So Much To Do, So Little Time!!!

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Hey everyone!

Well I am currently on Unit three of the Castilian Spanish language course from Rosetta Stone and progressing decently, at least in my opinion! I have also started Japanese, and am still early on in the first unit of Japanese language pack. Wow, what a difference! Spanish and English have a few similarities, but Japanese is from a whole another planet! It’s fun though, especially because it is so amazingly different from what I’ve been used to my whole life.

I am currently up to Algebra, Geometry and a few other things on Khan Academy.

Right now for the programming languages I am focusing on C, Python, and Java. But I am also working PHP, JavaScript, and a couple others in when I have time.

My first online course that I am actually registered for, begins in approx 15 days. It is a Greek and Roman Mythology course offered online by The University of Pennsylvania. I also start a Mathematical Thinking course soon, offered by Prof. Devlin of Stanford University.

I am of course still working on CS50 Fall 2011, and am registered for the online class CS50x, starting on October 15th, offered by and Prof. David J Malan.

Look for more updates soon and I will try to be more detailed next time, I just don’t have much time today.

Have a good one!

What The Frak, Part Deux

my khan academy energy points and stats

Chillen with Magellan! (awarded for achieving proficiency in 100 different skills)

Finally! Yesterday I finally finished the Khan Academy module on Fractions. It seemed to take forever but I achieved proficiency in the 35 skills that make up the module. I am now working on Exponents and Radicals, Statistics, Probability, and a dozen other little odds and ends (like stem & leaf trees, graphs, bars, charts, perimeter, etc) in the Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra section.

I now have over 400,000 Energy Points.

As John Chrichton would say… “What The Frak!”

what the frak!

Just a simple update today on my progression in mathematics. I have now been going through the Khan Academy mathematics modules for 19 days. I started at the very beginning with simple addition and subtraction and have now worked my way up to theĀ  fractions modules. I have two months until my online classes on edX start (offered by MIT and Havard), so I have a couple months to get through algebra and hopefully trig so I can be ready for the computer science and programming courses.
Current Energy Points (KhanAcademy): 291,195

Have a great day and thanks for reading.

Who Needs Math In The Real World Anyways?

The Khan Academy by Salman Khan

… Me apparently!

Being a lot better at the maths would really help me in my goals to further my own education and especially with computer science and programming.

As part of my independent learning journey I have started reviewing mathematics from the ground up. I started on Khan Academy about 13 days ago (at the very first level with basic addition and subtraction) and have quickly progressed through the arithmetic stage. What has startled me, is just how much basic math skills I have forgotten in the 8+ years since I used math and probably 15+ years since I did math without a calculator. Reviewing math from the bottom up I can confirm my own thoughts that it would be vital to get back into the swing of things mathematically. I have progressed up to the factors, fractions, and exponents modules and will be moving on to the geometry & algebra modules within a week I predict.

I have a new thirst for knowledge and have given myself a goal of becoming proficient at math and progressing all the way to the higher level maths that I never achieved before. The furthest I went in math was what my high school, Kent-Meridian in Kent, Washington, called “Algebra 3 with Trig”. It was the class right after Geometry and before Precalculus. I was always good at geometry but never desired to go very far with math; but that has all changed and I am looking forward to, and even excited about, becoming highly educated on mathematics.

My very generic planned course of progression for learning mathematics:

Arithmetic — > Geometry / Algebra –> Algebra II –> Probability / Statistics –> Precalculus / Trigonometry –> Differential and Integral Calculus –> Multi-variable Calculus –> Differential Equations –> Linear Algebra –> Proofs –>

… and then in no particular order I intend to at least get familiar with the following topics:

* Graph Theory * Real Analysis (Key) * Number Theory * Complex Analysis * Abstract Algebra (Key) * Topology * Discrete Mathematics *

So to end this post I will give an update on my progress thus far in math at KA:

Current Khan Academy “Energy Points”: 227, 247.