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## October 03, 2006

### Sorted – Finally Chosen My 3rd Year Modules

It’s taken that long that to be honest I doubt anyone really cares but here is what I’ve chosen:

Definites:

Term 1:

MA397 – Consolidation – 15 CATS

MA3E5 – History of Maths – 15 CATS

MA390 – Topics in Math Bio OR MA3F1 – Introduction to Topology – 15 CATS

(Just one of these but I’ll choose which one when I’ve been to a few lectures)

ES3C9 – Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers – 15 CATS

Term 2:

MA228 – Numerical Analysis – 6 CATS

MA3F2 – Knot Theory – 15 CATS

IE420 – Problem Solving – 12 CATS

PX261 – Mathematical Methods II – 7.5 CATS

PX270 – C Programming – 7.5 CATS

Which takes me to 108 CATS with 12 more CATS coming from

Term 1:

PX268 – Stars – 7.5 CATS (If I can fit the lectures into my timetable)

Term 2:

PX269 – Galaxies – 7.5 CATS

PX264 – Physics of Fluids – 7.5 CATS

PX326 – Introduction to Synergetics – 7.5 CATS

IB217 – Starting a Business – 6 CATS

IB228 – Understanding Enterprise 6 CATS

Which I can pick when I feel like it as they’re in the second term and right now I don’t think I care.

To anyone who’s given me advice, thanks alot, you’ve saved me from Combinatorics, Algebra II and Measure Theory as well as a large number of other courses I undoubtedly would have hated.

## October 02, 2006

### The Saga goes on – Still Picking My 3rd Year Modules

So…... I’m not sure anymore.

Went to the first Consolidation lecture today and found out I only need to do 57 CATS of Maths this year SO I’ve decided to thin down my maths and look elsewhere for interesting and most importantly EASY modules.

Here’s the list of definites so far:

Term 1:

MA397 – Consolidation – 15 CATS

MA3E5 – History of Maths – 15 CATS

Term 2:

MA228 – Numerical Analysis – 6 CATS

MA3F2 – Knot Theory – 15 CATS

IE420 – Problem Solving – 12 CATS

PX261 – Mathematical Methods II – 7.5 CATS

which is 69.5 CATS and only 51 of List A Maths.

So my options are

Term 1:

1 or 2 from

*MA390 – Topics in Math Bio – 15 CATS

*MA3F1 — Introduction to Topology – 15 CATS

*MA3G0 — Modern Control Theory – 15 CATS

which takes me nicely to 66 CATS of Maths and 85.5 Overall (If I do just 1 of these 3).

Then my other options are

Term 1:

PX268 – Stars – 7.5 CATS

ES3C9 – Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers – 15 CATS

(Which was suggested by the Consolidation Tutor although it may not be this module exactly)

Term 2:

PX269 – Galaxies – 7.5 CATS

PX270 – C Programming – 7.5 CATS (I think this is pretty much a definite)

so if I take C Programming I have 93 CATS so need really 27 more which can be either 2×6 CATS and a 15 or 2×7.5 and a 12 or any combination really. I can overcat slightly if needs be so taking Fluid Dynamics still leaves me with either both stars and galaxies to do or I need to find 12 CATS from somewhere. Possibly from The Business School.

Nearly there (I hope)

### Consolidation – A New Hope

There is hope for me yet.

Had an hour introduction lecture for Consolidation today and it’s given me some hope that I can at least scrape a 3rd and even get a 2.2 if I put the effort in. It’s nice to know that all 9 of last years Consolidation students went on to get a full honours degree, 5 of which got 2.2’s.

I guess I need to concentrate on picking the right modules (yes I still haven’t quite decided) and I have a good idea of what I want to do but I’m still a couple of modules short seeing as I’m cutting down the maths to about 60 CATS and doing more non-maths stuff. Might mix in some Engineering and Physics to go with the definite Computer Science modules although I may struggle to keep it down to just the one Unusual Option.

Does anyone know the rules for how many modules or CATS worth can be made up of unusual options? I want to do C Programming which is 7.5 but there might be a better way for me to use that unusual option choice and take up more CATS with it. Anyone know?

## September 20, 2006

### Picking My 3rd Year Maths Modules, The Final List (Kinda)

Follow-up to Picking My 3rd Year Maths Modules pt.2 from Words on t'internet

Term 1:

MA397 – Consolidation – 15 CATS

MA3E5 – History of Maths – 15 CATS

MA390 – Topics in Math Bio – 15 CATS

Term 2:

MA228 – Numerical Analysis – 6 CATS

MA3F2 – Knot Theory – 15 CATS

IE420 – Problem Solving – 12 CATS

MA235 — Introduction to Mathematical Biology – 6 CATS

Unusual Options:

PX270 – C Programming – 7.5 CATS

and Math Methods II if I can find it – 6 CATS

Total – 97.5

Maybe’s:

MA3F1 — Introduction to Topology – 15 CATS (and is term 1 which takes the load of term 2 a bit)

MA3G0 — Modern Control Theory – 15 CATS (also term 1)

MA3D4 — Fractal Geometry – 15 CATS (term 2 so gives me an easy term 1 to work on Consolidation)

any of which would take me to 112.5 CATS and only one small module from the magic 120. Opinions on these two? Baring in mind I failed Metric Spaces (before it was actually lectured and was a reading module, opposed to the lectures you get this year and last year)

## September 09, 2006

### Picking My 3rd Year Maths Modules pt.2

Follow-up to Picking My 3rd Year Maths Modules from Words on t'internet

Thanks for the response guys, so far I have:

Term 1:

MA397 – Consolidation – 15 CATS

MA241 – Combinatorics – 12 CATS **(Maybe)**

MA3E5 – History of Maths – 15 CATS

MA390 – Topics in Math Bio – 15 CATS

Term 2:

MA228 – Numerical Analysis – 6 CATS

MA3F2 – Knot Theory – 15 CATS

IE420 – Problem Solving – 12 CATS **(Anyone heard of this?)**

IB217 – Starting a Business – 6 CATS **(Maybe)**

IB228 – Understanding Enterprise – 6 CATS **(Maybe)**

Unusual Options:

PX270 – C Programming – 7.5 CATS

Which takes it to 109.5 (although I’m only allowed to take 90 to start with seeing as I’m on a pass degree for now). I’m going to look for both Math Methods I and II as well as maybe a few more unuasual or non-maths options.

Thanks guys and any more input would be great

PS I’m thinking of going into Accountancy or Teaching, is there any easy modules I can do that may give a bit of “preparation” (read as “escape from maths”) for those two careers?

## September 06, 2006

### Picking My 3rd Year Maths Modules

Ok, it’s a little scary to be honest, sitting here, looking through the PYDC online and choosing modules for this coming year. 2 months ago when I got the results of my resits (a pass, not what I wanted but better than a fail), and found out I would be coming back but only on the pass degree I was a bit all-over the place. I was happy to have passed but a bit wary of what being on the pass degree entailed. I know I have to do the Consolidation Module, which is 15 CATS but I’m now lost as to what else I should choose which will best help me acheive my goal of getting an honours degree, preferably a 2.2 if I can get it.

I like the look of:

MA241 – Combinatorics

MA228 – Numerical Analysis

MA245 – Algebra II (although I’m not sure of this one as I had to resit Algebra I)

and so far:

MA3E2 – Group Theory (although again I didn’t do well in Algebra I)

MA3E5 – History of Maths (which gets me out of an exam)

but as to the remaining 45 CATS I have no idea, does anyone have any tips for me? Anything I should avoid like the plague or embrace with open arms? (ok, I know I’m talking about maths modules but if I don’t start to show enthusiasm I may as well not bother)

Come on people! I need help!