So being the good student I am I like to apply what I learn in college to my everyday life. This helps me cement the concepts being taught, do better on tests and be able to use in my life what I am learning. In most cases this works wonderfully. I have made some changes to my eating habits compliments of my nutrition class, as well as arguing with my boyfriend more successfully by applying what I have learned in Rhetoric class.
The only area I have had an epic fail is when it comes to applying my math class to my real life.
Now, I can and do balance my checkbook, make change and can count to ten but a totally new concept was introduced to me last week that blew my mind. The concept of the small i or imaginary numbers. If you have a negative square root of a number, it is not a real number, so apparently I have to put an i after it. Ok, but doesn’t this mean it doesn’t exist? Can a number really have an existential crisis? Or is it just me? Additionally don’t we already have an infinite number of real numbers to work with? Anyway, I decided to give this concept a try in real life to see what would happen.
My credit card bill was due and surprise, I had a negative balance (that’s real) in my checking account. In the amount box on my check, I wrote the amount due and put i after it. Meaning that it doesn’t matter what number is in the amount box its imaginary because I have no money.
I found out that my credit card company does not understand the concept of imaginary numbers either. They sent me a letter – from their attorneys. I called and tried to explain the concept to them but they weren’t buying it. So, as a result I was “strongly urged” to send a cashier’s check or “further action” would be taken. Oh well, I guess I learned that credit card companies have no sense of humor with no desire to change. Also, I should probably make sure I understand the entire concept I am learning before trying to be such a good student.