25/04/2017

How many hours have I spent on maths?

(or, rather, How many hours have I spent explicitly doing maths?)
  1. Formal education
    • Preschool. 300 hours of counting?

    • Primary school. (4? per week * 40 weeks x 7 years) = 1100

    • Secondary school (6 years)
      S1+S2: (3? per week * 40 weeks * 2) + homework (80), revision (40) = 360
      Standard Grade: (3? per week * 40 weeks * 2) + homework (160), revision (50) = 450
      Higher Maths: (3 per week * 40) + homework (100), revision (100) = 320
      Physics: (2 * 40 * 1) + home (50) + revision (50) = 180
      Chemistry: (2 * 40 * 1) + home (50) + revision (50) = 180
      =~ 1800

    • Higher education
      Economics = (4 hours * 24 weeks * 4 years) + homework (200) + revision (200) + thesis (100) = 900
      Cryptography = 100
      Half a BSc in Maths = 16 hours per assignment x 23 assignments + (60 hours study x 4 courses) = 600
      ~ 1600

    ~ 5000 hours.

  2. Researches
    My own writing hasn't been very mathematical so far. But I've done a bunch of recreational bits and warmup pieces, and read books like GEB and Chaos.
    ~ 200 hours.

So I am supposedly halfway to Gladwellian mastery. Sure doesn't feel that way; but then, the first two-thirds of those hours were undermined by their being coercive and applied to a formless fog of feeling, me as a child. And I have scarcely ever been 'deliberate' about it.


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