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Old 07-05-2018, 05:29 PM   #36
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Thermodynamics a blast from the past. I remember waiting outside in the hall sitting on the floor as my boyfriend, now husband, took this class. I had four takeaways from this.

1- The class sounded amazing!
2- The teacher was no joke
3- I am glad I did not have to take this class. LOL
4- I felt horrible for the students.

My physics instructor sounds like your teacher. He would come in with shirt half tucked, come in with a comb in his hair, he would come in late, some days he never came in, other days come in with food to eat as he taught. Snaggle tooth Ragland is what students called him. LOL Oh my gosh you invoked that memory. Haha

My third year of college is when I decided to change my major to Chemistry. I was told that would mean an extra year of school. And like I wrote earlier that to me was not an option. I was not going to take on that financial added burden. So I took 20-22 credit hours for six straight semesters two of which were during the summer and did this while working a job plus work study.

For us Chemistry and Physics were one department and that is why we knew who was who. I did graduate on time and in fact graduated the top of my department. However if I had to take Thermo I am not sure I would be able to make that claim. I guess since I did not have to take it my fascination for it was not squashed.

The Physics department was small and like you small classes for the major classes. But where we were different in this and that when it came to math that common bond was there.

The last year my classes normally had a half dozen since Organic Chem, a bitch of a class, the Calculus, and Analytical Chem would weed out some of my classmates. And that came in handy for lab work we could do it at the assigned time or come when we were able to come.

Again, loved your post shugs.from my geek to another. Plus will have to pass on what you said about Therrmo to hubby. LOL. The little bit of Thermo I had to take was very interesting.
I accept that I'm not "normal"

In fact, for years I had a key chain that said "Why be normal".

That being said, I don't understand the "fear" associated with Thermodynamics.

I also don't understand why many people have such a challenge with geography trivia questions, but I digress.

As a Physics major, I was required to be in the pool for tutors.

At first I was horrible at it. For me some of the concepts was 1+1 =2, and I had no idea how someone couldn't grasp that.

One of my professors, paraphrased a quote variously attributed to Einstein or Feynman.

"if you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."


Regardless who said it, there's a good deal of wisdom in that statement.

Analogy is the essence of explanation, and if one can't find an effective analogy for one's audience, then one doesn't really grasp the topic.

Once I accepted that, I was a much better tutor.

Hell, I even got a jock to understand Special Relativity and the Lorentz Transformations.

All that required was that he know the Pythagorean Theorem.

If you're really nice, I just might explain it to you.
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