounding. I need a name something like MathChallenged, or NotAbleToCount. 
June 18th, 2010, 03:31 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3  Re: Introduction
Heh. Stupid questions are always helpful. I've also noticed very good responses from you, so while I'm surprised you're a grad student, I'm also surprised that you have very little background. Uh, welcome? I guess. 
June 18th, 2010, 09:17 PM  #3  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Introduction Quote:
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June 21st, 2010, 11:47 PM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,943 Thanks: 1132 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: Introduction
I've been stumbling through (some) mathematics for a few years now. There are certainly some talented members here. Welcome MSUMathGuy.

June 23rd, 2010, 07:44 PM  #5  
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December 24th, 2010, 10:21 AM  #6  
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December 24th, 2010, 10:30 AM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2010 Posts: 502 Thanks: 0  Re: Introduction
I am about to enter a graduate math program myself. How very... terrifying it seems.

December 24th, 2010, 11:00 AM  #8  
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There are different types of programs. Some are pure math and some are applied math. Which type are you entering? If you have a math background, it should not be too difficult (nor too easy).  
December 24th, 2010, 07:10 PM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2010 Posts: 502 Thanks: 0  Re: Introduction
Pure math all the way. I've been studying math for years as it is, and I fell quite comfortable from within my ivory tower. What do you study?

December 25th, 2010, 08:03 AM  #10  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Introduction Quote:
 

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