Here's how they define a meter: "One standard meter is equal to 1,650,763.73 wavelengths of the orange-red light emitted by the individual atoms of krypton 86 in a krypton discharge lamp"
Oh, and you should see how easily they define "one second"... "One standard second is defined as the time taken for 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to unperturbed transition between hyperfine levels of the ground state of cesium-133 atom."
Candela... "The candela is the luminous intensity in a given direction due to a source, which emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 Hz and of which the radiant intensity in that direction is 1/683 watt per steradian."
And they define lots of other things in the same way that'd make you go . And that's just the beginning. There's more gruesome stuff in the form of Thermodynamics, Wave Motion, Kinematics, Ray Optics etc. They have questions like "What's the torque of a double jointed socket wrench and the pounds per square inch used within the movements to tighten a lug nut to fire a trigger on an M-16?" That's just enough to kill a 16-17 year old.
Chemistry is no different. I'm like "why the fuck do I need to learn about hydrocarbons or metallurgy when I'm not interested in becoming a scientist." You might think I'm being a bit too harsh. Again, examples will tell you how deep the subjects are.
- Metallurgy - I don't need to know how to extract metals from ores. So why don't you leave me alone?
- Atomic structure - Dude, wtf? I'm not interested in something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. I don't care how an atom looks like either.
- Thermodynamics - WTF? Are you kidding? I already have that in physics. And whatever they're saying there are totally different from what is being said here. What am I to believe?
- Chemical kinetics - Wooha.
- Hydrocarbons - ....
- Aromatic Hydrocarbons - ......... plus, they smell. Eww.
There are 21 deep chapters just like that. The teacher even encouraged us to memorize all the equations, because there were so many of them and she was too busy with other things to make us understand. Reality is, she really didn't know herself . That's the problem in our country... subjects are too deep, AND the teachers are inefficient. Okay, so we have to memorize 843654375525076249655567565795235 formulaes plus the biiiiigggg, complicated definitions from physics. What's the point in "memorizing" if this is going to help broaden the mind? And of what use is it when you're not aiming to become an Einstein, but a good old geeky programmer? I hope you see my point. Okay, that's it for today. Tomorrow, I'm going to whine about math and then its conclusion time.
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