Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Finally Time For Finals

Just finished what I hope was my last Abstract Algebra test. The take home portion of this exam was hell. Even though there were only 3 questions it took a little under a week for us to complete. The first two questions were pretty simple and we finished in about an hour (most likely less). They day before the exam was due my team and I spent around 12 hours working on the sole remaining problem, and we didn't feel too confident about any of our proofs. What frustrated us the most was that the material covered in the final question did not have any major connection to algebra. This combined with the professor's poor wording of the problem left us wanting to kill people. Today was the in class portion of the exam which surprisingly was not all that bad. I did however, make a few mistakes. One problem I got the right answer but used the completely wrong method, luckily this was a short answer and not proof bases test. Another problems I used the same incorrect method but this time I am sure I go the wrong answer. Other than those two questions I think that I got everything else correct.

In addition to the abstract test I had an Advanced Calculus test the following period. Luckily the theorem he wanted us to prove was not all that difficult, since I did not bother studying for it due to the abstract test.

Before you get the wrong idea, today was not a horrible day. In fact it was and most likely will be the best day of this week. I woke up this morning thinking that I would have to go to French. However, during my shower I remembered that we didn't have class today because we had the oral portion of our final the previous day. During this new found free time I studied a little for abstract and watched some television. This got old after a while so I resorted to doing a few SPOJ problems, which is something I haven't done in about a month. During the period of about one hour I finished a previously started problem relating to Fibonacci numbers, started and completed a problem on finding the centroid of a region, and finally started a problem on strings. This last problem I have though of a method but am not sure exactly how to program it just yet.

One final bit of good news, I ordered my laptop a few days ago. Here are its "stats":

- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
- AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60 (2.0 GHz, 512KB+512KB L2 Cache )
- 15.4" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
- 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS!!
- HP Imprint Finish (Radiance) + Webcam + Microphone
- 802.11b/g WLAN and Bluetooth from 802.11b/g WLAN!!
- 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
- SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
- High Capacity 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (3hr 30min)

This only came out to $847.09 and $59.10 of that is tax (shipping was free).

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