Another quarter done! The last day of my English/Humanities class was last Friday, and I had my Algebra final this morning. Amusingly, I’m actually feeling cautiously optimistic about the Math test — rather than being a comprehensive test, it was just over the last couple weeks of class. Those last couple weeks were covering the basics of Trigonometry and, rather surprisingly, I was actually catching on to Trig far better than I had some of the earlier stuff we’d covered.
I never could beat all the right equations for circles, ellipses, hyperbolas and the rest into my head, but for some reason, all the equations we worked with for sines, cosines, and tangents actually stuck. It helped a lot when I found a couple mnemonics for the basic trig functions — both ‘SOHCAHTOA’ (pronounced like it’s spelled, for Sin = Opp / Hyp, Cos = Adj / Hyp and Tan = Opp / Adj) and ‘Oh hell, another hour of algebra’ (since sine, cosine, and tangent are always referred to in that order, this phrase maps to [Sin] Opp / Hyp, [Cos] Adj / Hyp and [Tan] Opp / Adj) helped me keep those straight in my head. As for why or how I was able to keep the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines in my skull, I haven’t got a clue. Even the introductions to radian measure managed to avoid fading into obscurity before I needed to use them.
So, I’m hoping that once grades come out, I’ll end up with a solid A and B in Eng/Hum and Mat, respectively.
On that note, though, I did recently realize something that was a pleasant surprise, and I’ve meant to
brag about mention to my parents. I double-checked my grades to date (not including this quarter), and found this…
TUE, MAR 20, 2007 NORTH SEATTLE COMM. COLL. UNOFFICIAL STUDENT TRANSCRIPT HANSCOM MICHAEL D ----- --------- --- --- SEATTLE WA 98--- TERM COURSE ID -------- TITLE -------- GRADE CREDITS WIN06 ENG 101 COMPOSITION 4.0 5.0 MAT 097 ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA S 5.0 Qtrly: Gpa Cr 5.0 Cr Earn 10.0 P/S Cr 5.0 Grpts 20.0 GPA 4.00 SPR06 MAT 098 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA 2.9 5.0 MUS 113 MUSIC IN THE U.S. 3.9 5.0 Qtrly: Gpa Cr 10.0 Cr Earn 10.0 P/S Cr 0.0 Grpts 34.0 GPA 3.40 FAL06 CSC 110 INTRO TO CMPTR PROGMING 4.0 5.0 ENG 102 COMPOSITION 4.0 5.0 HIS 101 WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 3.7 5.0 Qtrly: Gpa Cr 15.0 Cr Earn 15.0 P/S Cr 0.0 Grpts 58.5 GPA 3.90 VICE PRESIDENT/DEAN'S LIST Cum: Gpa Cr 30.0 Cr Earn 35.0 P/S Cr 5.0 Grpts 112.5 GPA 3.75 Clvl: Gpa Cr 25.0 Cr Earn 25.0 P/S Cr 0.0 Grpts 98.0 GPA 3.92
See that bit, third line from the bottom? I made the Dean’s list! Okay, so for many people this wouldn’t be a big thing, but while I’ve never doubted that I’ve got a couple brain cells to rub together, good grades have never been a common occurrence in my life (something about having a disturbing tendency to ‘forget’ to do my homework during my high school years…).
I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep that up — as I said, I’m hoping for a B in my math class, so my GPA may very well drop a bit — but at least so far, I’m not doing too shabbily. Yay me!