Notes From a Sophomore Engineering Major
I mentioned that a couple of weekends ago, Juliette and I spent some time cleaning out our office closet. Archaeologists will tell you that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is to look through their garbage, and so it is with the pile of junk I unearthed from that closet.
One of the items I discovered was a partitioned notebook from my sophomore year of college, containing notes from several classes I took that year. I think it's pretty illustrative.
From my Electricity and Magnetism class:
ρ creates divergence in an E field.
spherical conductor w/ cavity outside sphere: looks like point chage.
charge in cavity induces a – charge along cavity walls which induces a + charge uniformly around outside of sphere.
From my Intro to Biology class:
- lack of resources
- increased predation
- # offspring/female decreases since less females survive to breed.
From my Intro to Systems Engineering class:
I-order systems ( x′ + 1/τ x = f(t) ) have 1 descriptor (τ) & exponential behavior, step-response
II-order systems look like x′′ + a0x′ + a1x = f(t) but we can write them as x′′ + 2ζωx′ + ωnx = f(t)
2 descriptors: ζ and ωn
And, finally, from my 18th-Century Western Philosophy class:
My comment is not terribly pertinent to the discussion, but...
TALK FASTER GOD DAMNIT!!!!!!
HA HA HA! Not THIS swan!
Are you saying it's a waste of horse not to eat old horses?
It's called schizophrenia.
You better not piss off the sun god.
Get your fuckin' hand off my mother-fuckin' taco!
That last sentence was on a page with what appears to be a shopping list for the communal bar my roommates and I kept stocked.
I guess the takeaway here is that it's a good thing I wasn't a philosophy major.