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October 10th, 2017, 10:26 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, 09:10 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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