Going back to unit 24
With unit 25 now done and a reasonably comfortable feeling about its contents, I’m going back to retackle unit 24, armed with Baxandall and Liebeck’s “Vector Calculus”, since my lack of understanding from first pass is tickling the back of my mind.
Due to a couple of fortnight allocations to certain units (instead of the usual seven days per unit), I was quite surprised this morning to find I’m 10 days ahead of the course calendar (unless I read it wrong).
So, I’ll use that time not by getting further ahead, but by going backwards and catching up to where I ought to be right now.
Going further ahead (ie units 26-28) will only draw on what I didn’t learn adequately previously, which is the study progression equivalence to taking two blinkered steps forward then getting side-swiped by a truck. Learning to turn the handle to pop an answer out might get marks but it does nothing for the bigger picture.
So, let’s call it unit 24 of MST209 and some more of block 0 of MS324 from now until Sunday.
I’ve also started looking at some general number theory and have an idea for a cunning encryption algorithm which will, no doubt, crumble faster than a sand-castle in a force 10 when it gets pressure-tested.
Still, in the absence of skill and experience, I’m free to use brute ignorance, and a wing and a prayer as tools instead.