Hamman’s Study Diary

March 28, 2007

“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.

Chain rule

Filed under: MAT 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 8:11 am

Last week Friday, we revisited the chain rule from Calculus II, bu this time extending it to 2-D and 3-D. We also learnt about the use of diagramming techniques in getting out a chain rule for multivariate functions.

Transfer of heat :: Best lecture

Filed under: PHY 106, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 8:10 am

Last Friday, we had what I would rate as probably the most interesting lecture I have had in all my courses. And I can say that because I can still remember the conversations we had on heat, how low temperatures affect us, how heat is transferred, and some very practical talks on all of this. Generally, heat is not one of my favorite topics, but this lecture was just super! Dr. Jeff often “digresses”, and we even talked about relativity! I loved this lecture!

March 23, 2007

Practice exercises

Filed under: MAT 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 8:05 am

Yesterday, we did a lot of practice questions in class, very helpful for learning different techniques of solving 2-D and 3-D differentials. There was also some good news that the test coming up today will now take place on Tuesday!

March 22, 2007

From Seljuks to Mamluks

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 5:21 pm

We did take a detour into the Spanish crusades, and also a little reminder of the Almoravids from my African civilizations course. The main topic for today was the Sunni internationalization.

Speaking of detours, we also went into India, and a brief story of Iltumish (I had heard of this one in one Indian movie called “Razia Sultana”!), and today’s lecture was very broad, going from one region and culture to another. We did have our focus on the Mamluk dynasty before moving on to the Sansabanis.

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