### Poll Thing

Aug. 4th, 2006 01:14 pm[Poll #785727]

### Once More, From Memory

Jun. 5th, 2006 01:05 pm**( For my own benefit. Don't click with a headache or math phobia. )**

The procedures for this test seem much easier than for the first one, but this test also involves some memorization, which I despise. Not that I can't do it, but memorization in many circumstances seems like wasted effort. I'm much better at remembering algorithms/procedures. Going to go through each section and do one more problem from each before I head down to campus.

### Sweeeeeeeeeeet

May. 10th, 2006 08:44 amSo, in summary:

CSCI N305 C Language Programming - 3 credits: A

MATH 261 Multivariate Calculus - 4 credits: A+

PHYS 251 Heat, Electricity, & Optics - 5 credits: A+

STAT 301 Elementary Statistical Methods - 3 credits: A

Funny how I did better in the 2 courses with the heavier credit loads. Actually, I think the differences reflect the balance in the effort I put into each course, except maybe for statistics, which I'd never had before and felt I busted my butt more there to pull out the 'A'. (Never had C programming, either, but I've had other programming classes in other languages, and, other than the final project, I really didn't spend a lot of effort on that class - it's just a different syntax.)

[ETA: Of course, now that I actually have official grades to send to my advisor at Purdue, she's at the NCAR this week at a committee meeting and not checking e-mail. Oh well, I'll have to touch base with her later. Haven't had any communication with her since Spring Break, when she was swamped trying to get proposals turned in.]

Finished my last final exam, FWIW, for calculus, at about 9:15 this morning. Don't want to count any chickens, but I think I kicked butt. If there are any mistakes, they're my usual arithmetic errors that I still didn't find after going over the test twice before turning it in. And so, the long spring semester has drawn to a close.

Two final grades are in: In statistics, I don't know what I got on the final exam yet, but I must have done well enough to break over the line, because I ended up with an 'A'. In physics, the final exam (I got 266 out of 300) and final grades were just posted moments ago: A+. For C programming, I got a 95/100 on the final exam, but the instructor hasn't finished the grades, because I don't see a grade for the final project yet (although without the project I have a 98%). And for calculus, the prof said this morning he'll have our exams posted by Tuesday afternoon. I figured I needed a 75% or better on this morning's final to get an uncurved 'A', and I'm fairly confident I beat that. We shall see. :-)

I've tried not to brag all semester about how well I've been doing - I'm just very pleased, especially considering how I did the last time I tried to take a couple of these classes. Maturity, foreseeable goals, and just plain busting my butt and having no life have helped (and Toni has been there all the way, even when I've not been able to spend as much time doing things with her. I don't know if I could have done it without that emotional support). To classmates I've expressed that I haven't felt that I'm all that much smarter than they are; I've just had the time to devote to doing well. Admittedly, getting 'A's wasn't as big of a deal in the overall plan once I got the acceptance to Purdue, but I still felt a need to understand the material well and a bit of a desire to prove to myself I can get this stuff.

Within minutes of leaving my calculus final, I could feel the headache begin. It's definitely one of my usual post-stress-release headaches. No amount of painkillers or caffeine will make it go away completely. It's my brain's usual way of decompressing. Wednesday evening, a new routine begins: the next math class in the sequence I'm squeezing in (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations), four evenings a week for the next six weeks. Until then, no school stuff for me, TYVM. :-)

### Scary Concept

Apr. 17th, 2006 02:33 pm*IUPUI Biology Club Flower/Plant Sale - April 26 & 27*

Knowing the Biology Department has a greenhouse on the roof of the science building, I started wondering what sort of genetic monstrosities they could try to foist off on an unsuspecting student looking to green up his or her apartment. I had visions of Audrey II from

*Little Shop of Horrors*.

"Feed Me!!" :-)

### Break Time

Mar. 25th, 2006 04:59 pm**elmegil**, you can smack me as you threatened because I did take more than an hour. Primarily because, in finishing the first one I had to finish, I ended up needing to put in a bunch of break points to print all the variables at various stages to see where one of them was getting munged. Turned out I was making an error in precedence and needed parentheses around a pointer variable I was decrementing. Oops. The last one, providing solutions to a quadratic equation, went much more smoothly - cranked it out in about 20 minutes.

Since Toni is leaving around 11:00 or 11:30 or so tomorrow morning, I'm putting off starting studying for my calculus test until after she leaves. I'll have all afternoon tomorrow as well as Monday and Tuesday evenings - I'm done with everything else homework-wise I have to do this week before Wednesday.

Have a mild headache, too - stupid head still acting somewhat like a barometer. Too bad I can't take advantage of that and, based on how I'm feeling at a particular time, be able to say the current pressure is 1002 hPa or something. :-)

Just put

*The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition*in the DVD player as background and am just vegetating while waiting for dinner in a while.

*LotR*reminds me - the WMO should add the name

*Sauron*to the hurricane name rotation. Then we could see the Eye of Sauron. *ducks* ;-)

### Physics Groupies

Jan. 18th, 2006 09:42 pmI left my physics lab at around 2:10, in the latter half of class members leaving once they were done (no big deal, the lab period isn't over until 2:50). Sitting at a study table in the hall outside the lab were the two women who kept asking me for homework help last Wednesday. The closest one gets my attention quickly with a "Hey!" and, before asking more specific questions on homework #4 (due tomorrow by 11:00am, two assignments behind where I actually am, so I had to dig mine out and think back, but I digress), says with a wry smile, "We're stalking you. A" (the other woman) "was just asking me 'has he come out yet?'"

So I helped them for a while today, before grabbing some lunch and working on my calculus. We actually exchanged names, finally, after a week+. And, true to form, I'm making friends more quickly with women.

Now, if only

*they*could help me figure out the calculus homework problems that have me stymied (finding the distance between two parallel planes in 3-space and the like). :-) Fortunately, the calculus homework isn't collected for a grade, and the professor is actually a lecture behind the homework, so if he doesn't go over what I'm forgetting tomorrow, I'll bug him after class and/or consult all my other resources when I get home.

[Edit: I did find what I needed for calculus in one of my Schaum's Outlines. Figured I would. I've noticed on occasion our calculus textbook leaves something to be desired.]

### What's your vector, Victor?

Jan. 8th, 2006 07:35 pmI was hoping to get ahead and do my first physics homework today, before the first class. I did the reading - a basic review of vector math. I can't safely do the homework problems, though - I downloaded a PDF of the assignment from the class web site and another from the UT homework server indicated in the syllabus. The problems are all identical except for the numbers used.

I guess I'll wait until tomorrow. When I'm sure I'll also have calculus homework that will probably be the same sorts of problems.