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Difficulty of learning mathematics

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This page is about the difficulty of learning mathematics. What makes it difficult to learn math? Why does math seem more difficult (in some ways) than other subjects? Why do even some really smart people struggle with math? Why does it take so long to learn math?

Differences in difficulty between pre-rigorous mathematics and rigorous mathematics

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Satvik Beri makes the case that "math geniuses" are people who have internalized prerequisite concepts so thoroughly that it has become intuitive to them, which allows them to pick up newer concepts quickly.

Vipul Naik: "While linear algebra lacks any single compelling visual tool, it requires either considerable visuo-spatial skill or considerable abstract symbolic and verbal skill (or a suitable linear combination thereof). Note the gap here: the standard computational procedures require only arithmetic. But getting an understanding requires formidable visuo-spatial and/or symbolic manipulation skill. So one can become a maestro at manipulating matrices without understanding anything about the meaning or purpose thereof."

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