From a student’s final exam in my “Life Contingencies” class (and no, I have no actuarial mathematics training…more on that later)
The student completely ignored the domain considerations for the log function and therefore lost points.
OK, not really. But it makes a better meme to say that.
This semester: I am ok with the classes that I have to teach. No, my students aren’t perfect, but neither am I.
This semester is what I signed up for when I took the job here.
But there ARE semesters when one ends up with…well…a class full of people who have already failed once and have a low probability of success and…
it is a bit like this:
I love what Brad Osgood says at 47:37.
The context: one is showing that the Fourier transform of the convolution of two functions is the product of the Fourier transforms (very similar to what happens in the Laplace transform); that is where
(hat tip: Vox)
The National Review excerpt:
[…]One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume themselves to be smarter than everybody else in the world. Prominent examples include […]
Oh noes! I love differential equations! 🙂
Yeah, I am just having fun with the quote; I couldn’t resist mentioning an article in the popular press that mentions differential equations. I am not sure that I’ll teach the chapter on “all the secrets of human experience” in my upcoming differential equations class though.
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It is a minor miracle that I publish at all during the “social media” era. 🙂
This is a whine so be forewarned:
Today and tomorrow, I have some “recruitment” duties. Today, I’ll make some calls to some of the better students that have been admitted to our mathematics program. Yes, I volunteered ….to call the more promising ones. I refuse to call the “20 on the ACT ones” as these never make it as math majors, at least here (we have the data).
Tomorrow: I have to work a “admitted student visit day” (meet with parents and prospective students) and to meet with a candidate for one of our two open tenure track positions.
So, I am going to spend the next couple of days trying to talk people into coming here….when, to be blunt, I’d leave if I had opportunities elsewhere!
Ok, I might not be saying this if I hadn’t have just come in from shoveling snow for the thousandth time this winter; I never wanted to live in the frigging Yukon!!! It is MARCH, for crying out loud!!!!!
Ok, to be fair, our University has done a great job keeping the parking lots, sidewalks clear this winter, and it wasn’t easy to do. I can honestly say that.
1. What is that device on the left of the equals sign?
2. What is with the ???
Note: I’d prefer where
Yes, it is August 12.