Thursday, December 20, 2007

MU120: CMA42

Yesterday, apart from getting my result for M359, I got the result for my MU120 CMA42 (computer marked assignment).  I scored 88% but today it is 92%.  It looks as though for one question there are 2 answers, not 1, and I have gained marks for correctly answering the question when previously it was marked incorrect.

Perhaps they can re-score my M359 exam, as an extra 4% will bump me up a grade.  LOL

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

M359: Was it worth it?

The results for M359 have just been released and I got a grade 3 (67%), this being my lowest grade over the 4 years that I have studied with the OU so far.  To say I am disappointed would be an understatement especially as I obtained an overall score for my assignments of 94% and spent a month revising for the exam.

I know I have an issue with exams but I strongly feel that the layout for the M359 exam had a detrimental effect on my final result.  This appears to be the opinion of a number of other students who also got high assignment scores but were let down by the exam.

With only 2 courses remaining I am still in with a chance of getting a 1st for my degree (according to the online degree classification calculator, Leningrad), it just means that I am going to have to work extra hard as I will require distinctions for both of the courses.  If I slip up on either I will probably end up with a 2.1 classification.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

M359: Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!

The course result for M359 should by available by the 14th Dec, and for previous years results have sometimes been released 1 or 2 days earlier.  So there I' am checking my student home page every hour to see if the result for M359 has been released when I notice "Your course result should be available by Friday 21 December 2007".  No explanations as to why, and I now have to wait an extra week.  As a fellow student pointed out, perhaps this is the final errata for the course, with the final results placed in an appendix at the end of our course record page.

Monday, December 10, 2007

MU120: Velocity, Speed & Acceleration

Having started Unit 11 "Movement" I have been struggling to get my head around velocity, and how it differs to speed and acceleration.  After having done some further research on the net I came across a web-site called The Physics Classroom which not only had an understandable lesson on "Speed and Velocity" but also some simple animations that clearly shows the difference.

Positive Velocity and Positive Acceleration

Observe that the object below moves in the positive direction with a changing velocity. An object which moves in the positive direction has a positive velocity. If the object is speeding up, then its acceleration vector is directed in the same direction as its motion (in this case, a positive acceleration). The "ticker tape" shows that each consecutive dot is not the same distance apart (i.e., a changing velocity). The position-time graph shows that the slope is changing (meaning a changing velocity) and positive (meaning a positive velocity). The velocity-time graph shows a line with a positive (upward) slope (meaning that there is a positive acceleration); the line is located in the positive region of the graph (corresponding to a positive velocity). The acceleration-time graph shows a horizontal line in the positive region of the graph (meaning a positive acceleration).


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Vote for JT on the 9th!

James Toseland, World Superbikes Champion 2007,  is one of the ten final contenders for this years "BBC Sports Personality of the Year" award. Vote for him on the 9th December.

James Toseland
Age: 27 Nationality: English
Sport: Motorcycling

2007 highlight: Second World Superbikes title

Toseland showed he loves life in the fast lane as he regained the World Superbikes title.

Reaching speeds of up to 200 miles an hour - he set the pace from the start in the 15 round championship.

The Honda rider won a race in each of the first five meetings, and treated home fans to a first career double at Brands Hatch.

After his second championship win, he moves to Moto GP in 2008.


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hmmm??? Good or Bad?

Having just seen via John Naughton's blog that you can rate the readability of a blog, I thought I would give it a go.

The result for my blog is:


Now this could be deemed as being good as you my audience must be an intelligent bunch of people to keep coming back and reading my blog.  On the other hand it could be bad, in other word's my English is dire and I am using to many technical terms.  Hmmm???