|[cm3110-l] Help with CM3110: please make
||Thursday, November 03, 2011
Good morning class,
Just a reminder, the TA has office hours by appointment.
The best preparation for the final (and Exam 4) is to work through
If you are having some difficulty, I recommend that you work
problems and make an appointment to see the TA to get some feedback on
To study in engineering, here is my suggestion: use the worked
in the texts as "tests," that is, try to do the problems without
at the solution. Reading through the solution is not the same as
the problem as a "test". If you read through a problem, you have
it done, but you have never faced those critical moments when it is
to decide what to do next. It's like watching snowboarding on TV
then going to the top of Mt. Ripley because you "know how to
I think we all agree that watching it done by an expert is not
same as doing it, although it's a way to start. After watching it
(lecture) the best next step is to try easy problems on your own (snow
on a gentle hill, fall, get up, try again), and then gradually work
way through harder problems.
I recommend the following approach. Look at the problem but cover
up the solution. Do the problem. If you can do it,
If you cannot, peek at the solution, but don't read the whole thing.
see what critical next step you're missing. Go back to solving
problem without looking. Keep doing this until you are done with
problem. If you had to peek, put the problem away and do it again the
day. Do this over and over again with the same problem until you
not need to peek to do that problem.
Imagine if one had followed this path for Exam 3 preparation.
you would have done the pressure-driven flow in a tube problem a few
Maybe you would have done the U-bend problem a few times.
a preparation would have given a very good result on the exam.
if the problems you practice are not on the exam, you would still have
well because you would have practiced figuring out what the next step
That's what we're trying to learn.
Again, please make use of the TA's office hours. The TA is very
and can help you learn how to problem solve in transport. My
hours are as usual: http://www.chem.mtu.edu/%7Efmorriso/office_hours.html. I am also happy to help, but
there's a line.