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Old Sep 13 2006, 11:50 AM   #1
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Picture the scene.

You read a thread on a board somewhere, on a somewhat controversial/inflammatory theme. You spend the best part of an hour writing, Like, teh Bestest Reply EVAR!!11!!...

...and the board's server goes down.

Is that a sign, from the internet powers-that-be, that you really, really need to think twice before posting that post?

What would YOU do?

Wait patiently before posting anyway as soon as everything's working again. Or thank your lucky stars for your narrow escape?

What other internet omens have you noticed?
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Old Sep 13 2006, 11:54 AM   #2
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I get time-outs when I'm supposed to be working
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Old Sep 13 2006, 11:58 AM   #3
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Oh. That.

I'm kind of working... been buying new textbooks for PHY104, and I didn't have a lunch break today...
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Old Sep 13 2006, 01:34 PM   #4
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What does PHY104 entail then? (totally off the topic)
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Old Sep 14 2006, 07:00 AM   #5
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I would curse myself for not having it done in word. And then I would press the back button hoping to bring up my reply to thread screen from a cache somewhere with my wonderful words of wisdom and cut, paste and save into word.

Otherwise I would just give up and go for lunch.
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Apo - "Builds on PHY111 to provide a more quantitative approach to key aspects of astrophysics: thermal radiation, the formation of spectral lines, the internal structure of stars, and applications of Newtonian gravity to astrophysical systems such as binary stars."

Clamball - I hit back on my browser, and e-mailed it to myself. Then I thought better of replying for a few hours, before revising the post and wading in anyway...
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Old Sep 14 2006, 10:38 AM   #7
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And a wonderful job you did too PHY### sounds far more interesting than what I have to read for my job!
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The numbering system your uni uses for courses is entirely different than is typical in the US. I would have guessed PHY1xx would be a low-level course, 2XX would be intermediate, and 3 or 4XX would be advanced.

Do you start with much lower numbers (ie not three digit ones) for lower level course, or are the numbers not designed to offer any clue as to the level of the material covered?
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Old Sep 14 2006, 12:14 PM   #9
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The numbering system your uni uses for courses is entirely different than is typical in the US. I would have guessed PHY1xx would be a low-level course, 2XX would be intermediate, and 3 or 4XX would be advanced.

Do you start with much lower numbers (ie not three digit ones) for lower level course, or are the numbers not designed to offer any clue as to the level of the material covered?
Yeah, it doesn't really make much sense for 104 to follow on from 111, does it? I guess 111 must have begun life as 101 many, many decades ago... the numbering is now pretty arbitrary!

But yeah, both 104 and 111 are fairly low level, 1st-year courses. 111 is less mathematical, and designed to be more appropriate for the non-scientists who suddenly decide they absolutely must do an astronomy module...

Later this term, I get to write an exam paper!

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Normally the first number designates year of study: like in my first year I did HR100, HR101, GV100 etc but this year, my courses start with HR9-- for some reason!
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Yeah, it doesn't really make much sense for 104 to follow on from 111, does it? I guess 111 must have begun life as 101 many, many decades ago... the numbering is now pretty arbitrary!

But yeah, both 104 and 111 are fairly low level, 1st-year courses. 111 is less mathematical, and designed to be more appropriate for the non-scientists who suddenly decide they absolutely must do an astronomy module...

Later this term, I get to write an exam paper!

hmmm....
now what school of exam paper do you follow...
the
Make it so you can answer some of the question even if you forget the derivation
the
Make them derive it-or else!
or the
oh, let's just change the question from last year
school.

My course goe PH10 for foundation year
ph1? for 1st
ph2 for 2nd
ph3 for 3rd
and phm for mphys stuff.
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Kath, you're an evil, evil woman!
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Old Sep 14 2006, 04:04 PM   #13
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What have I done now!

:innocent:

[seriously, I'm a little confuzzled...]


As for the exam paper, well, it'll follow the usual format, but obviously I can't provide details!

40% will be mandatory, fairly short questions, about the stuff they really should know if they deserve to pass the course. The other 60% will be 4 in-depth questions, of which they have to choose 2. But I've got a lot of work to do preparing the whole thing!
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You haven't done anything yet... it's just the smilie I see when you plan the paper!
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I copy everything before posting, because several times it has happened to me. That way I can send it to myself via email and await the server to rise again.
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To answer the original post...

if it was on godawful.net, then I would think it was business as usual.
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If you've not visited GAFF recently, drop by the updates page (NOT the main board) for some news. The Site Guru has returned from dealing with RL issues, and is in the process of a major troll-nuking cleanup, upgrade and move.
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I would write it in word first, but that's just me
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