One of my lecturers has an interesting policy regarding assignments: the lowest anybody can score is a 5/15, even if they do nothing

Of course those 10 remaining marks from each of the two assignments still can make or break a grade

Curious as to how he came up with this policy at all

Surprisingly I've only been asked once so far to do some mental arithmetic on the spot because they know I "study "

Superficial speculation here, but do you think departments seem to attract more students than others? Just a personal observation here that I've encountered several course mates that I suspect have , but not so much when I attended modules outside my faculty...

To be fair though, I've not taken nearly as many non-science modules as science ones, so it could be sampling bias at work here

I like how this current lecturer handwrites \(\lim\) as a drastically reduced form of a looped L with a side dot

Someone pointed out that 2019 will be the last "teen" year of this century, a fact that's probably not appreciated as much as it could be

Also means that those born in 2000 are in their last teen years too

The primality/reducibility of the coming year usually seems like a common question, so for the record:

2019 isn't a prime, but 2019 = 3 * 673, a much sparser prime factorisation compared to its neighbours

Also I just caught the QI Christmas Special this year and got pleasantly surprised by Katie Steckle's appearance, following The Festival of the Spoken Nerds a few years back

Totally all for more appearances of mathematicians + scientists on panel shows

\[r^2 = \log \left(\frac{X}{m} - as\right) - \log y\]

Just realized that for one of the test questions that asked for R code, my autopilot brain accidentally slipped into Python mode for some parts. Oops.

Wrapping up this semester's finals today!

A bit tempted to poke around some of this year's the rest of the month,

Thank goodness I can use LaTeX to churn out my help sheets for the finals

No way I'd be able to handwrite that much material neat enough to refer to properly during the tests, especially when it involves code snippets

(Catur) + (Matematik) = Caturmatik: a for Orang Asli children, engaging in the chess fever in the region, is using modified chess boards to train their students in mental arithmetic

sg.news.yahoo.com/fun-math-cat

Feels a little dirty that the coding bit of my project ended up involving lots of rapid cycling between searching R documentation and looking up StackExchange R questions

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