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Archive for September, 2012

M343 Applications of Probability exam revision

Starting tomorrow (15 Sept), my initial plan (which will surely change) is:

Sat 15 – specimen paper
Sun 16 – Weds 19 – go back through book one
Thurs 20 – past paper from 2011
Fri 21 – Mon 24 – go back through book two
Tues 25 – past paper from 2010
Weds 26 – Sat 29 – go back through book three
Sun 30 – past papers from 2009 and 2008
Mon 1 – Thurs 4 – go back through book four
Fri 5 – past papers from 2007 and 2006
Sat 6 – Tues 9 – go back through book five
Weds 10 – sit exam
Thurs 11 – nurse hangover
Fri 12 – begin M337

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M337 Complex Analysis books here

These arrived yesterday and are mega-interesting.
I’ve skim-read the first four chapters, after reminding myself of some of the results from real analysis – well, more reminding myself of the need for structure in the arguments, really.

Really looking forward to this course.

Have also realised that SM358 – The Quantum World – runs from February and not October as I supposed, so I might well take it, as there’ll only be four-ish months of overlap with M337, as opposed to nine.

I’ve nearly finished reading a couple of books on QM – with all the maths and lots of history – and thought the calculations were ok, even if the way some of the ideas that were arrived at and later shown to be true was odd at times.

I can’t help feeling that there’s a whole chunk of other stuff going on, in tandem with our observable QM world, though.

M343’s final assignment came back through the post this morning and I’m pleased to say it’s a pass one on the assignment side of things – I dropped 10 marks all year, so happy with that.

Exam revision begins tomorrow – I’m busy watching lectures on Einstein’s Relativities today and trying to readjust my brain to accept some of the implications.

M347’s cancellation has been actioned by the university.


M343 finished

Finally finished M343’s notes and last assignment today. So, time to start revising for the exam, which is in about four weeks’ time.

The OU’s learner support has confirmed that my application to withdraw from M347 is being processed.

I am only taking the complex analysis course with the OU next year.

But I have really gotten into quantum mechanics in a big way and will be studying that under my own steam alongside the complex analysis. I’ve bought a few QM books and, if you look on Youtube, there’s loads of full-length QM lectures too.

I’ve recompartmentalised my life, and excessive study is not on the cards.