Since the $225 I receive for being an RA finally transferred into my bookstore account, I was finally able to buy textbooks! Of course, they were way overpriced, since all the used copies were already sold out. :'( At least I get about half my money back at the end of the semester. >.<;
My classes have actually been going pretty well. The only one that I’m worried about is Physics 131. =/ My professor is amazing – he’s funny, thorough, and passionate. It really makes up for the fact that I have to wake up at 6:30am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to attend his 8:30am lecture. I also think the labs are actually fun! But the material is just something I can’t grasp quickly enough – it’s no secret that I’m terrible at math (especially calculus) and science! I try my best, but problems like these give me headaches:
OR “The sun sets, fully disappearing over the horizon as you lie on the beach, your eyes 30cm above the sand. You immediately jump up, your eyes now 130cm above the sand, and you can see the top of the sun. If you count the number of seconds (=t) until the sun fully disappears again, you can estimate the radius of the earth. Use the known radius of the earth to calculate t.”
And it’s only going to get more difficult from here! :< Fortunately, there are easier ways to do physics – one of them just happens to be an app I downloaded last week called Cat Physics. : ) When I got it, the app was free, but apparently it costs $0.99 now. >.<; The goal is to use directional arrows and angles to get the ball from one cat to the other. Of course, there are obstacles and every level becomes increasingly difficult. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at level 75. :( It’s really fun and addicting, though. Here’s a screen shot from my iPod touch. For some reason, the image quality was reduced – that’s why it looks a little pixelated. o_O
Speaking of science, I’m sure you guys have heard of the Jeopardy IBM Challenge.. right? If not, click here to watch the first round from yesterday – I assure you it’s worth watching. I was very impressed by how quickly the machine could process language and information. To be honest, I thought the human brain would have had the advantage over Watson! Be sure to watch the other videos on YouTube. : ) Until next time!