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MIT student blogger Laura N. '09

Photographic evidence by Laura N. '09

Warning: trig ahead.

So I thought I’d show you just what I was talking about in my last entry where I talk about the horrible trigonometric torture I endured in my 2.001 lecture.




You see the double-angle formulas, don’t you? Yuck.

After that, I was working on my 2.001 pset, which thankfully didn’t cover all that much trig just yet, but was still firmly entrenched in algebra. I did the following two pages of it:


…before finding out that my method was completely wrong. Don’t you hate those moments?

In other news, I have a confession to make to my fellow VMars fans…

…Ready?

I think I have a fictional character crush on Piz. I can’t help it, he’s just so freaking cute! Of course, he’s totally in love with Veronica and while part of me desperately wants him to get the girl, he’s way too good for her. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I basically aspire to be Veronica in all of her snarky goodness, but sometimes these pesky things like her sheer stupidity (um, helping Donut kidnap his own freaking kid, worst plot EVER), completely biatchy nature, and dating habits are less than stellar. Also, this curly hair thing? So not working for me.

Anyway. <3 Piz. That’s all.

Responses to questions:

Thuita Maina said: Am just concerned about admission chief, Marilee Jones, blogs. I haven’t seen her blog since I got hooked to the MIT site – four months ago. Is she very very busy? I would love to hear from her, and I guess so would many applicants.

Well, I’ve never been the Dean of Admissions of anywhere, but I imagine she is pretty busy, especially now that reading season is starting! I don’t know for sure, but I’d say you can expect to hear from Marilee only a few times a year, usually around crucial dates in the admissions cycle, so stay tuned.

Mona said: Hi. Thi[s] i[s] not a re[s]pon[s]e to thi[s] pot, but rather a concern regarding the application proce[ss]. I hope you can help me. What do I do with the teacher recommendation[s]? [s]hould I [s]end it my[s]elf or [s]hould they [s]end it? And [s]hould I [s]ign the part on top where it [s]ay[s] I waive the right to review thi[s]? I know it'[s] better if I don’t [s]ee the paper my[s]elf, [s]o I ju[s]t need to know what'[s] the right way to do it, and [s]hould I [s]end all the [s]tuff together in one big envelope?

Thank[s]

([s]orry my keyboard i[s] broken! :( )

Man. I feel your pain. I didn’t have an “i” key for the longest time last year. So. Annoying. As for the recommendation letters, my guidance counselors made me sign the waiver part, but I’m honestly not sure how much it matters. I guess your teachers might be more honest if they know you won’t be reading it, but one of my teachers actually gave me my own copy of his letter, just because, I guess. So I can’t really help there. As for who should send it in, my guidance counselors took care of that. They actually did tons of work for us- we submitted all of our completed applications to them and they shipped the whole thing off at once. Even if your guidance counselors aren’t that helpful, they still need to fill out some forms for your app (school profiles and counselor recommendations), so you could ask your teachers to give their letters to the guidance office and have it packaged that way. If that’s not possible (or you don’t trust your guidance office…who’s seen Orange County? Awesome movie…), you can certainly ask the teachers to send the letters separately (just make sure they have the appropriate address and they label the pages with the appropriate identifying information the college wants- usually name and birthdate or social security number or something like that). You can also send the letters yourself. Just have your teachers seal the letters themselves, then toss the sealed envelopes into a big folder to be mailed. The more pages you can package together, the better, as it obviously reduces the risk of things getting lost. But it really doesn’t matter how you do it- as long as all the pages have your identifying information, just pick the system that works out the best for you (and your teachers and guidance counselor).

Jacqueline said: Definitely understand what you mean about the angles. The last problem on my physics final last year was of those “hypothetical situations” where a boat is crossing a river leaving from the south shore and the wind is pushing it northeast and the current is flowing west and a school of goldfish is exerting a southwest force on the stern, and the coefficient of friction of the seaweed scraping the bottom is 4.2 x 10 ^ -4242.

That is truly, truly horrendous. I’m so sorry for you.

11 responses to “Photographic evidence”

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Teehee. I was just expressing empathy for your trig situation- although your problems appear to trounce mine to the nth degree.
    Good luck with your pset smile

  2. Thuita Maina says:

    Thanks Laura for your response.

  3. Thuita Maina says:

    Laura,

    I previewed my Application part 2 only to realise that I had given the wrong family name. Please, do correct for me to avoid confusion espically when other maerials and SAT scores arrive.
    Current entry: Last/Family name – Thuita First name John Middle Initial – M
    Instead of: Last/Family name – Maina First name – John Middle Initial – T
    My present school is ‘Starehe Boys’ Centre and School’ not ‘H.S. in Kenya’ as indicated on my application part 1.
    Thanks Laura in advance.

  4. Guyomar says:

    My teachers made me do loads of the types of questions that Jacqueline had when I was 15. I love Math, but I didn’t like that part very much.

  5. Morgan says:

    I feel your pain. In AP Physics this year we performed a “force as vectors” lab where we shifted the coordinate plane, which was already something different from the force table we were using, and it just became worse from that. Good luck though! I’m sure you’ll do well!

  6. Asha says:

    I have a question regarding the applications. I sent in my app and all that in time for EA since I am applying for it. I gave my teachers recommendation forms two weeks before Nov.1st and they both even said that they sent it. But, now that I check the application online, it doesn’t have a check mark next to one of the recommendation forms. So, should I tell the teacher or should I wait?..I’m not sure what to do because I don’t want to be rude or anything to her.

  7. Asha says:

    I have a question regarding the applications. I sent in my app and all that in time for EA since I am applying for it. I gave my teachers recommendation forms two weeks before Nov.1st and they both even said that they sent it. But, now that I check the application online, it doesn’t have a check mark next to one of the recommendation forms. So, should I tell the teacher or should I wait?..I’m not sure what to do because I don’t want to be rude or anything to her.

  8. Utkarsh says:

    Hey,
    This isn’t as tought as it is seems to you!!!
    Its a child’s play, if you have any unsolved question mail it to me , its dammn easy. I am kidding who will ask an undergrad. who is applyin this year if there are many nobel prize holders are there to help.

    BUT JUST TO TELLL YOU DON’T BE AFRAID OF IT, ITS VERY VERY EASY MARK MY WORDS

  9. Mitra says:

    One of my Ctrl keys doesn’t really work, and it sucks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    can you send me some information about PRISON BREAK?THANK YOU!

  11. е≠Щ says:

    i am a chinese college student .can you tell something about the USA?thank you !