Ok, so deriving Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion relied on Kepler having 40 years of astronomical data from which to draw his conclusions. Later putting it on a firm mathematical footing needed one Isaac Newton to reinforce it with calculus.
I have neither 40 years of data nor a Sir Newton to draw on between now and next week. 🙂
The alternative is therefore Unit 28 of MST209.
But Unit 28 requires your calculus to be in tip-top condition – not so much the skills of doing it, as some rarely-used rules to be applied at various stages of the derivation.
I thought my calculus was quite good, but, at one third the way into the unit, with all exercises tried, and some failed, I have a lonnnnnng list of questions to ask my tutor on Monday.
I suspect he’ll groan internally when I phone him, since I’ve phoned five times in the past week already about fairly abstract thoughts on previous units, all of which have been borne by my propensity for making solutions to questions more involved than they need be (I once submitted two pages of a proof, which came back with his proof, in agreement, which was about five lines long).
But he’s a jolly good egg, with patience far in excess of mine, so all will be ok.
In the meantime, soldier on, I shall, with the aim to have Unit 28 finished by 11:59pm on Monday night, the TMA in the post, and the CMA submitted via the course’s electronic system.
Tuesday evening can then be spent catching up on things for work, before Wednesday marks the start of MST209 exam revision proper.