Something I do not recommend

by beagooddad on February 17, 2010

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I decided to double up on classes this spring. I am taking MAT415 (Advanced Calculus) and MAT421 (Statistical Methods).

Here is the description of the statistical methods class:

Introductory course for statistical analysis techniques. Topics may include review of basic statistics, multiple linear regression, analysis of enumerative data, analysis of variance, multiple comparisons, design of experiments, and analysis of covariance. Additional topics may be chosen from principal components, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, and nonparametric tests.

And here is what we are going to do in the advanced calculus class:

  • Advanced technique in Calculus; including a section on Fourier Series
  • Functions of several variables
  • Vector calculus/Analysis
  • Integral calculus of functions of several variables
  • Integral Theorems (Green’s Theorem, Stoke’s Theorem, the Divergence Theorem; with proofs)
  • Gamma functions
  • Partial differential equations and applications (it time permits)

I’m loving the math!

My company had an "economic adjustment" last month that cause a bunch of our people to start looking for new employment. I was one of the people who made the cut and inherited a really badly managed project. So, I’m working about 50-60 hours a week until I get get it all sorted out.

The projects have me doing a few things that I either haven’t done before or don’t get to do very often. I love when I’m not just pounding out the same kind of work over and over so that’s kind of neat.

I’m also working on 5 work orders for 3 different clients at work. I am a really good singletasker and an absolutely horrible multitasker and frequently forget which client I’m supposed to say I’m working for when I am on the phone. I really need to get better at juggling projects, so this is a good experience, too.

If you are ever in the position to take two fun 400 level math classes while being married and raising 3 kids while working 50-60 hours a week at projects that are both interesting and that give you the chance to improve your multitaksing, I recommend that you not do it. It’s not as fun as it sounds.

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