Monthly Archives: October 2003

I was (almost) trapped in CCS for eternity


The algebra midterm was most interesting. I used every second of the time allowed. What happened after the exam was even more interesting. I had taken the exam in the CCS building since my room is way too distracting. I … Continue reading

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AlgebraFest 2003, Sessions 1 and 2


In the first session of AlgebraFest 2003, from 1 to 6, Jeff, Jon, and I got through Chapter 1 of Agboola’s notes and proved most of the important and difficult theorems such as the Isomorphism Theorems, Cayley’s Theorem, the Class … Continue reading

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Sometimes computers are evil. I tried to use my computer in the evening, and it was running horribly slowly, so I decided it would be a good idea to reboot. Neither half of the reboot was successful. After it failed … Continue reading

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I feel that now would be a good time to discuss the nature of the overused saying “Good luck.” In my eyes, to wish someone good luck is to assume that that person is unprepared. A friend of mine wished … Continue reading

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Does everyone hate me?


Why did my roommate have to stay up until 3AM typing, printing, and just generally making loud noises when I was trying to sleep? How am I going to stay awake in my classes now?

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Ouch. My back has been causing me excruciating pain all day. When someone has had severe back pains reguarly for the past 20 months, I think that’s a sign that something is very wrong. It hasn’t been this bad for … Continue reading

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Grid problem (or nonintersecting rook path problem)


Someone in Intermediate Counting posed the following problem as a generalization of a class problem: Given an m by n grid, how many ways are there to get from one corner to the diagonally opposite corner moving horizontally and vertically … Continue reading

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