Lee | E052 | Fall 2022

Discussion: Introductions & Mathography

Your first OpenLab Discussion assignment is to introduce yourself to your classmates.  This assignment is due Thursday, September 1st, at the start of class. Late submissions will receive partial credit.

Assignment. Add a comment in reply to this post introducing yourself to the class.  Your comment should be at least 2 paragraphs in length.  In the first paragraph, introduce yourself in whatever way you wish. You could include your academic interests, why you chose your major, what you enjoy reading, listening to, watching, and doing in your spare time, or anything else you want to share (include your pronouns, if you wish).  In the second paragraph, choose ONE of the following two topics and write a response. Don’t forget to tell us which topic you chose.

Topics (choose ONE).

  1. Was math ever your favorite subject? If so, when was it? What about math made it your favorite? If math has never been your favorite subject, what about it do you not like?
  2. Sometimes people can recognize a time when their opinion of math dramatically changed either for the better or the worse. Tell us about it.

Extra Credit. Get to know your classmates! For extra credit, write a response to one of your classmates’ comments. Do you feel the same? Did you learn anything? Do you have any advice? Be kind.


  1. Rafon

    My name is rafon and I’m a EET major. I chose EET as my major ,because I wanted to do something different from my friends and family members.

    I like to play video games, and take boxing lessons whenever I have some free time to do other things besides school work and instacart.

    • Alison Apolinar

      Boxing lessons sound like fun. What kinds of video games do you enjoy? I only played fighting and racing games and some Mario/Sonic and Minecraft games.

      • Rafon

        I like to play fortnite, nba2k,mortal kombat, street fighter.

    • Leonardo

      What is an EET major?

      • Rafon

        Electrical engineering technology

    • Victor Lee

      Hello Rafon,

      I myself am a retired Street Fighter player. I just didn’t feel 5 was worth getting into and it was the first title in the series that I didn’t touch at all. Years ago, I might have put up a good fight in 4. But I don’t pay to play online. Maybe I’ll get into 6.

  2. Alison Apolinar

    Hello everyone my name is Alison Apolinar, and I’m majoring in dental hygiene. I picked this major because I generally find this career interesting and I can boost people’s confidence. If the professor engages with the class, finds a way to spark everyone’s attention, and is passionate about teaching, I know I will be able to be passionate about learning in any academic subject. I’ve started reading “The Silent of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris, so I can’t yet comment on it, but when I’m done, I can’t wait to see the movie. My pronouns are she/her and I enjoy listening to pop, rock, rap, and Spanish music. In my spare time, I typically work, but other that, I like to travel and spend time with friends and family. I’m not currently watching any shows, but I’d love to hear any recommendations.
    Math has become my favorite subject since eighth grade, and I think going through the process of solving the problem made me appreciate finding the right answer after much trial and error. As soon as I excelled in it, it naturally became my favorite because it made the most sense. At a college level, I anticipate that math will get more difficult, but I’m prepared to have a lot of questions and even to try to explain it to others. I know I’d like to try out a problem on the chalk board once I feel more confident.

    • Victor Lee

      Hello Alison,

      Questions are good. I like questions. I love math. I don’t know if it shows in my teaching, but I love it. Sparking attention? Well, I kinda suck at that, I guess. Overall, I do find myself pretty boring, though I do try to sneak in several groan-worthy jokes and obscure references. Eh, those are more gimmicks than anything of real substance… Wait, what am I saying?

      Anyway, will math get more difficult in college? That depends on multiple factors, many of which the student is in control of. Controlling what you can control and putting in the required effort helps a lot with college math.

      By the way, since you are a dental hygiene student, I feel that I am obligated to tell you about my fondness for the can of Arizona Arnold Palmer. I say this because it might be a tradition at this point for students in your major to call me out on it, so I figured that I should just tell you now.

  3. Leonardo

    I am Leonardo. I am a CST Major, and looking forward to software development classes. I will eventually need to take more classes but i believe i have the choice of taking calculus 1 and 2 or two classes called Discrete Math. i’ve head from two people on the class. One said it was weird math with no numbers at all, another said that if i want to get better at programming discrete math would help and in understanding the “logic” behind code.

    I don’t particularly hate math, and i haven’t had to take anything difficult beyond Trig, and i believe i barely passed that class with a C+. I want to apply myself more, and actually do homework as opposed to what I’ve previously done in math classes. It’s also been a very long time since my last college math course and i am absolutely rusty. i feel like i do well enough to understand material when i really sit down and understand.

    • Victor Lee

      Hello Leo,

      Sadly, I’ve never took a Discrete Math class in this school. I took a similar class in Introduction to Proofs and Logic, but it’s not the same.

      Honestly, I would say that the MAT1375 WeBWorK is pretty thorough for this class. It might even serve as an acceptable alternate textbook for the class. I do believe that if one can do the WeBWorK with honest effort for this class, that they will come away with greater understanding of math.

  4. Jerrel Kinkead

    Hi my name is Jerrel. I am a Mechanical Engineering Major my academic interests would be any science related subject, and history. I chose this major because I’m an automotive enthusiast, and I like how broad Mech E is with the different routes you can go from construction to aerospace. I like to occasionally read Manga, and my favorite book is the Book Thief. My favorite genres of music are Rap, Trance, Hardstyle, Dancehall, Reggae, Rock and some Pop. I like to go the gym, ride my bike, skateboard, play basketball, and play video games.

    My relationship with Math was very rough I would barely pass with a C in most of my math classes growing up and now up until high school I start to take math more seriously so hopefully I will try to understand and refresh my memory with concepts I learned in high school.

    • Victor Lee

      Hello Jerrel,

      It’s great that you love science and engineering. Math is the language of both, so to speak. I’m glad you will make an effort to understand it while here.

  5. Jenny Tcheutcheu

    Hello everyone my name is Jenny Tcheutcheu, I’m currently a freshman at City Tech. My major is Mechanical Engineer. I’m from Cameroon which is in West Africa, I move to the US when I was 9 years old. My first language is French and English is my second language. I used to live in Pennsylvania with my parents and siblings. I just moved to New York to attend City Tech and I currently live with my siblings. When it comes to reading or writing, I’m not really a big fan. My favorite subject has always been math, I don’t really have a reason for it, it’s just that we get along very well. But it looks hard in college, and I want to say I’m ready but I’m really not. But I know as long I pay attention in class and I keep studying then everything will be okay. I enjoy watching movies, Tv shows, and animated. My favorite TV show right now is Boruto: Next Generation. Some of the things I like to do in my free time are I love going to the gym, I love and enjoy playing basketball. Basketball is a sport that I can literally do for hours and won’t get tired or bored of it. I like playing video games such as Fornite, and NBA2k. At last, I like going out with friends grabbing something to eat, or to go have fun.

    • Maria Estevez

      Wow! Seems like we have something in common, I wasn’t born in the US either. I immigrated from the Dominican Republic, when I was 5! I love connecting back to my Dominican roots any chance I get. Not only that, but I also think it’s super cool that you know french, I’ve always loved the language!

    • Victor Lee

      Hello Jenny,

      Yay, another person who likes math! Awesome. Math looks hard in college? Eh, it depends. I don’t want you to come into precalculus with the mindset that it is difficult. Often it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and students are known to use it as an excuse to badmouth the subject. I’d rather you come in with somewhat of an open mind, but also reminding yourself of some of the math you were able to do before. As I said to the class, this class is really about shoring up your knowledge of algebra.

      I’m retired from basketball. I don’t need my ankles taken from me again.

  6. Maria Estevez

    Hello everyone! My name is Maria Estevez and I’m a freshman. I’m pursing a dental hygiene major! I’ve decided to pick dental hygiene because I like the medical field, and I don’t think I necessarily want to be a Physician or Dentist. Furthermore, I recently go into reading! I enjoy reading teen-novels, as well as, dystopian novels. When it comes to movies and TV shows, it’s usually the same. I enjoy watching movies where there’s sci-fi and action. Some movies that fall into this category are: Divergent, Hunger games, Twilight, etc. On my spare time you can find me working, sleeping or doing homework!

    My relationship with has been rocky, and by the way it’s looking, its math and I are going to breakup. In middle school, I loved math and I pushed myself to get the highest grades and do the best in my class. In high school, math got harder, and I’m the type of person that doesn’t like stress. That led me to not take the class serious and pass through. The last year of high school, I didn’t even take a math class! Now in college I was liking math the first day, but now I see it’s very confusing and it’s going at a very fast-paced hope I don’t get confused or give up on myself, like I always do.

    • Jenny Tcheutcheu

      Hey Maria, I definitely feel you when you said “it is very confusing and our class is going on a fast-paced”. I’m used to learning one unit at a time, and it seems like that doesn’t happen in college. I think Since we are both new to all of this, it will be great for the both of us to work together and help each other understand the lessons better.

    • Victor Lee

      Hello Maria,

      Yeesh… I totally went the opposite. I went into math to avoid reading, and wouldn’t you know it? I had to do more reading than I ever cared to. (That’s how college gets you.) I’m glad to know that you will be doing homework; it’s essential to passing this class, and not just for the grade – this class has a LOT of material to cover compared to your previous math classes.

      Math causing stress is unfortunately not uncommon. Yet, you’re in this class. Enough of your previous math teachers/professors thought you were qualified to be here. Sometimes, however, the struggle is worth it.

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