|M/W||7:00-8:50pm||Advanced Calculus I|
This also means I get up after Ed has left for work, and get home around his bedtime, so most of my time at home during the week will be alone. It's only been two days, but I've basically enjoyed it so far. I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing him on the weekends.
Anyway, I have been to both classes, so here are my thoughts so far.
The professor was friendly, very casually dressed, and just slightly spacy. I feel a little concerned that she won't make the class theoretical/"proofy" enough, but by the end of class I thought that she would. At some point, I wrote, on the edge of my paper that I save for comments, "Please go into the algebra of this," because one of the errors I made last time I did this was to focus too much on the algorithms of manipulating matrices and not enough on the underlying algebra. Immediately once I had written it she went into a long bit about the algebra of what we were doing. Nice.
This class is in the building right next to where I usually park, so that's convenient, but it's in an uncomfortable classroom - crowded, noisy, and with the one-piece desks that I don't like. So it is not a very desirable place to be for two hours.
We'll have two tests, a final, homework, quizzes, and class participation. She takes attendance and apparently cares if you show up. She also said there would be a lot of working together in groups, which I utterly dread, because (a) yuck, groups, ugh, but also (b) trying to move desks around in a totally packed classroom of one-piece desks sucks.
So I guess I'm giving this class mixed reviews so far. We have homework due next week that is almost all from the high-numbered problems in the textbook, so that's good.
Advanced Calculus I
If you're wondering what this class is, it is sometimes also called "Real Analysis" (which is to say, analysis of the real numbers, not real as in genuine). You could also say it is the "continuous math" to go along with my "discrete math" from a few semesters ago.
The professor is a slight, unassuming Brit with the obligatory charming accent. He told us that this is the hardest class in undergrad, but also the best, and assured us that it does not exist solely in order to keep you from getting into graduate school.
He also said the class is about three things:
- The nature of the reals and their relationship to the rationals
- ε's and δ's and proofs of everything in calculus
- 19th century mathematics
I'm enjoying this class so far. I spent an hour last night working on our first homework, which was reasonably challenging and fun. One of the problems we had was several statements that we had to negate - math equivalents of things like
For every cat, there is at least one dog over the age of 7 who has chased that cat.and more complicated ones like
There is some baby such that every woman in this household who is over 30 and of sound mind has diapered that baby.I had fun writing the negations of them, though I also felt doubt as to whether I chose the most elegant or direct methods of doing so.
The class is also held in a classroom with long tables and regular rolling-type desk chairs, so it's very comfortable to be in for two hours.
We'll be having three exams plus a final, homework counts as 30% of the grade, and there is no paper, project, or threat of group work.
So that's how my semester looks so far.