M337 TMA1 sent, and block B read
I finally got round to sending off the Block A TMA – TMA1 – after rewriting about half of it into a tighter format which hopefully still contains all of the information.
This was a useful exercise both for sharpening arguments and also as consolidation of Block A.
On top of that, I’ve completed a first pass reading of Block B, having done very few of the problems and exercises, while also trying to see “what’s under the hood” of certain key results – ie can they be shown/proved in a different way? Varying success here, but at least it has got me thinking.
Work-wise, I leave in four days and have decided not to take the new job offered to me. Instead, I have taken some part-time temping work in the same field up to the end of January 2013, at which point I’ll stop work completely for 18 months, reduce spending to little above basic necessities, and aim to get this degree finished bar the release of the results by July 2014.
To that end, SM358 will be M337’s study buddy this academic year, with various mathematical treatises of quantum mechanics already forming my night time reading.
I’ve written out a study plan which, weekly, incorporates 20 hours of M337, 20 hours of SM358 and about eight hours looking at the MSc course based on the Calculus of Variations; the notes of which I already have. Note that it’s just a case of trying to develop my maths further by trying to follow along with the MSc intro course, rather than enrolling upon it for extra credit.
I figure it might develop mathematical maturity.
Absolutely loving M337, and finding I’m reading various topology texts in tandem at the moment, to deepen my understanding of necessary and key points. I can see why the OU’s topology course is rated as difficult by many students, if the alternative texts I have are anything to go by – definition city being one major problem for me.