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This week we worked on VPython, Excel, and our marshmallow launcher projects. I did a lot of stuff this week that I was really unclear about what the final product should look like. That seems to be a theme in this class and while two weeks ago I was expecting that unknowing feeling to go away, I now expect that is part of the point and I should plan to deal with it for the next 5 weeks. The excitement of intellectual discovery has taken hold!
VPython was totally out of my realm of experience but it was a lot of fun. I have never written any kind of code and it was cool to see how some of it works. I think I got a lot from it. My ball and box came out the best but I did decide that I do not want to be a computer animator. I can’t imagine doing that all day; I would very likely throw a computer out a window in frustration.
My Excel work was ok. The problem I have with it is that I can’t always see what is going on in the cells and how they relate and it confuses me. The pencast was great because it got rid of a lot of that problem. My file looked like it should and I could do it again without issue.
My marshmallow launcher was a success I think. Logistically, it has had a few problems. For instance, it shoots marshmallows so far and fast that it’s almost impossible to track them with Loggerpro. However, it is a lot of fun and I will admit that we have played with it just for fun.
I like this approach to the math involved because it is breaking down all the components so that I can make more sense of them when they are put together. As much as I normally dislike Excel, the program highlighted some questions I had and cleared things up a bit.
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This guy is awesome. Ive never heard of him but I feel like I should have. The way he discribes quantum physics is great, the frirst minute and a half is the best part. I also like how he talks about reality and likens it to the 'cat in the box' senario.