wallwalker: Venetian mask, dark purple with gold gilding. (Default)
Ah, Linear Algebra. The type of mathematics where it is not a stretch to work the same problem six times and get six different answers, none of which match the solution in the book, while only using simple arithmetic.

(Why would anyone assign a 4x4 determinant for students to do without matrix calculators or computers? Who does that anymore? Even the book acknowledges that 3x3 is the practical limit!)

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Jul. 25th, 2015 01:03 pm
wallwalker: Venetian mask, dark purple with gold gilding. (Default)
I am finally getting the hang of Mathematica; pity I'm not going to need to do it anymore after next week. (Although I might keep updating the class wiki with simulations if the professor doesn't take it down. Not like anyone but me and maybe the professor has looked at it in the last three weeks. ;p)
Summer classes have all felt much longer than they actually are; it's hard for me to believe that they've only been lasting five weeks.

(Our professor said during our last Statistics class that if we are going to take away one thing from this class, it'll be how to rip people off. Is this why they require an Ethics for Professionals class for Engineers?)
wallwalker: Venetian mask, dark purple with gold gilding. (Default)
I just spent about an hour staring at math homework and trying to figure out how I was supposed to solve a particular problem. After a while I gave up because staring at it, and rewriting it every way I could think of, wasn't actually helping me learn anything. As usual, I'm close to tears as a result. (I'll probably be fine, once I talk to the professor tomorrow before class. I hope.)

The real problem is that this class shouldn't be taught over a five week term. Period.

Specifics, if you happen to know Discrete Math )

*sigh* At least the bit of number theory that we're studying makes more sense than this.

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