This week we started the section on two-part inequalities, got a little more into story problems for the aforementioned, then backtracked to review all the other material for this morning’s exam, the first one of the semester. Some of the kids flew out of there after just five or ten minutes — whether it was because they knew everything or knew nothing, ’twas impossible to tell. For my part, I took deep breaths, forgot and remembered (or partially remembered) the key formulas, checked and rechecked my work, erased dumb mistakes, and pressed on to answer everything that I could. I know it wasn’t perfect (because I logjammed myself and didn’t finish one of the problems), but I put everything out there that I had. And now I know a little bit more about how to prepare for the next exam.
It’s not worth worrying about because I have so much more math to take. Yesterday I sat down with Friendly Professor Rybski and we worked out as much of my future schedule as we could. After a few years’ worth of courses, the glass grew hazy, and we stopped; some of the classes are going to move around or be renamed or be renumbered, and there was no need to throw bad speculation after good. We got most of the way through the time tunnel, anyway.
Anyway, it appears that this year is the ‘warm-up’ year, and next fall I’ll be able to take the math and physics courses that a regular, just-starting-out freshman physics major would take. If I can keep up that pace, I could get the B.S. in 2016.
I did the same thing when I enrolled at Miami in the fall of 1985: made a schedule for all eight semesters, and tweaked it when each course schedule came out. It was, well, efficient: I was able to graduate with honors with two different English majors (creative writing and English literature) and even include an abortive attempt at a minor in Systems Analysis, all with the minimum required 128 hours of coursework. (Ironically, at some point for the physics degree I may have to take a class in Advanced Composition.)
Next semester I’ll be enrolling in Elementary Functions as my math course, and Astronomy 112 as my “physics” course.
I was looking forward to attending tomorrow’s lecture for the Physics 190 class I’ve been given permission to sneak into, but then I realized that my kids have no school tomorrow, so I’ll have to pull Mom duty instead of future-physicist duty.