**Posted** on 2006.12.10 at 20:29
**Current Location:** Macbride Hall, Iowa City, IA
**Current Mood:** wrap
**Current Music:** blah...blah...blah
My review session today sucked. My students laughed at my drawing of a velociraptor chasing me up a tree. But hey, at least they were able to calculate the tree's height based on the fact that at 20 ft away I estimated the angle of elevation to be 72 degrees. So I guess it was all worth it.

Annie would like me to mention that the guys are all leaving soon to go to Old Chicago. They are making fun of our blogs. :( They also turned down my suggestion that we play hide-and-seek in the office. I think it would be much better than studying for stoopid Algebra or writing a paper on algae.

Instead they are playing an extended version of rock-paper-scissors. Apparantly "lightning" beats "tree" but "monkey" beats "alien". That game is fun too.

Okay, working now.

:)

**Posted** on 2006.12.08 at 18:42
**Current Mood:** content
Weeee....my Bloomin' Algae talk went very well today. I even managed to stay within the time-limit. Also Stewart didn't find a single thing to complain about, which is a plus. Other than that, I've pretty much just floated through the day in a haze of tiredness. I did manage to stay awake for the entire 20 minutes of PDE's. Then Strohmer took the class out for coffee, so all was good.

Now I'm just waiting for the bus. Matt's coming tonight, and I'm looking forward to a few math-free hours before I have to hit the books again. I can't decide if I love or hate the 13-15 hour days during the week or two leading up to finals. It's such a struggle while it's happening, but it's fun to look back on. Ooo...gotta catch the bus!

**Posted** on 2006.12.07 at 23:24
**Current Location:** Iowa City, IA
**Current Mood:** chipper
Well, I give my talk an modeling harmful algal blooms tomorrow. So far I have four-ish slides done. Woot. It's going to be a late one!

I'm also sad cause it was my last day of teaching for the semester. I'm really going to miss those students! I guess I still have a review session with them. I should get them some candy...I like having the leftovers! :D

Things I have left to do this semester:

1) Continuous Models paper and final

2) PDE's final

3) Analysis final

4) Final grades for students

Well, that doesn't seem so bad. I hope.

Alright, enough stalling. I'm going back to work on my presentation. Ta!

**Posted** on 2006.12.05 at 20:48
**Current Location:** Macbride Hall, Iowa City, Ia
**Current Mood:** confused
**Current Music:** Something piano-y
The solutions to the pre-calc quiz from last week are:

1) 15/34

2a) 1/9

b) 1/12

3) 8 velociraptors

In other news, it was half-price pizza night at the Airliner. Yumm! $3 buys me three meals worth of pizza. The Greek pizza is the best!

Umm...Scott just suggested I talk about Dr. Strohmer. So here goes:

He's German. He teaches PDE's. On average he says "so far so good" 10 times per lecutre. Yeah, that's about it.

Okay, I'm going to go now. Bye.

**Posted** on 2006.11.30 at 19:59
**Current Mood:** groggy

Mmmm...I justed wasted a half-hour taking that quiz. On to analysis homework!

**Posted** on 2006.11.30 at 01:36
**Current Mood:** sleepy
Here's a quiz I'm printing for my pre-calc students:

1.A two card hand is drawn from a deck of 52 cards. What is the probability that at least one of the cards is a spade?

2. A pair of standard dice is rolled.

a) Find the probability that a sum of 5 is rolled.

b) Find the probability that a sum less than 4 is rolled.

3. Your arch-nemesis, Dr. Stupid, has caught you sneeking into his secret base. He has generously agreed to let you leave if you play a game of chance. You each flip a coin. If both coins are heads or both are tails, Dr. Stupid will not send a velociraptor after you. Otherwise, he will send 4 velociraptors after you. What are the expected number of velociraptors that will be chasing you from the base if you play the game 4 times?

(Don't ask me, I don't know why we are doing probability theory in pre-calculus.)

**Posted** on 2006.11.29 at 02:10
**Current Mood:** ditzy
The madness has begun again. Only two weeks till finals...except I already have two of them...and a presentation...and a paper. Yay.

So school has been fun and exciting and busy this semester. I've really enjoyed my classes. Well, except for those pesky analysis exams. The highlights of the semester have been applying for grad schools (I wanna do math biology or math ecology :D ), the trip to the UI Hydraulics Research Lab (I stole some marbles from their substrate...hehe), Hobo Day (Go Jacks!), and my students.

I've had super students this year. My two sections have actually been competing for the highest section averages on their exams...and they've beaten every other section by several percentage points. They are all so weird. I mean...undergraduates that actually WANT to learn?! That just doesn't happen. It's been the best teaching semester ever!

Well my algal blooms research has finished printing, so I should go get some sleep.

Salvete!

P.S. Don't swim with toxic algae...it can cause blindness, paralysis, or death...depending on the lenght of exposure of course. Just another important reason why you need math ecologist to model the growth of algae. :D

**Posted** on 2006.07.17 at 13:47
**Current Mood:** contemplative
So Matt and I were talking yesterday and we realized that we only have about 3 weeks left of summer break. Yuck. That means I only have 3 weeks till my first Qual. I think I want to vomit. :(

Anyway, last Saturday Matt and I went to Manilla, Manning, and Denison to look for an apartment for Matt(Because he only has 2-3 weeks before he needs to move. We didn't have a great deal of luck. We were only able to actually view one apt. and it was scary. I swear the whole thing was the size of my bathroom. It had three rooms...a kitchen/dining/living room (that was about the size of a modest 4 door car), a bedroom (that was so small I don't think you could actually fit a bed in it), and a bathroom (I'm not even going to go there).

Despite the poor luck, we did find some apt. complexes that looked promising. Matt's going to check those out next weekend.

Now I am sitting here in the Math Lab. It's been a very slow day in the lab. I suppose that's good though...I've actually gotten some work done. I've proven the first part of Sylow's Thm, refreshed my memory on the "famous" constructibility problems, and am now working on a Noetherian ring problem. Fun times. Tonight I'm going to head to the library to work on some topology. I don't have any problems to present for seminar this week, so I figure this is a good time to review all of the problems that have already been covered. Woot.

Well, I should go make a round of the lab. Stay cool!

**Posted** on 2006.06.21 at 13:14
**Current Location:** Maclean Hall, Iowa City
**Current Mood:** chipper
Well I'm back in the Lab. It is toasty warm in the building today. So here's the story...

Last week we all walked into MacLean to find a giant wooden box with unknown contents (and origins) sitting outside the main office. We decided it must be a Trojan Horse from some other department...like the Chemistry Dept. (Cause you know chemists are always trying to take over the world, and right now Mathematicians hold all the power.) So we decided to leave the Trojan Horse alone hoping the Chemistry ninjas would just starve to death if we didn't let them out.

Well, yesterday Mandi and I were walking down the hall just as a janitor guy pried open the top of the box. We were both thoroughly horrified until we realized there were no ninjas or the like spewing from the box. It turns out that the Trojan Horse is actually the new cold air exchanger for the building.

However I still think this is an evil plot by the Chemistry department, because the maintenance people say they "have" to turn off the A/C to put in the new exchanger. So now we have a building full of roasting Mathematicians. We could all DIE before they get the stupid thing working! Then the Chemistry ninjas could just walk in and take over.

In an effort to stave off this dark future, I'm doing as little homework as possible. This keeps me much cooler and less likely to die. So when the time comes I can defend the Math building with my knowledge of Tae Kwon Do, a handful of chalk, and the proof that there are infinitely many primes.

Wish me luck.

P.S. I baked bread last night. It is tasty and good. :o)

**Posted** on 2006.06.19 at 14:48
**Current Location:** Maclean Hall, Iowa City
**Current Mood:** amused
Well, today was the first day of summer session, and it started out with a bang. The Algebra TA, Oscar, e-mailed all of us with problems to do for today. Well, I had a busy weekend...moving Matt and celebrating with Sarah...so I didn't start my problem unitl last night. Then I got stuck on it. So I had to get up early to come in and get help...only to find out that the problem isn't due today after all. RRRRrrrr. Ah well, now it's done for Wednesday.

I'm now completing my 3 hour mathlab shift. Yay! I've been "teaching" Calculus for 2 and half hours. Let's see...we did some problems on integrating using partial fractions, some improper integrals, and a lot of reviewing of the rules of limits. So that' been my exciting day. Alrighty, I think I can leave now. See ya!

P.S. McGyver rocks!!!!