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By creo (Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 02:50:41 AM EST) (all tags)
So I'm posting the short version.


Family: Healthy, no more sprogs in primary school.

Work: Busy, paid late as usual. At the moment I have my very own vacation student (same degree as I have started, except he has just finished third year) to poison with my cynicism that I have developed in over 15 years in the business. I have not scared him off yet.

Education: started a double degree in CompSys engineering and Comp. Sci. Only did 1 unit (due to work commitments) - Electrical Systems 100, got 98%. Ohm, Kirchoff, Thevenin, Norton, Faraday and Tesla are my BITCHES. I'm pretty much exempted from the rest of first year except for maths - I think I'm going to find Newton, Leibniz and friends harder to own...

Dream Bike: not yet purchased due to uncertainty in getting funds out of client.

My Bundy is empty, time to post, then refill.

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Newton, Leibniz and friends by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 03:30:35 AM EST
I had a bitch of a time figuring out limits.  Once I figured them out the rest of calculus was a breeze.  I don't remember much of it as I haven't needed it since 93, but I can still integrate e to the x.

The most useful math courses, in the Real World of Computer Programming were Statistics, Probability, and a theory course that was heavily into Boolean Algebra (lots of truth tables, useful when dealing with digital i/o and analog/digital conversions) and set theory.  The book was about 1 CM thick for an entire semester.

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Limits are interesting by creo (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 10:50:07 PM EST
I remember learning them at HS, and thinking that they were a waste of time. As I have been revising over this summer for next years Maths, I have started to see that if you nail them, it sets everything else up - which is pretty much what you said.

I agree with your summation of useful maths - particularly the boolean algebra, I think a lot of that stuff gets covered 2nd sem next year, or even in the second year maths unit. Due to my day job, Im pretty good with the basics, but t will be good to get a go at the more theoretical stuff.

Going to Uni as an old guy is the dog's bollocks - I'm actually a minority !

"I shall do what I believe to be right and honourable" - Guderian

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It is alive! by TurboThy (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 03:45:09 AM EST
So, will you be ditching Safari for future updates' sake?
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in the spirit of the original entry by creo (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 10:45:47 PM EST
yes - but maybe not for short ones like this.

"I shall do what I believe to be right and honourable" - Guderian

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