The last full week of Spring 2017 Session A is done. This week has been busier than usual. The third PHY 131 test happened Wednesday, had a lab due Wednesday for PHY 132, plus a pre-lab quiz, plus some homework tossed in for good measure.
I’m disappointed with my performance on the PHY 131 test. I didn’t bomb it, but missed 2 questions due to human error. Keyed one equation into the calculator wrong and then just flat out selected the wrong answer on another moving too fast again. I’m a bit at a loss on how to improve my performance on these tests. I did a lot of preparation before hand that included working out the end of chapter questions, read through the two chapters and watched some supplemental lectures. Felt pretty okay going into it, but that clock just moves too fast and I’m my own worst enemy sometimes.
I am looking forward to the change next fall over to full 15 week semesters. I think that will be good to have a bit more time to digest and absorb the new material. 7.5 weeks for some of these classes has been really rough and sometimes don’t think I’ve retained as much as I would have if I would have been working with the material for 15 weeks. Oh well, not much to do about that.
We’re down to two chapters left in PHY 131. Chapter 34 will cover Electromagnetic Fields and Waves and Chapter 35 will cover AC Circuits. 13 and 15 Mastering Physics problems respectively from the two chapters.
I plan to take the Final exam that is worth 25% of my grade on Tuesday 2/28. I have enough points in the class that worst case I’ll walk away with a C, but definitely want to do much better than that. The final exam is cumulative and there hasn’t been much said regarding what to expect. No practice exams and the TA’s advice was review the homework and practice tests and exams to review.
The PHY 132 lab this week was on Magnetic Fields. This one gave me a little bit of trouble at first, but a good friend was able to help me out. The lab manual had listed the gravity of earth at one value, but I was finding half the value. Turns out though that since we were working with vectors, the lab had us finding just the horizontal component. Once I got past that though, all was good. Still took longer than I would have liked to get the report all typed up. I can’t stress enough, whatever you think the labs will take you, quadruple that value! Well, maybe not quadruple, but start early and plan for things to take longer than expected.
One more lab and prelab quiz to go in PHY 132! So far have had perfect marks on the labs and quizzes so hopefully that trend continues through next week and I can walk away with a solid A in PHY 132. PHY 131, I’m hopefully I can do well enough on the final exam to at least pull a B. Definitely one of the most intense classes I’ve had yet.
The Fall 2018 schedule arrived on Monday and I’m able to register 2/24. I’m planning to register for the following (assuming successful completion of the classes already in the queue):
- EEE 230 – Computer Organization & Assembly Language (Session A)
- EEE 241 – Electromagnetics (Session C)
- EEE 334 – Circuits II (Session C)
- EEE 350 – Random Signal Analysis (Session C)
Hopefully this course load won’t be too insane. I’m a bit nervous about what the first 7.5 weeks will look like with the overlap of a Session A class and a Session C class, but no way around it given what was schedule Spring Session B and Summer 2017. At least there will only be three final exams in early December.