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JisselFlores JisselFlores
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3 weeks ago
I've heard that learning proofs in university is a killer. What is it about high school learning that makes proofs loads more difficult in university?
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jk
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3 weeks ago
Basically in highschool you have math homework where you just repeat the same type of problem over and over again until you are able to solve that single type of problem easily. If you're smart you don't even need to really understand what you are doing, and you can get by simply by pattern matching and following the memorized steps.

Then comes mathematical proofs in university. You learn concepts in class and are given an assignment with just 5 questions, but you've never seen any of them before. You have to extend what you've learned in class, and really think about how to solve the problems. The big shocker is your midterm, and your exam. Sitting down and seeing 10 questions that you DO NOT immediately know the answer to is terrifying. You'll have to apply everything you've learned, think critically, and reason your way through the solution.

Employers won't hire you to resolve problems we know the answer to all day. They will hire you to solve the problems we have not yet solved.
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