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Transportation: Activated

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been a while since I last posted on here. I have been studying, although nowhere near as much as I should have. This, hopefully, should change starting from tomorrow.

I have purchased… wait for it… a bicycle! For a staggering £25.00 I bought a mountain bike that is sized for a 14-16 year old, which is a little too small for me but this was all my budget could afford (I do somewhat resemble a clown on a small bike). This will allow me to start going to the bigger and better library that is open 6 days a week and has a much better selection of physics and math books! I am yet to time how long the journey will take one way, but right now I am guessing around 30 minutes, which is in my opinion a very good workout.

Speaking of the library, I will be studying there for the majority of the winter sunlight hours (\pm 10am to 5pm or 7pm depending on that days closing time). This brings up a new challenge; lunch. I will have to prepare something to eat while I am there. It has to be cheap, filling and able to survive the journey there (and perhaps a little heat). Right now I am testing baguette as they are cheap, filling and can be made to taste different with different fillings.

Other than that, I am a fair bit behind where I should be in my study schedule, but I am hoping that this new plan will correct that in a very short amount of time.

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LaTeX Typesetting

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

For those who do not know, I decided to make this post.

LaTeX (often written as \LaTeX) is a professional-grade mathematical typeset used in most academic papers. It is also used on most websites and forums, including wordpress.com.

To include an equation in LaTeX is easy and simple, all that you need to do is use the tags:
$ latex equation $ (without the space between the $ and latex)

An example of LaTeX in action:

x={-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}  (Quadratic formula)

The code for the above example is “x={-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}” which you can also check by hovering your mouse over the image and the tool-tip will give you the code used to generate the image.

As you can see, it is a very useful tool to have. It makes explaining things on forums and websites much, much easier.

Some basic tutorials to start with:
http://www.andy-roberts.net/writing/latex/mathematics_1
http://www.andy-roberts.net/writing/latex/mathematics_2

And here is a list of the codes that can be used:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Displaying_a_formula

Back on Track. Again.

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

My apologies to whomever reads this blog, my Grandmother stayed a lot longer than expected. What I thought was a weekend turned out to be nearly two whole weeks!

While I thoroughly enjoyed her company (as it has been some time since she has visited), it did unfortunately put studying on halt and any other activity that I do. I did, on occasion, try to study but I either felt guilty not spending time with her or there was too much happening in the house to concentrate properly.

However she has now returned home and I have some serious catching up to do. Not only that, but I need to refresh on everything I have learnt up till now because I seem to have forgotten some important bit and pieces (too much Star Trek and not enough revision hehe). I have a little under a month left before MST121 officially starts and I wish to be as prepared as I can.

On that note, I am about to start Linear Algebra (I still have not started Trigonometry I know…) and will move through it as quick as possible (I still have distractions at home that I am only beginning to learn how to handle).

On my next blog post, I will start going through a few documentaries that I suggest watching 🙂