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April 24, 2008

Early morning exam panic!

Yeah, time to panic a bit. Exam at 2pm.

Maths II for physicists is harder (a lot to remember) than I thought and I spent too much time on Maths I and power generation. I don't think I am going to spend too much time on Einstein notation. May try to do some tensors but unlikely to make progress. And I don't think I could do optics even there were another week. Try to spend time on Fourier stuff while praying for luck to lagrange multipliers.

Looks like I am not the only one with such a terrible strategy. Two of the four main areas dismissed is devastating even 15% was in the bag already (from online tests). At least I THINK I am not alone. Marks get normalised a bit, but that's too much to compute.

I am in a situation so bad that give-away questions are not a give-away. Looks like I'll have to walk into the exam without further revision on maths I which is in the same exam as II. What a mess... I don't even have the mood to attempt question and notes reading is not a good way to revise, believe me.

One of the third years told me that 2nd year of the physics course is the hardest because of the complusories, looks like he is quite right there. Maybe I should start doing some more outside stuff next year. 

P.S. The quatity of maths terminology used in 2nd paragraph is to illustrate how sad and geeky a 'trainee physicist' can get. I still like to using the term 'trainee physicist' depite the fact that I would probably see the end of my physics career after that exam. Still thinking what option to take for exam in mid-June. And the air-ticket home for summer. And the lab. And the Deutsch oral. And learning tactics. *sighing*


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