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The Silence Before the Storm

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Not a lot has happened these past few days. I have had a confirmation that my application has been received and “processed” and that I should be contacted by someone from the admissions department soon. I was hoping for that to be done by this week, but I have given up hope on that and expect it to be next week sometime (can’t blame anyone though, it is exam time).

From here it is really a game of waiting and patience (something which I do not have in great supply right now as all I wish to do is start already). I will only begin studying and revising high/secondary school mathematics once I am officially enrolled and have paid (or been awarded financial support).

For now I have just started reading “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking (the 1995 paperback edition). It’s just one of those books you have to read at some point. I have also bought a magazine of NewScientist just to get my interest and motivation up a little more.

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iTunes U – Find of the week!

June 21, 2011 1 comment

For some reason, I have only discovered this now (I don’t usually use iTunes for much else other than internet radio usually). Apple has something called “iTunes U” where universities can place free lectures and education materials. Obviously for me, the Mathematics and Science subjects were what I sought after first. They are all free to download it seems and they go lightning fast too! The quality of the videos are ok, but the quality of the material is priceless.

I would highly suggest anyone with even an interest in learning anything take a look at the website and the amazing amount of subjects on offer. Although I think you need to have Apple’s iTunes installed (lucky it is multi-platform)!

Once I have found which ones are best to get (The Open University ones are rather short in comparison to those from say MIT or Stanford) I will post the list here as to save you some time.

http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

Research Assistant Returns!

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Rocko the Reasearch AssistantI am so very happy to say that I have finally gotten my research assistant back (photo left)!

Rocko has been away for 6 months (although it seems more like four years) at CERN looking for the higgs boson but to no avail. Perhaps a tin of beef flavour meat and a good scratch will cheer him up a little.

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The Next Two Years

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

As it stands now this is how my next two years should progress. It will be a long and tedious two years no doubt as not only do I want to merely pass these modules, I want to pass them with at least 70%! This will enable me to go for a MPhys course as apposed to a regular BSc.

From October 2011 (this year) I will study the following modules at The Open University:

  • MST121 – Using Mathematics.
  • MS221 – Exploring Mathematics.
  • SXR103 – Practising Science (Only July 16th next year).

From October 2012 (next year) I will study the following modules at The Open University:

  • S207 – The Physical World.
  • S288 – Practical Science (Very little information available on this new course).

After the modules have been completed (and passed) I will transfer to Lancaster University and choose from one of their courses on offer.

So year one is nearly pure math while year two is nearly pure science. I have been told by one of the professors that by the end of year two, my science should be slightly ahead of a year one student at a red-brick university while math will be slightly behind.

For those interested, the whole degree structure is called 2plus2. It is a scheme that The Open University has with a few other regular red-brick universities. For more information, please visit:
http://www.open.ac.uk/2plus2/ 

Casual Start

June 17, 2011 1 comment

This is the first post of many that, amongst many other things, will be the place that I share my journey into physics to those whom are interested.

Now, to introduce myself so that you know where I am in regards to achieving this goal.

I will have soon registered at The Open University and will shortly begin studying math and science (I am revising all of high/secondary school math and making sure that I have it mastered).

As some of you might know, The Open University is a correspondence university. My studies with them will last a whole two years before I move on to a good ‘ol red-brick university, which, in my case is more than likely Lancaster University. From there I will specialise in a particular field of physics. I am guessing theoretical physics, but my mind might change before I make the choice.

Now this is something I wish to make a career of as I am unhappy with the direction my life is currently heading (which to say the least isn’t going anywhere to be honest). So I will be aiming for my PhD so that I may enter into research. Groovy.

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