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October 10th, 2017, 11:26 PM   #1
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Undergrad seeks Articulation Assistance...

Hello. New here to MyMathForum... (Will make intro in proper section).

So, I am in love with Maths and tried to relay that to a college admissions rep today ...it went poorly on both sides.

Long story short, I tried to relate navigation, Machining, and Animation to describe what I enjoy about math as a language that makes more sense to explain transformations of matter and projections of space/matter through/around other space/matter... I lacked all the appropriate verbage to illustrate the overlaps.

Does anyone have a good link, video, reference I could use to help my advisor advise me/plan out my degree path?? I told her I'm pretty sure in Topology Mathematics you learn how to talk about all this stuff and could use it for all sorts applications/industries, but the more reference i can get the better.

If I'm completely off in my understanding, please let me know. I haven't even started school yet, but NASA, USGS (GIS), SpaceX, and Age Progression type programs, hell even CGI movies have to all have something in common.

I ended up rambling on and on about Poincaré Conjecture and Blah Blah Blah...Poor Advisor probably thinks I'm crazy.

Advice?

Thank you so much- Excited to meet everyone. -Aulie

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October 12th, 2017, 10:10 PM   #2
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I ended up rambling on and on about Poincaré Conjecture and Blah Blah Blah...Poor Advisor probably thinks I'm crazy.
Well Perelman's crazy too and that didn't stop him from solving the problem. Sometimes you have to be crazy. If he were sane he'd have taken a tenure track position and never gotten anything done.

But perhaps there's an issue of levels. If you are applying to math grad school that would be an appropriate comment, but if you just got out of high school and haven't taken calculus yet, that would be biting off more than you can chew. Or too much Wikipedia perhaps.

So what level of education are we talking about, and what kind of advisor is this?

ps -- College admissions. Ok. Well, take the standard year of calculus, then the standard year of multivariable calculus (including linear algebra and DiffEq), then real analysis, then differential geometry and general and algebraic topology. You'll need abstract algebra before the algebraic topology. This is all a pretty standard math major.

That's the math side. If you are more interested in applications, maybe you want to study computer games. Turns out they use quaternions.

But you have to walk before you run. I know the feeling, it's hard to be disciplined with your head in the clouds.
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October 19th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #3
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Hi there topsquark-

Thanks so much for the reply - You are so right>> walk before run - Copy.
Ok I see so your specialty is more for grad advisor talk, that makes sense.
I am 29yrs old. I graduated high school, but didn't take an sat or go to college yet.
I guess I can take it slow, but I am excited to test out of whatever I can. I've been studying on my own and think I can at least test in past calc2 and feel like I'll be able to catch on to everything really quickly. I was thinking about perhaps taking an SAT course so I could just go to a 4yr school and be ready for my masters etc right off the bat, but seems like I'll be taking the community college route for now. Seems sorta silly to begin without the end in mind, but maybe it doesn't matter if at least I know where I want to take things?

"Well Perelman's crazy too and that didn't stop him from solving the problem. Sometimes you have to be crazy. If he were sane, he'd have taken a tenure track position and never gotten anything done." - Thank you. You are the first person I've met in the Maths community. I've been reading books, but never talked to anyone who understands the Maths bug. I wrote an intro called Perelman's Eyebrow ate the nubie if you want to know more.

Serious thanks for the advice. My head IS high up in the math wonder clouds, but discipline I will acquire. and step by step I will go. seems great.

-Aulie

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I'm a little embarrassed here. I have no memory of posting in one of your threads? Anyway, thanks for the vote of confidence!

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I'm a little embarrassed here. I have no memory of posting in one of your threads? Anyway, thanks for the vote of confidence!

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