That wasn’t too bad now was it!? I write this post from Pittsburgh, a city that I have a few other names for that I will let your imagination figure out. It’s also a miracle that I haven’t fallen off of any of the 4000 bridges here in the hour or so after I’ve arrived. Bridges have been in the news lately, mainly the PA Turnpike Delaware River Bridge for failing, or if you are in Linear or CAD then the news involved truss-matrix formations.
All in all, I felt very confident going into this exam. I completed the entire review over the week, and that translated very well for me while taking the test. What have I learned so far? Well for one, that setting up problems is still a mental roadblock for me. Not like it used to be in say, Differential Equations, but still, I believe that I take too long to follow that particular process. I think I aced that problem on the test though, so like I said, I’m still improving.
I would have to say that I was most surprised at Dr. Ferrar’s approach to the course. When he brought up that first day of class, that “we rescued this course from the math department and I don’t intend on teaching you much theory,” I was exhilarated. I was even more surprised when he stuck to that philosophy, and I feel like I have learned much more because of that.
As I mentioned above, it has been a challenge to conceptualize problems in the approach that Dr. Ferrar takes, but I am still improving and it honestly has helped me greatly. It is more about changing the way you think, and in the long run that is much more beneficial than the traditional “plug and chug” method.
My favorite topic? The truss matrices! Good lord, where were these things when I was taking Statics!? It is funny to think of how “Stupid” I was back then, knowing what I do now. When I’m walking around on 4000 Pittsburgh bridges this weekend, I will undoubtedly ponder two thoughts…
1.) What is the size of this bridge’s truss matrix, and
2.) How the hell aren’t people constantly drowning with all of these bridges everywhere!?
…and maybe, where is Bane.
Thanks for reading,