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Re: Delling's Thread
« Reply #100 on: October 20, 2006, 05:06:19 AM »
Indeed, they should have. :-\ Again, I'll keep looking and definitely keep you updated. :)
 
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« Reply #101 on: November 06, 2006, 09:44:07 AM »
Just a minor announcement: Delling rules. :D

I'm extremely honored you consider me to be among your friends.
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« Reply #102 on: November 12, 2006, 06:26:48 PM »
Congrats on the new post rank and avatar, Delling! XD
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« Reply #103 on: November 12, 2006, 06:47:11 PM »
Thanks Yonkey  XD both for your congratulations and for giving me an excuse to revive my thread!  ;)
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« Reply #104 on: November 13, 2006, 11:48:14 PM »
Congrats Delling! :D

I'm slowly and steadily making my way towards Magical Genie.

Translation: I need to post more! XD
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« Reply #105 on: November 14, 2006, 11:27:08 AM »
...
Translation: I need to post more! XD
Translation: I NEED TO POST MORE!  :P XD

Thanks for your congratulations, Farquhar!

*ponders announcing that he has stuff on the website in his profile now... but as it's all for a school project decides against it and puts it in shamelessly as an aside instead*

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« Reply #106 on: November 14, 2006, 11:32:38 AM »
*ponders announcing that he has stuff on the website in his profile now... but as it's all for a school project decides against it and puts it in shamelessly as an aside instead*

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OMG It's Delling! :P  You should post your pic in the Ugly Mug thread too! XD
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« Reply #107 on: November 16, 2006, 06:17:13 PM »
"I want it all and I want it now!" ... ...*is listening to Queen...*

I HAVE FINSIHED MY CS HWK AND THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD BE AS GOOD A PLACE AS THE OTHER THREE OR FOUR THREADS... IN WHICH I HAVE ANNOUNCED IT... TO ANNOUNCE THAT FACT!
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« Reply #108 on: November 17, 2006, 04:48:42 AM »
Congrats on finishing your CS hw. :)
 
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« Reply #109 on: November 17, 2006, 07:38:22 AM »
Go raibh maith agat, mo bhanrion!

Lit.:
May there be good at you, my queen.  :angel: :)

but idiomatically it just means "thanks"  :D


EDIT: Fixed link. :)
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« Reply #110 on: November 20, 2006, 04:59:02 PM »
What Happened at PHYS Lab

*show up at 4:45
*wait until 5:15 for the TA to open the locked lab
*TA doesn't show
*go to eat dinner
*head back to PHYS building to see if the people who waited around to try to do the lab had any success
*meet one on the way and find out that it'll only takes about 15-25 minutes
*get to the lab, get the TA and start the lab
*15 minutes later... standing outside in the cold while the fire alarm sounds!  :P (no, we didn't burn down the PHYS building; someone else set off the alarm)
*decided that we should do the lab next week  :-\
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« Reply #111 on: July 10, 2007, 05:43:11 PM »
*revives as she wants to hear how Delling's Greek exam went* :D
 
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« Reply #112 on: July 10, 2007, 07:19:27 PM »
Tibi multas gratias ago, mea domina!
Many thanks, milady!

Well, the short short version is that the test went pretty well. :) Though I won't know for certain until tomorrow, I'd say I won't get less than a 95.  :-\

*hopes the greek font will come through*

I do know I missed two things: I forgot that ειπον (eipon) is the aorist active 1st pers. sing. of λεγω (lego) (ειπον (eipon) is a suppleted form :() and in the same section, when recognizing a form of μανθανω (manthano), I couldn't remember how to spell the first principal part and left out the -αν- (-an-) (before ω (o)) (I believe that the form which I had to recognize was μαθοντες (mathontes), the nominative/vocative masculine plural of the aorist active participle).

(Those "extras" in parentheses are the transliterations in case the font doesn't come through.)
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« Reply #113 on: July 11, 2007, 04:23:19 AM »
*eyes glaze over as I nod*
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« Reply #114 on: July 11, 2007, 06:49:59 AM »
lol

Well, I guess it could be more exciting... What if I tried narrating it as if it were a battle or intrigue? :P
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« Reply #115 on: July 11, 2007, 07:05:09 AM »
*makes request for a battle-like recounting* :P

But I offer my congratulations, early though they may be. :D
 
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« Reply #116 on: July 11, 2007, 03:20:54 PM »
lol

Well, I guess it could be more exciting... What if I tried narrating it as if it were a battle or intrigue? :P

It probably has to do with the fact that I think the only word I understood was "Greek"...and that pun wasn't intended!
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« Reply #117 on: March 03, 2009, 10:26:17 PM »
lol

Well, I guess it could be more exciting... What if I tried narrating it as if it were a battle or intrigue? :P

It probably has to do with the fact that I think the only word I understood was "Greek"...and that pun wasn't intended!

Well, I thought that might have been the reason anyway, but to retell the taking of a test as if it were a battle or insidious plot would add something bizarre or humorous to the telling anyway. :P

Also, my prediction of a minimum grade was right on the money: I got a 95 (I lost 1/2 a point for both of the things I knew I'd missed).

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2 things: I recently found the test being discussed above... battle-like recounting is in the works... probably working in various things from the virtual food fight (castle and armies)...

The other thing is that sitting in my friend's PHYS I class, I am aghast to know that they just introduced the Lorentz factor! What are they thinking!? *thinks the designers of this course need to be run up the nearest flagpole*

You can't just assume everyone is good enough at Newtonian mechanics to jump right into Special Relativity and you certainly shouldn't be telling anyone that the Lorentz factor means you can't go faster than the speed of light... ...I have some news for you guys: it hasn't been tested or shown (sufficiently by experiment) that one cannot move faster than the speed of light and that the speed of light is the same in all reference frames (once you introduce refractive media... which is... ya know... everywhere, it makes essentially no sense at all... or when you introduce magnetic and electric fields which change the speed of light in a vacuum... ...).

What Einstein did was to introduce a fudge factor and a poor interpretation of what it means. What everyone else has done is run with it. *grumbles about Relativity and its failure to really work/be interpreted appropriately* In fact, those above two statements in this paragraph (meta-writing w00+!) are a good summation of General Relativity too (funnily enough, the other people came along behind Einstein and said through experimentation: we don't need your fudge factor here! (the Universal Constant Λ)

*goes off grumbling about the silliness of introducing Relativity to those unequipped to challenge or even face the absurdities that come with it*  >:( grr!

(Posted on: May 14, 2008, 09:28:52 AM)


blah blah blah... *revives his own thread to rant before going to bed*

How Collegiate Grading In Math Courses Actually Works

The professor provides a key or the TA has to write his own.

So, you have the key. The key however represents at least one set of ideal solutions to the test or quiz. It does not however include all possible ways of getting to the same answer which are equivalent, mathematically correct paths. It also definitely does not include ways for getting the same answer which are mathematically or circumstantially incorrect (assuming the conclusion or result in a problem: ie- maximum area of a quadrilateral for numerous constraints happens to be a square).

This is all well and good, so with the key in hand, you set out upon your noble steed, Stilus Ruber, and mark tests. This works and you are not thrown from your horse (nor are you tempted to throw it across the room) until you are forced to come to the realization that some people just don't know math (the cross-section of people who don't know math and people who don't attend recitation is remarkably almost one-to-one). Now, these mathematically challenged serfs beg for credit by banging their tin cups of mathematical ability on the classroom floor which is nothing compared to the efforts of the partial credit dark wizard, whose philosophy when faced with a difficult question is "to get creative."

Against these two tactics, the key is no defense. It tells you roughly what each part is worth, what the final answer should be, and what a good route from A to B is, but it doesn't tell you how to handle such gross deviations as attempting to find polar coordinates by casting the x-y coordinates into the complex plane and trying (badly, I might add) to use Euler's Equation or how you grade for self-consistency in a student's calculus reasoning when his algebraic reasoning is so deeply flawed that the square root of the sum of the squares is just the sum (sqrt(x^2 + y^2 + z^2) = x + y + z, apparently) and other such wonderful simplifying fallacies, which if it weren't for their fallacious nature, would really make math a lot easier but don't really exist and are just a pretty illusion to throw up from time to time when one is a freshman in Calc I (possibly simply to perturb TAs). [Don't even ask about trig... rereading this for the third time I thought of 3 or 4 of the trig mistakes they make... I could dedicate 3 paragraphs to them... it suffices to say that their trig errors quixotically consist of gross over simplifications and things that would make mathematics so much more complicated that all of Mathematica and Academia would cry together for 40 years without ceasing.]

You are of course sorely tempted to ride past both of these groups and give them nothing, but the departmental position is more or less that there are very few questions which are worth absolutely no credit (which is sensible since one can fail just as well with a 50% as with a 0% and the former does not do nearly as much damage to the distribution when done en masse). So, now, now, you have to get down off of Stilus Ruber *so wants to decline that properly but must keep moving* and into the mire of fragmented incomplete mathematics- and logic-lacking reasoning which is of such a species that one hopes it is only to be found on tests, for finding it anywhere else might imply a danger to the lives of others.

I've said all this to say this: I have to grade about 11 really bad tests by tomorrow afternoon. :P But, as I've gotten down off of Stilus Ruber [read: thrown him down in disgust], I'm going to bed. :P

:-\ Hrmm... I think I come off rather judgmental or mean in the third paragraph there. :-\ Oh, well, sleepy times for tired TA. :P
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« Reply #118 on: March 04, 2009, 09:32:09 PM »
I may have missed this, but who/what is Stilus Ruber? :P
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« Reply #119 on: March 05, 2009, 05:05:20 AM »
It's Latin essentially for "red pen." :P In this context, I used it as the name of the horse of the intrepid grader. ::) :P *is overly metaphorical at times*
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