I just thought I'd share with you a debate I had with a humanity's subject over why there's a higher proportion of maths students with 1st's than the equivalent humanities.
My main argument rested on this point: Maths is polarized. You either get a 1st or your fail in simple terms.
I will accept both are difficult subjects. however, maths has a more difficult base level.
My side of the argument follows:
I am studying humanaites modules in physics, I would say I have a reasonable comparision.
For the record, out of my 8 modules this year: one is lab, 2 are maths, 2 are essay/analysis based and the final 3 are a mix of analysis, knowlege and maths.
In our labs, we have to analyse other experimentalists data. If we dont' understand something we can just bluff it/extrapolate from the other data. I did that in my last report and got a C. I then did another where I did a lot better and got a A.
in maths, i didnt' understand the above function, \CC\\ etc. I attempted to extrapolate and couldn't, and hence sumbited my homework in partially completed as this was part 1 of a 6 part question. i got a U. i looked it up, did the homework this week on a topic I had the prerequisites for and got an A.
What I am saying, is exactly what the report above says: Maths is polarized. This means, in a binary sense, you can get 0 or 1.
Humanties is less polarise. YOu can get 0, or 1 or 1/2.
Katherine Welsford Also i'm not alone, the other people doing the lab, some got A's, some got C's, some got U's. Same in maths, some got A's, some got C's , some got U's.
it just happens that in maths, there were more A's and U's than C's. (considng the data I have, from the 12 or so people's homeworks i collected, I'd say the proportion of A/U to C's is about 11:1)
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Joanna Chambers To be honest I don't care what modules you do, or how hard your course, or how amazing you are at maths. In general it might be wise to not make comments or claims about subjects which you have no creditable evidence to back up with. I'm done with this debate, enjoy your lab report.
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Katherine Welsford when the proportion of people doing the humanites style subject I'd say the proportion of A/U's to C's is about 7:4
And humanities say they're good at debating.