I'm finally into the meat of my bachelor's degree in one of the courses this term - "Mathematics for Engineers" which is basically pre-calculus. The other course this term is basically an ethics class, which I'm finding terribly uninteresting, but at least it's not exactly challenging as I'd feel extremely overwhelmed this term... well, more than I already do, anyway.

On the off chance I find anything interesting to note down this year, I decided to look into a good way to express math inside pelican. It turns out, someone's written a Latex renderer for Pelican that works neatly inside markdown. That means I can do stuff like this:

\(\frac{x}{3}-\frac{2x}{5}=1-\frac{x}{6}\)

With simply by inserting this into the markdown:

$\frac{x}{3}-\frac{2x}{5}=1-\frac{x}{6}$

I cloned it as a submodule inside my pelican source directory:

git submodule add git@github.com:barrysteyn/pelican_plugin-render_math.git plugins/render_math

Then simply enabled the plugin in pelicanconf.conf and rebuild the site.

Unfortunately this doesn't make committing to memory things I probably should have learned in high school (if I hadn't picked the idiot math in search of an easier pass) any easier. Two weeks in I already had five pages of notes with factoids to memorize and I've done 20 or 30 worksheets worth of practice work and there's things I still forget.

Hopefully I can catch up before the end of the course, I would imagine the examination isn't going to be fun.

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