# Unremarkable ventures IV

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#61
Computational physics has these moodle python quizzes with a limit of 2 attempts, meaning that you can keep on trying on one attempt then copy and paste your correct answers to the second for 100%.

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#62
As to other assignments this week, one subpart of Geometry gave me trouble because I didn't know you had to use an orthonormal basis for one part. The rest of it was ok, one question was isometries preserving circles and the second was showing that a certain transformation was a rotation.

Algebra I was disgustingly computational. Characteristic polynomial of 4x4 matrix. Otherwise it was mostly basis change stuff.

Stats was straightforward, basically just calculations with distributions.

MV calc I think I did this morning or yesterday. Was pretty fair - continuity of multivariable functions, sequential compactness, path connectedness and closure. Nothing mad.

I wanted to start a third year course (probably Manifolds [hardest third year module lol but I like the look of it] or Functional Analysis I or measure theory) but my motivation hasn't been especially high. Unconnected to academics, I'm just feeling a bit miserable at the moment.
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9 months ago
#63
(Original post by _gcx)
Miles said the draft was impressive and all the points he gave were presentational. : )))))) (though he said it was already very polished)
That's fantastic to hear, ofc no surprise
(Original post by _gcx)
Computational physics has these moodle python quizzes with a limit of 2 attempts, meaning that you can keep on trying on one attempt then copy and paste your correct answers to the second for 100%.

Good old moodle
(Original post by _gcx)
As to other assignments this week, one subpart of Geometry gave me trouble because I didn't know you had to use an orthonormal basis for one part. The rest of it was ok, one question was isometries preserving circles and the second was showing that a certain transformation was a rotation.

Algebra I was disgustingly computational. Characteristic polynomial of 4x4 matrix. Otherwise it was mostly basis change stuff.

Stats was straightforward, basically just calculations with distributions.

MV calc I think I did this morning or yesterday. Was pretty fair - continuity of multivariable functions, sequential compactness, path connectedness and closure. Nothing mad.

I wanted to start a third year course (probably Manifolds [hardest third year module lol but I like the look of it] or Functional Analysis I or measure theory) but my motivation hasn't been especially high. Unconnected to academics, I'm just feeling a bit miserable at the moment.
sorry to hear that hope you're doing better now
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#64
Algebra I is unbelievably boring. There seems to be a lot of interesting stuff to do with vector spaces but pretty much the whole module (heh) is more matrix calculations I'm given no reason to care about, until the very last section of the module. Having to force myself through it because it really is mind-numbing.
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#65
(Original post by I AM GROOT 1)
That's fantastic to hear, ofc no surprise

Good old moodle

sorry to hear that hope you're doing better now
I was surprised but now he assumes I know all of analysis (Analysis III, Multivariable Calculus, Norms Metrics and Topologies - which tbf I do/should bar the middle one) so god forbid I make a stupid error on any analysis questions.

I'm doing okish now.
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9 months ago
#66
(Original post by _gcx)
Algebra I is unbelievably boring. There seems to be a lot of interesting stuff to do with vector spaces but pretty much the whole module (heh) is more matrix calculations I'm given no reason to care about, until the very last section of the module. Having to force myself through it because it really is mind-numbing.
I can't say I know from experience haha, but you'll get through it!

I am going to be changing to Maths A-level (not further because it feels a bit too late to do that and I also don't really want to give up English Lit) in my head, I'm thinking doing maths a-level will be great because if I enjoy it like I did pretty much every year apart from year 11, I could even decide last minute to do a maths degree... but in your experience is not doing further maths particularly limiting for that pathway?
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#67
(Original post by Matthew2422)
I can't say I know from experience haha, but you'll get through it!

I am going to be changing to Maths A-level (not further because it feels a bit too late to do that and I also don't really want to give up English Lit) in my head, I'm thinking doing maths a-level will be great because if I enjoy it like I did pretty much every year apart from year 11, I could even decide last minute to do a maths degree... but in your experience is not doing further maths particularly limiting for that pathway?
Shouldn't be.

Definitely do FM if you can - at least to AS. You will lock yourself out of a few universities without the full A-level but you'll be fine for quite a few with just AS FM. (you might have a higher offer than you would otherwise)

Degree level maths is a lot different to A-level, more of an emphasis on theory and exploration rather than just computations. I say that even though I'm complaining about Algebra I (our second year linear algebra module - might be called something else when you look around) being horrifically computational, that's kind of an anomaly among "pure" courses lol.
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9 months ago
#68
(Original post by _gcx)
Shouldn't be.

Definitely do FM if you can - at least to AS. You will lock yourself out of a few universities without the full A-level but you'll be fine for quite a few with just AS FM. (you might have a higher offer than you would otherwise)

Degree level maths is a lot different to A-level, more of an emphasis on theory and exploration rather than just computations. I say that even though I'm complaining about Algebra I (our second year linear algebra module - might be called something else when you look around) being horrifically computational, that's kind of an anomaly among "pure" courses lol.
Thanks for the advice, I wont be doing Further Maths for now as I'm already doing Biology, Chemistry and English Lit and enjoying them all and the school only lets us do 4 a-levels (not that I would want to do 5 hahah) but I'll keep that in mind, I suppose there's no harm going back to it in a couple of years if I find that I particularly need it but for now I think I'll stick with just maths haha

The theory and exploration does sound so much more interesting than computations though, I must say!
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#69
motivation very low

halfway through 3rd week content for functional analysis I. Might follow Part II Linear Analysis instead to speed things up - plus it has a focus I prefer.

done more of my second year essay than I realistically need to, about 9 pages deep but will have to cut stuff down. need to find a paper source for my second section and more sources generally to pretend I've used more than 2 sources.

geometry I think I'm up to date with. don't really like the course, it's far too concrete and has no abstraction at all. if i can get a good mark in it I'll keep it on that basis alone.

analysis III I already know. mvc I think I know everything that's been covered so far.

algebra I is horrifically boring. 100% matrix calculations, no abstraction or interesting calculations. like yay I can use the Jordan Canonical Form to determine whether two matrices are similar. Can't wait to see what adventures the Smith Normal Form will take us on : oooo. I think the next bit is Quadratic Forms which should be better. I really can't be bothered to pursue algebra further after this - I've never been more bored doing maths, without exaggeration.

computational physics and stats i need to do quizzes for.
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#70
felt a bit better today.

computational physics quiz was fairly easy (easier than the warmup) but was guaranteed 100%. The place I got docked marks first time was silly though, basically I printed 2.0 instead of 2 though there was no indication integer output was expected. So that's 20% of that module done, the rest of the module is Jupyter notebooks which seem a bit more involved (you get marked for code style too using pylintrc) but not a guaranteed 100%. Need ~81% for 85+ and ~63% for a first in the rest of the module, which should be ok.

Stats quiz a lot shorter than the last one. The last question is a bit annoying because I'm making a computation error I can't spot. Basically just more calculations with distributions. Have a day to figure it out though before the quiz times out so should be ok. Still no clue why the written assignments aren't for credit instead. They're not even formally marked atm.

think in terms of assignments once I've done stats I'm clear for a week or two?
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8 months ago
#71
(Original post by _gcx)
motivation very low

done more of my second year essay than I realistically need to, about 9 pages deep but will have to cut stuff down. need to find a paper source for my second section and more sources generally to pretend I've used more than 2 sources.

geometry I think I'm up to date with. don't really like the course, it's far too concrete and has no abstraction at all. if i can get a good mark in it I'll keep it on that basis alone.

algebra I is horrifically boring. 100% matrix calculations, no abstraction or interesting calculations. like yay I can use the Jordan Canonical Form to determine whether two matrices are similar. Can't wait to see what adventures the Smith Normal Form will take us on : oooo. I think the next bit is Quadratic Forms which should be better. I really can't be bothered to pursue algebra further after this - I've never been more bored doing maths, without exaggeration.

Always good to have too much then trim down compared to too little and padding it out. I wouldn't worry too much about the amount of sources. I know with my undergrad dissertation I had to add some to get more than 1 lol, ended up with 3.

I'm really puzzled by how much of your courses seem to not have much abstraction, especially your algebra. Would it be possible to have a look at the lecture notes you've been given?
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#72
(Original post by zetamcfc)

Always good to have too much then trim down compared to too little and padding it out. I wouldn't worry too much about the amount of sources. I know with my undergrad dissertation I had to add some to get more than 1 lol, ended up with 3.

I'm really puzzled by how much of your courses seem to not have much abstraction, especially your algebra. Would it be possible to have a look at the lecture notes you've been given?
Yeah I'm writing without restricting myself to any length at the moment.

These are the Algebra I notes I was given: http://homepages.warwick.ac.uk/~masd...notes_2009.pdf. Just feels excessively computational.

Geometry I don't think there's really any issue with the course, it's just not quite my kind of thing. Most of the generalised stuff is held back until the differential geometry modules in the third year, the course mainly looks at concrete examples of geometries (euclidean/spherical/projective and maybe hyperbolic I think). It's ok though, was worth giving a go and I'll probably see it through to the end.
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8 months ago
#73
(Original post by _gcx)
These are the Algebra I notes I was given: http://homepages.warwick.ac.uk/~masd...notes_2009.pdf. Just feels excessively computational.
The notes seem standard, but I guess it's the problems you are being asked to solve. Not really a fan of the finitely generated abelian group section as it seems quite rushed.
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#74
(Original post by zetamcfc)
The notes seem standard, but I guess it's the problems you are being asked to solve. Not really a fan of the finitely generated abelian group section as it seems quite rushed.
Just found it incredibly boring personally. I've been fine with the linalg in mv calc/stats/geometry though.

Yeah the inclusion doesn't really make sense - next term there's a groups/rings module which has a lot of y1 recap that could be cut down.
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#75
feeling lonely tbh, corona has kind of forced this term to be the same as last year term 1.

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#76
feeling betterish I definitely need to reach out to more people

need to email around to find a URSS supervisor

tutor has been making very positive comments so i should be on track for a good reference
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#77
Got blanked by the first lecturer I emailed.

I've not done enough functional analysis I, I just started the measure bit. Need to crack on with it over christmas and start emailing more widely. I "started" manifolds in the sense that I now know what a pseudogroup is.

Haven't really been at all productive but been doing well in assignments (full in all but one). Surprised I'm keeping that up with Algebra I and Geometry tbh.
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7 months ago
#78
(Original post by _gcx)
Got blanked by the first lecturer I emailed.

I've not done enough functional analysis I, I just started the measure bit. Need to crack on with it over christmas and start emailing more widely. I "started" manifolds in the sense that I now know what a pseudogroup is.

Haven't really been at all productive but been doing well in assignments (full in all but one). Surprised I'm keeping that up with Algebra I and Geometry tbh.
Well done! Always a good thing to get full marks in assignments, takes a bit of pressure off the exams. Even if they don't count towards your grade they still give you confidence in your own ability, which is a great thing to have.
Last edited by zetamcfc; 7 months ago
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#79
Finished computational physics so that's all assignment work done for the term more or less. Have to read up a bit on the parts of algebra I I skimmed.
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#80
The above post is a bit misleading, I have one computational physics assignment left but I've done the vast majority of it already.

Surprisingly, I have got the main structure of my essay basically done. Got to finish off a proof of BCT and one lemma, and then I've got pretty much all of the proofs done. Then I've just got to tie them all together with exposition, and I guess the essay's done?

It might only be like 12 pages, (the guideline is 8-12 pages but there are plenty of high-first examples in the higher-teens pages https://www.warwickmaths.com/second-year-essays/) was expecting to have to cut down, maybe I'll spend a few pages talking about other problems addressable with BCT. Maybe even a third bulky section about a substantial application of BCT but I'm not sure what that'd be yet. I would be posting drafts but a) Idk if anyone cares that much and b) I don't want any of it to be scraped by plagiarism checkers. Will definitely post when finished.

Have not entirely caught up on Algebra I. Got slightly further on Functional Analysis I.
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