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Unit 26 – someone beam me up

Very well-written and exhaustively coherent learning material, but the topic is dry.
Numerical methods for diff eqs.
Not loving it.
I keep glancing at the calendar. MST209 is getting painful now.
And the schedule is nuts in the final month.
It’ll only leave me three weeks for revision of the 1200-ish pages before the exam.
Same boat for many, I expect.


2 responses

  1. Chris Finlay

    A bit more exciting if you can write your own code for it and essential if you want to get into any form of mathematical modelling . The second of the Cambridge computing projects is all about this so you are well prepared
    Good luck with the revision MST209 does seem to ask a lot.
    Got a bit of a wake up call for M208 as I tried to do the revision TMA blind in two hours and could only complete about half of it. Still with practice should get better. Amazing how much you forget.

    Best wishes Chris.

    September 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

  2. Hi Chris,

    I’m about 2/3rds the way through this unit but stopped to do some of the second half of the final TMA. The first half of the TMA is based on units 25, 26 and 27. The second half is revision questions.

    I agree about forgetting stuff – I had trouble with remembering some of the linear algebra in M208 last year, and I’ve just had the same with some MST209 topics (I’ve learned some shortcuts which cut out some workings and probably some marks as a result – so I’ve had to go back through material to elongate my answers, which has taken up too much of today).

    I’ll go from 7:30pm tonight until 12:30am and try to finish unit 26, and get its associated TMA question done, which is Euler-trapezoidal and Runge-Kutta computations. That should buy some breathing space for unit 27, which looks like a ^%$*^%$*&^$”£$%^%^£”*%.

    If you have a few minutes, I’d be grateful if you could look through the comments section on my post “Some good puzzles here” and give your advice to myself and Nick about tackling SM358 without S207. Cheers mate. 🙂

    September 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

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