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Old 08-03-2008, 08:52   #16
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[quote=GordMay;141030]Notwithstanding my proclivity for understanding the theory, one should first learn/memorize the facts.
First, memorize the "times tables" (which seems to have gone out of fashion), then learn the underlying mathematical principles of multiplication & division.[/quote]

Oh, don't get me wrong, I agree with you.

All I said was that it doesn't go too far into the theory to make it dull and lifeless. I love understanding how things work but, with celestial navigation in particular, I think a lot of people get turned off because they get a ton of confusing theory thrown at them first which takes the fun out of it.

Anyway, there are as many different ways to learn things as there are people who want to learn 'em. Try them all and see what fits.

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Gord, I've still got a CRC Book and a couple of books of formulas left from the days of computers, if you know anyone who really wants to Do Their Math the old fashioned way. Can't give 'em away now.
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[quote=GordMay]Notwithstanding my proclivity for understanding the theory, one should first learn/memorize the facts.
First, memorize the "times tables" (which seems to have gone out of fashion), then learn the underlying mathematical principles of multiplication & division.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I agree with you.

All I said was that it doesn't go too far into the theory to make it dull and lifeless. I love understanding how things work but, with celestial navigation in particular, I think a lot of people get turned off because they get a ton of confusing theory thrown at them first which takes the fun out of it.

Anyway, there are as many different ways to learn things as there are people who want to learn 'em. Try them all and see what fits.

Fair winds,

Nick[/quote]

We seem to agree.
Perhaps I should have said: First, memorize what you need to know, ONLY then learn more theory (if it suits you).
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