Hamman’s Study Diary

May 8, 2007

End of Spring 2007!

Filed under: CIV 211, CSC 213, MAT 211, PHY 106, SEN 261, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 2:44 pm

run “SPRING 2007  -terminate”

“The semester, she has ended”!

I just completed my last exam on Physics, and this marks the end of my semester. I hope to be more consistent in blogging my next semester here… Until then…

“Good night out there, whatever you are”


April 2, 2007

Last week Friday…

Filed under: MAT 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:02 pm

Internet was down, so I couldn’t post Friday’s stuff…

We started section 6 of chapter 14

  • Directional derivatives
  • Gradients

March 29, 2007

More Mongols and the Ottomans too!

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 5:58 pm

We continued on the Mongols and how they were eventually subject to an over-stretched empire. We concluded the day’s lecture with the beginnings of the Ottoman empire…

March 28, 2007

Review and Relations

Filed under: CSC 213, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 6:06 pm

We went over the topics from last lecuture…

  • Product sets
  • Applications of ordered n-tuples
  • Partitions

We also were introduced to what will form the core of the “Database Systems” course coming up in later semesters : using sets to represent relational databases.
Then we started on the topic of the day, Relations. Here, we looked at domains and ranges, and some theorems on ranges.

“Sentence first, verdict afterwards”

Filed under: SEN 261, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 5:56 pm

When Alice is tried by the Queen of Hearts, the Queen declares a change of judicial procedures, “sentence first, verdict afterwards!”*

In XP, we were introduced to the concept of testing-first, coding-afterwards. Today we learnt the real details of how to do this.

*Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll/ Walt Disney Pictures

Test yesterday

Filed under: MAT 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:05 pm

It didn’t go well 😦

March 27, 2007

Chapter 20 begins here…

Filed under: PHY 106, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 1:34 pm

We start off chapter 20 on the kinetic theory of gases. Today, we derived an expression for the root-mean square velocity of gas molecules wrt temperature, molar mass, and the Boltzman’s constant.

Root-mean square velocity

Then we derived an expression for the average kinetic energy of a gas solely in terms of the Boltzman constant and temperature, thereby proving that “temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy of gas molecules”

Kinetic energy

Reading assignments were for 20.7 to 20.10

March 26, 2007

Relations and Digraphs

Filed under: CSC 213, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 6:35 pm

After completing our topic on recurrance relations (with linear non-homogeneous recurrance relations), we got into a new topic, Relations and Digraphs.

Here, we looked into…

  • Binary relations
  • Cartesian products

Test done!

Filed under: SEN 261, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 3:32 pm

My fingers are still aching from writing fast! The test was an hour long, and I had to rush to complete all five of the essay questions. Well, this is done, and now I have to concentrate on my open-topic CIV essay titled “Exploring Middle Eastern History in the Hexateuch”

The Mongols

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:34 pm

We started the lecture by learning about the futawwas and how they related to Nasir, the khalifah who wanted to be sultan.

The invasion of the Mongols marks the end of the Khalifah era, and the start of the Mongol rule over the Islamic territories around the late 1200s. We made some comparisons between the Mongol armies and rule with the Islamic armies when they had come in.

We also looked into how the Mongols converted to Islam and how they integrated their own laws of the Yasa into the Shariah.

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