Another Term

The spring term at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has begun. Courses this term include Linear Algebra, Computer Security, Programming Language Concepts, and Introduction to Archaeology. So far, Linear Algebra seems like it may be the toughest as far as material goes. As far as workload, it is a tossup between Programming Language Concepts and Introduction to Archaeology. The archaeology course has less actual work, but it will require quite a bit more reading.

Additionally, as an update on my goals from the beginning of this year, I have done well on both personal goals and have a new personal goal this term. I did well for a while blogging frequently, but then I quit blogging for a few weeks. I plan to blog frequently once again. I just found out some other people have been reading my blog entries, so I have more incentive to actually produce content. I also plan to complete all of my homework and attend all of my classes this term.

Professor Challenge

I have a challenge for teachers and professors of the world. In particular, this challenge is targeted toward teachers of advanced high school courses on up into higher education but it can apply elsewhere. The challenge is to give a test, quiz, or assignment that you would give your students to your colleagues. If your colleagues are missing problems, then your test, quiz, or assignment is not at a reasonable difficulty. As another teacher or professor, your colleague should know the material better than you expect the students to know the material.

The reason I am making this challenge is because there are cases when material appearing on assignments simply does not belong there. Examples include many proofs. In particular, I refer to proofs that do not appear in lecture and course material. Of those, I refer to those proofs that do not deviate in a patterned way from proofs that are shown. When these proofs were originally formulated, which is a feat you are asking your students to repeat when the desired proof meets the mentioned qualifications, it took much longer than a day. In some cases, you are asking students to repeat such an amazing feat in less than an hour. Does that seem right?

If you are a professor or teacher and you take this challenge, please let me know your results. Additionally, if you have a differing view on this issue, let me know. I am interested in education and have thought about being a teacher or professor someday, likely after a career in my chosen field.

Raped Apes

A rather strange phrase was brought up in class today, "raped apes." It was in reference to a reading for rhetoric of science. The engineers described were build a computer system that needed to be faster than something. It seems they chose "raped apes" as something that is fast for comparison. I wouldn’t want to know how those engineers know how fast a raped ape is. Anyhow, I though it would be an amusing blog entry title.

First Day

Yesterday was the first day of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology school year. It is my fourth year, though I will not be graduating this year. So far things are going well. I have all of my homework done with plenty of time to spare. I am taking courses in linear algebra, Web-based information systems, and rhetoric of science. It was nice to be surprised by some friends being in those classes as well. Rhetoric of science will definitely be heavy on reading. Linear algebra will be heavy on daily assignments. Web-based information systems will be heavy on project-type work.