That's a shame -- and it is doing you a real disservice. My recommendation would be to take this on yourself and develop very strong algebra skills -- it will pay off handsomely as you start competing with the growing number of increasingly math-illiterate engineers that we are turning out.Hello there, thank you for clearing this up for me. We don't really work on re arranging equations much at college to be fair so I'm pretty poor at it if I'm honest.
It's not entirely the colleges' fault as they are having to deal with larger and larger numbers of students coming in that don't even have grade school (or what used to be grade school) basic arithmetic skills. However, the schools ARE at fault because they refuse to put their foot down and say, "Hey, this is the expected level of math competency you need to enter/exit this course and if you don't meet it, then you fail." Instead, they are in the practice of "accommodating" students that have poorer and poorer math skills. This is for a variety of reasons, some financial and some political. There is also a very pragmatic reason -- no teacher (I'm sure there are exceptions) enjoys failing students and will naturally (i.e., without realizing they are doing it) slow the class down and dumb down the material to the level the students are at. It's a marginal, incremental process and so you just don't realize you are even doing it until it has progressed another big step. And woe be to the instructor that tries to hold the standards firm.