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September 13th, 2004

integrals just need to die @ 08:42 pm

Current Mood: tired tired

Today was one of my longest days I've had this semester. It wasn't entirely too mentally taxing, but just took a long time ot get through, especially with the lot of arguing and cajoling I had to do.

I had the usual classes, the usual lectures, and the usual "what the ... that problem took one class period to complete?" And then I met with my professor number 405, Dr. Advanced Applied Math. I didn't have to ask him many questions, but wanted to talk to him more to figure out how I was to turn in homework, do tests, and complete general classwork. It was an impasse before we started and still is at the time of writing. His issue is that he doesn't know how to work with him as far as accomodating and being flexible. When you have to figure out new ways to do things, as I always have had to do, you have to be flexible, and at this point, Dr. Math isn't willing to be flexible. For him, I'm outside his comfort level, I defy what he thinks should be done in his mind as far as Advance Applied Math is concerned. The issue is with assignment length. I know that the class isn't easy; hell, it took one class period to do one problem today. Howeer, when he assigns nine problems to do over a week, he expects the others to do them and then turn them into him. I can do the problems, it may take me ages and kill hundreds of trees worth of braille, but my trials do not stop after my last integral has been integrated, my last differential differentiated. My trials, due to the fact that the center has no one who can read braille, finish with excruciating painfullness in the transcribing process. There, I'll have to read all those integrals to someone whose probably not had Advance Applied Math, and who probably won't know waht I'm talking about when I say "The integral from negative pi to pi of adx/dt+bsin 3xdydt) = blah. SO I'll probably have to spend the same time as I took to do the homework assignment just reading to someone who'll hopefully copy my answers down correctly.

Plan A is to scribe the assignment that I've already partially done and the one that's due this week, and then have another conversation with the professor. I'll also hopefully have kept track of the time I spent both doing the problems and the time it took to scribe my assignment. Then, armed with numbers, tired fingers, and laryngitis probably, I'll be able to push logic into him. We thought he would break but no, not yet at least. ITs just frustrating when a professor just doesn't get it. True, its hard to work with a blind person but you must be flexible, its the only way I'll pass this class. My feeling isthat the obstacle should be my understanding of the subject, not the fact that its going to take ages to convert the material I write into a form he can see.

Tonight I swear I'm going to bed early, reading some math first, but then going to bed. I need more than six hours of sleep, thats for sure.

Two good things did happen today, and I'll write about them before I close. Always good to close on a good note eh?

1. I found out that there's an Australian store here in Fayetteville. Why there's a store here that has all kinds of Australian stuff, I don't know. For the life of me I don't know how they can make money but anyway, I hope its cool because I really want some tim tams or mint slice and I want them now. THey are both tasty Assie cookies I miss a lot.
2. They're hopefully going to install an automatic opener on the doors outside the elevator. They're really heavy and difficult to open because they swing out. SO I have to do this little thing where I literally hang on the door as I open it and then slide my walker back. Don't know how long it will actually take for them to put it in, but hopefully soon. Right now, I have to get people to open up the door, either that or strain myself unnecessarily.

That's about it for now. Must rest I think.
 
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From:unsilenceddream
Date:September 13th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)

Where's Plan B?

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I was just wondering where Plan B was...in the event that Plan A doesn't work or something. I know all about annoying, non-flexible professors, and they're definitely annoying and...well...non-flexible. :P
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From:djner
Date:September 14th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)

Re: Where's Plan B?

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That's the thing, Plan B has yet to be determined. Its really freaking annoying, and hard to deal with because not knowing is a hard thing to be up against.
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From:mathgoddess
Date:September 13th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC)

Advanced Applied

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I've been sickly for a few days, but I am in your Advacend Applied class. Let me know if I can do anything to help w/ studying or whatever. I'm still trying to get caught up. Hope to be back in class Wednesday. :)
What is this week's assignment, btw?
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From:djner
Date:September 14th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)

Re: Advanced Applied

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Any help in that class would be greatly appreciated, most definitely. I must get your contact info some time in class. here's the assignment, the hell that it is. Have fun with Fourier Series, they suck with a capital s

Due on Friday P. 44 1 2 4 5 8 and 17
and P. 501 1 2 and 3
That's all due on Friday :((((((((((((.
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From:falcon13
Date:September 14th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
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This guy needs some 'sensitivity training'! Does U. Arkansas have a person or department that deals with so-called disadvantaged students -- sort of an ombudsman between the student and the rest of the school, including professors.

I hope you can demonstrate to him the complexity of getting your results into a format the professor can accept. Somehow you're going to need to get hold of a fellow student who understands math terminology and can reliably take your dictation.

If all else fails, we'll call in someone from the New Jersey Soprano family to 'reason' with this person.

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From:djner
Date:September 14th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
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Its not that he's "insensitive". He understands that he has got to do something just doesn't know how o do it. Yesterday we went to the disabilities office for the university and that's how we "resolved" the situation at least for a bit that is. Hopefully I'll know something by the end of the week, if I live through this week that is. Thanks so much for your support.
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From:falcon13
Date:September 14th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC)

good work!

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Souns like you have at least laid the ground work for reasonable treatment as a student in this person's class.

Keep on plugging!

paul
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From:djner
Date:September 14th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)

Re: good work!

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All I can do is keep plugging on in that class, physical chemistry was a problem today, will write about it here in a minute.

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