ASU Summer 2016 Session B Week 1 Update

MAT 267 started up Wednesday 6/29 of this week officially. Unofficially though, last Sunday, if I remember correctly the professor had Blackboard, WebWorks and Piazza online and ready for us. I didn’t get a lot done with the three day head start unfortunately, but I did get to spend it down in Disneyland with the family for a much needed vacation.

Summer session courses have a few less days than the usual fall and spring semesters so I think the professor had mentioned that this course crams 16 weeks into a 6 week course. No pressure… I have been very impressed with the professor though. He’s a UCR alum so that is a big plus! Not to mention, he’s got a lot of additional resources listed out for students and has been very quick to respond to questions on the discussion boards. Fingers crossed this course will go smoothly.  

MAT 267 picks up right where MAT 266 leaves off. We started this week by taking a look at the following topics:

  • 3-D Coordinate Systems
  • Vectors

Two sets of homework are due on Saturday, but didn’t take much to get them completed yesterday. I fear though, that the intensity and difficulty will increase as we get further along in the course. This week’s topics definitely appeared in Physics 121 from what I remember last spring so I think having MAT 267 under my belt ahead of PHY 121 and PHY 122 will be beneficial when I retake those two classes this fall. 

I haven’t altered my study work equipment too much, although I did sign up for the Windows Insider Program on my Surface Pro 3. I figured it was safe enough to give it a try since we’ve also got my wife’s Surface Book Pro as a backup. So far the fast builds have been working well the past few weeks and seem pretty stable. I’m using Asana to keep track of due dates and assignments as I did for MAT 266 last semester, in addition to OneNote and OneDrive for class notes and saving files, etc.

To keep well ahead of the work load, my goal is to complete 1-2 sections per day. There are a couple of weekends where I’ll be gone due to Scouting commitments. My wife is home on summer vacation from her teaching job so she’ll be able to help out with the kiddos more. In addition, I did take advantage of one of the local libraries today. I plan to sneak over there more so I can get some quiet time to focus on the various problems.

In addition to the homework which is 15% of our grade, 10% comes from Exam 1 (unproctored) and the remaining 75% (25% each) for Exam 2, Exam 3 and the Final which all three are proctored examinations. ASU continues to use ProctorU.com and is picking up the proctor fee again. I do wish homework would be worth more since that is where the majority of my time is spent, but rumor has it that if you do the homework and understand the problems, the exams will be pulling questions from the homework. Exam 1 is on July 13th and additional information will be made available as that date gets closer. 

Health wise, I’m feeling much better than I did back in May. Finally have most of my energy back and have started running again. Slight change to my diet to include a lot more fiber, but so far so good. I’ve got what I hope will be my last doctor’s appointment next week. 

That is all for now! Back to work I go!