# Motivation by Bryan

Finals are FUN!

My grades for the semester so far:

This should keep me motivated for my final tomorrow.

Final Exam 1 of 1

Wednesday December 20, 2006

9 AM to 12 PM

20.430: Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems

Test Format: 2 Questions, Open Book/Note

Brief Commentary:

So I originally wanted to take the undergrad version of this class, but last semester, it was cancelled, so I was out of luck. So this term, since I knew the graduate version would definitely be offered, I took the class on Jr/Sr P/D/F. So even if I get a C, it will appear as a bright and shiny P. (Now if only I thought that way.) Back to studying.

Followed by: Various End of Term Celebrations *<):^)

Later this Week:

2.009 Presentation Recap

Good luck to those of you applying with exams this week.

The J on the grade sheet means that I’m making justified progress on my thesis which is spread out over two semesters.

Good luckon your final tomorrow! Update us!

Good luck on your final tomorrow! Update us!

You suck.

I just took a 6 hour final that totally kicked my you-know-what. It was in computer science and Borski says it kicked his too, so you know I’m screwed. =P

Love you too, Laura!

Charming. I just love to see two adults at one of the worlds most prestigious univ’s duking it out online…..

haha it’s a totally different type of motivation xD

My last three finals are tomorrow.

Bleh.

AP Gov, AP Eng Lit, AP Span

All three of them on the side of my brain that doesn’t work so well =(

@Alex M…

Try some USAMO/AIME problems =) You’ll see how they can ask relatively “few” problems and give you “loads” of time to solve it

How hard can these questions be? To have 3 hrs to complete 2 problems with notes must been they are nearly impossible, yet it is hard for me to imagine serious test questions of that difficulty…

Thus far in school, I have found I either know how to do a problem, or I don’t. For example, in AP Calculus, there are only a certain number of type of questions that can be asked. After a while, all optimizations, all related rates, all solids of revolution etc. look exactly the same. If you know how to do one, you can do them all.

I guess I’ll find out just how hard this stuff can be soon enough

What does the J on the grade sheet stand for?

haha USAMO, i remember recently looking at the mathematical hopping frog one, quite boggling

@Chris

Yes, I have done the AIME for the last few years, but I draw a seperation between math contests and school. I realize that tough problems are out there, but a teacher would never ask me one of those for a test. Many of the AIME and USAMO questions rely on mathematical insight and strategies that are not touched on in class whatsoever.

Here’s a three-problem exam from the 2004 offering of the same class.