Imperial Strikes Back: 2nd Year Physics GYG

Watch
I AM GROOT 1
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#41
Report 10 months ago
#41
It's going to be such a weird year :erm:

PRSOM
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#42
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#42
Micro-update.

My brief burst of productivity (which was hardly a burst in the first place, I did about 3 problem sheets) has been gone for about at least a week now :indiff:
Mental health took a bit of a dip but I think things are improving.
My timetable has been released, although it's only going to be of any use for the live (but still remote) events, since the normal lectures are timetabled in the evening. So maybe that's just when they release the lectures online. I'll have to come up with a proper timetable, then.
They haven't yet updated the page with the module specifications so I'm still not quite sure what the content is, but once they do that I'll make a post going through them.
0
reply
barror1
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#43
Report 9 months ago
#43
Please can I have a tag?
And yeah, this term is going to be suuuuper uncertain. I hope that you're doing ok, my DMs are always open if you want to complain about second year together :console:
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#44
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#44
(Original post by barror1)
Please can I have a tag?
And yeah, this term is going to be suuuuper uncertain. I hope that you're doing ok, my DMs are always open if you want to complain about second year together :console:
Bien sur, tu serais tagged

I am looking forward to at least having something to do that I'm forced to do. The past few months have been...I think 'empty' best describes it.
0
reply
barror1
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#45
Report 9 months ago
#45
(Original post by Sinnoh)
Bien sur, tu serais tagged

I am looking forward to at least having something to do that I'm forced to do. The past few months have been...I think 'empty' best describes it.
Yeah I get that, extracurricular stuff has basically kept me going :yes:
Hopefully being on campus once a week and doing SU/society stuff will be enough to keep a routine this term :dontknow:
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#46
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#46
And so it begins... again.

I guess term has started. My Microsoft Teams notifications are definitely going off a lot more than they used to, my Blackboard page has updated and there are even a few new lectures to watch. Do I feel all that ready for new topics and more work? Not really. Am I glad to see the back of the most uneventful summer I've ever had and have something to do again? **** yes.

The only on-site activities for my course this term are the lab sessions, but they don't start until November for me since I've got computing as a 'lab' first. I'm still planning on coming in to the campus maybe once a week or more often, because a) I've actually missed it and b) I'm more likely to do work there. I went in the previous week, before the term actually started, to see what was open, how it was running, how crowded the trains were and do a little bit of revision. I was going to go in again today, but right before I got there I realised I'd left my college ID card and then when I got back I was charged the maximum fare because TfL thought I'd forgotten to touch out which left a bit of a bad taste so I abandoned that.

I have a timetable, but it's not useful for lectures since they're all pre-recorded and uploaded at the start of each week. There are just occasional live sessions, like the computing labs, remote office hours and some Q&As with the lecturers as a substitute for queuing up at the end of the lecture at the front of the hall.

Ok for anyone interested, here's some details about the modules. They finally uploaded the module specifications on the website so I at least know roughly what the new modules consist of.

Advanced Practical Physics
This is the module for all the computing and labs we do this year. There have been a few short lectures uploaded as preparation for the computing sessions. We're going a bit deeper into object-oriented programming, being introduced to using classes in Python, it feels a lot more computer science-esque than last year.

Quantum Physics
Starts with the introductory quantum physics module that used to be a 1st year course so should be ok. First few lectures are supposedly focus mainly on concepts, although I've only watched one so far. This is the biggest module of the year: 16 lectures on introduction to quantum physics, 25 on quantum mechanics and then 16 on atomic physics. Plus an extra couple for this article thing later on, I assume. Just from first impressions it's looking interesting, but I expect things to get 'drier' and more abstract when we move on to QM.

Differential Equations and Electromagnetism
Not much info about the structure of this module yet :iiam: but the content looks like it'll get quite tricky quite quickly. Some of the stuff on DEs will be familiar from further maths A-level (I hope) but there's a lot besides. And neither electrostatics nor magnetism were my strong suit in first year.

Thermal Physics and Structure of Matter
I guess these are grouped together because they're the most chemistry-y of the lot. Structure of matter doesn't look that bad, I had a glance at a past paper of it, but thermodynamics and statistical physics could be painful.

Horizons - Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World
We've already been given an introductory video and a short task to come up with our own definition of revolutions and to basically do a bit of research so we have something to talk about when the class actually happens. Not at all related, but our teacher for this has written a surprisingly interesting article on the use of curses in Ireland. It's assessed from two 2000-word essays, submitted at the end of the autumn and spring terms. I'm a bit disappointed that we have to pick from a (fairly narrow) list of essay questions and we can't really re-use topics, because I'd demolish the Russian Revolution as a topic, but I guess we're meant to have a broad overview

Last edited by Sinnoh; 9 months ago
3
reply
niamhdoesmaths
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#47
Report 9 months ago
#47
those modules sound juicy :drool: hope you manage to get into the swing of things quickly and can build up a bit of a routine despite everything being posted in advance
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#48
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#48
(Original post by niamhdoesmaths)
those modules sound juicy :drool: hope you manage to get into the swing of things quickly and can build up a bit of a routine despite everything being posted in advance
indeed they do

and yeah I've worked out that I just need to watch 2-3 lectures a day to keep up with the content itself so that's alright. On 1.5x speed it hardly takes any time :ahee:
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#49
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#49
And just like that, that's 2 weeks of uni down. There's quite a difference between the first two weeks of 1st year and the first two weeks of 2nd year, and it's not just the fact that I've only been into campus three times since the start of term.

The college campus is a lot quieter than it was in the Before-Time; there are no human traffic jams on the walkway, the queues for the hot food outlets can be measured in feet instead of miles, Queen's Lawn hasn't been churned up into a mudbath, the sentence "I found a seat in the library at lunchtime" isn't met with guffaws of disbelief. It's actually quite a nice place to be in those respects. My biggest complaint about the place really is that they got rid of all the nice uni merchandise I wanted to buy (seriously what did they do with all those scarves? and that £285 fountain pen?).

Despite all that, the social experience has been pretty lacking. I haven't yet met friends from first year in person, and plans to meet up next week may be thwarted because of the imminent increase in the coronavirus alert level for London. So that sucks, especially since very few of my school friends are in London atm. It's now about 2 weeks since I've met up with friends in person...

Last week (5th to 9th of October)
So obviously, less busy than fresher's week was last year, really just making my way through the new lectures for each topic. I went into campus on the Wednesday (the day after the last update), then realised that it coincided with the PhySoc 'mums and dads' introduction event on MS Teams, so good thing I had my laptop and earphones with me. That was fun, I had my first katsu curry in about 7 months - I then managed to spill some dregs of the sauce on to my laptop, which was not so nice.
Only 'live' things I attended that week were the computing session and the Research Frontiers event which was quite interesting, it was about the Cassini mission to Saturn, the detections it made and about the satellite itself.

This week
Started off with the Horizons seminar where we were just looking at the theory and ideas of revolutions, including discussing some famous quotes and debating what 'counted' as a revolution. Because we had the choice of attending a 9 a.m. class or a 4 p.m. class, the 9 a.m. class had far fewer people so I'm glad I got up early for it. Next week we'll be looking at the French Revolution; I've borrowed a book from the library for it.

Had the first seminar and first assessed problem sheet of the year; the seminar was on the structure of matter module, looking at the Lennard-Jones potential formula for forces between atoms, and messing about with an online physics simulation that proved quite glitchy when you tried to put in too many particles at once, or ran it too quickly. It was a decent seminar, I think, and it's nice to do a step up in complexity from ideal gases.

Also had the second computing session on Thursday - after some initial frustrations it went quite smoothly. Coding is so satisfying when you get it right first time. I'm not looking forward to the computing projects much, though - it's developing simulations of either ray optics in lenses (gross) or particle collisions in a container (slightly less gross?).

I've finished all the lectures for this week at least, and finished the assessed problem sheet so I guess you could say I'm a right productivity machine... nah well at least I'm doing a lot better with online learning than I was back in the summer.

Brief review of the modules so far:
Quantum Physics
We've just about gotten on to the actual quantum physics part after a few introductory lectures about optics and atomic structure; most recent lecture was on the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering. It's quite interesting so far and not that difficult, but there's a lot of information and I mustn't get complacent.

Differential Equations & Electromagnetism
Only two 'full' lectures so far (they're split into many parts), nothing too new apart from some nice properties about solutions to the equations. Electromagnetism doesn't come along for a while. Have done a bit extra practice on this besides the problem sheet - I want to make sure it's not a problem later.

Thermal Physics & Structure of Matter
So far not as interesting as I might have expected, with the exception of the most recent lecture which was on viscosity of fluids and pressure. Turns out the old specification used to include fluid flow equations, even the Navier-Stokes equation used to be assessed - and this was a 1st year module before! So yeah I'm glad they've updated the course because that is a bit much.

Afterword
Writing up an update takes a surprising amount of time and that could become a scarce resource, so I'm thinking I might reduce the frequency of 'formal' updates where I notify everyone subscribed and have frequent posts just to write down what I've done and need to do - I would want to see if this blog can be helpful to my degree.
That's all for now!

2
reply
Toastiekid
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#50
Report 9 months ago
#50
quiet london sounds very strange! are there actually any students who can afford a £285 fountain pen?:gasp:
sorry to hear the social stuff is a bit rubbish at the moment i suspect the online zoom quizzes and all that are going to make a comeback over the next few weeks
your modules sound really interesting! i did a research project thing in year 12 in which we looked at viscosity and navier stokes and the stuff in it was very cool (took a while to get our heads around though!)
have a lovely week
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#51
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#51
(Original post by Toastiekid)
quiet london sounds very strange! are there actually any students who can afford a £285 fountain pen?:gasp:
sorry to hear the social stuff is a bit rubbish at the moment i suspect the online zoom quizzes and all that are going to make a comeback over the next few weeks
your modules sound really interesting! i did a research project thing in year 12 in which we looked at viscosity and navier stokes and the stuff in it was very cool (took a while to get our heads around though!)
have a lovely week
I had enough maintenance loan left over after the first term to buy that pen, but I'm sure I'd lose it at some point.
ahh yeah I remember you mentioning that project! Though I'd imagine there's a lot of skirting around the problem, solving Navier-Stokes is a Millennium Prize problem after all.

thanks and you too!
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#52
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#52
Saturday was busy as hell, had a quiz tournament via Zoom that lasted about 7 hours (!!!) not including lunch. Difficulty on the whole was a bit easier than previous ones I've done, but there were far too many literature questions for my liking. I think we won 3 out of 8 games?
I wasn't finished after that though, had another society event in the evening, thankfully it lasted about an hour but wow I felt tired at 9:30 pm and that is very unusual.

I don't remember doing anything on Sunday though apart from visiting my mum's.

Should hopefully be meeting up with friends tonight and tomorrow, there's also the UC tryouts tomorrow :awesome:
whilst I think I've improved since last year, I'm not confident about getting to the second round; I had some unbelievable luck with my guesses last year.

I also think I completely unintentionally missed one of the computing sessions last week. I didn't know we had two per week... whoops. So I've got that in just over an hour. But I'm done with the worksheet anyway so we should be moving on to the actual projects now. Not looking forward to that so much.
0
reply
Toastiekid
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#53
Report 9 months ago
#53
(Original post by Sinnoh)
I had enough maintenance loan left over after the first term to buy that pen, but I'm sure I'd lose it at some point.
ahh yeah I remember you mentioning that project! Though I'd imagine there's a lot of skirting around the problem, solving Navier-Stokes is a Millennium Prize problem after all.

thanks and you too!
:lol: the pain of losing the pen would be too much!
yes, unfortunately we didn't solve it there were jokes about solving it but we pretty much just learnt how to simplify it by making different assumptions and what all the different symbols meant (and how it linked to the lymphatic system)
no worries
0
reply
laurawatt
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#54
Report 9 months ago
#54
Katsu curry :woo:
Oooh well done for the quiz and gl for the UC tryouts, hoping for some lucky guesses! :yep:
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#55
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#55
(Original post by laurawatt)
Katsu curry :woo:
Oooh well done for the quiz and gl for the UC tryouts, hoping for some lucky guesses! :yep:
Thanks! and yeah there were a couple lucky guesses but on the slim chance that other people at uni see this thread I can't talk about them now :ninja:
1
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#56
Report Thread starter 9 months ago
#56
Okay halfway through the week.
The computing project has kind of sucked as anticipated. I've opted for the thermodynamics simulation with the balls colliding in a container. I have about 2 weeks to complete it. So far I've made a class in Python and painstakingly copied in some (cited) equations and not much else. Also did the second online test for computing but the highest mark I could get was 6/8. Got another session for computing tomorrow but I just don't find it enjoyable at all at the moment.

Having noticed some further flaws with my APS I've resubmitted it so should be good now.

Lectures not yet watched:
Quantum Physics 8, Differential Equations 3, Structure of Matter 5, 6 & 7. 7 hasn't been released yet, though.

Problem sheets to do:
Quantum Physics 2, Differential Equations 2, plus differential equations APS.

Other stuff...

Met up with people yesterday, then followed by the first round of the UC try-outs. I made a very embarrassing stupid mistake on the first question, but I had a nice run of correct answers later on. You could write an answer in twice for double points, but if wrong you lose a point. I don't think I had any negs aside from the first question. I think I did similarly to last year when I got into the second round, but I really shouldn't take that as a given and there are other people I know of who ought to do better.

Oh and the try-outs were held in the physics lecture theatre which was a very nice hit of nostalgia for last year.
0
reply
username5378250
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#57
Report 8 months ago
#57
Could I be tagged please?
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#58
Report Thread starter 8 months ago
#58
(Original post by Roses & Dreams)
Could I be tagged please?
Bien sur
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#59
Report Thread starter 8 months ago
#59
Going to be a busy weekend.
0
reply
Flobro
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#60
Report 8 months ago
#60
Could I get a tag please?
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Poll: What factors affect your mental health most right now? Post-lockdown edition

Anxiousness about restrictions easing (33)
5.62%
Uncertainty around my education (69)
11.75%
Uncertainty around my future career prospects (66)
11.24%
Lack of purpose or motivation (75)
12.78%
Lack of support system (eg. teachers, counsellors, delays in care) (33)
5.62%
Impact lockdown had on physical health (31)
5.28%
Social worries (incl. loneliness/making friends) (63)
10.73%
Financial worries (38)
6.47%
Concern about myself or my loves ones getting/having been ill (24)
4.09%
Exposure to negative news/social media (34)
5.79%
Difficulty accessing real life entertainment (15)
2.56%
Lack of confidence in making big life decisions (59)
10.05%
Worry about missed opportunities during the pandemic (47)
8.01%

Watched Threads

View All