Before I start this post again, I need to apologise for not updating for such a long time! I ended up being extremely busy these past 2 months, starting from exams which proved to be more stressful than usual, to then going to Ghana and Amsterdam for holiday this year :D But I have so much to tell you, and I feel that I have got time to sit down properly and talk about everything I want to properly :D
Firstly, I will get the topic of exams out of the way. As with most people, you have exams which you know you have down really well and others which after taking them you want to crawl under a log :( I was hoping that this would have not occurred for me, as I wanted to feel that after doing my exams I have a decent chance of making my Cambridge offer. I started on a really high start and I decided to retake unit 1 physics (for more UMS really) and that was a really good exam :D So me being me and thinking really positive, I was hoping that this high would have carried on throughout exam season (after 2 whole months of preparation which involved all-nighters, caffeine tablets and feeling like a zombie I did feel like I deserved for all my exams to go really well). Sadly, this was not the case as from that exam, everything went downhill from there. Really my biggest shock to the system was STEP. I had done questions and practice papers since I received my offer and I felt that I was prepared for anything. This was not what happened in real terms. When I saw the STEP II paper, I was like “Oh dear” However, getting through the paper further I ended up enjoying doing it, although I did wish that I was able to complete some solutions that I started only for time to by working against me. STEP III for me was a bitch, as I ended up panicking which resulted in me struggling. However, I didn’t have an epic fail as I was able to complete one full solution and a lot of part solutions so hopefully I have made the grade for that. Overall, STEP for everybody was not nice so it will be interesting when the results come out and when we see how people across the world ended up scoring. But there was a bright side to my exams this year, I feel that I have done really well in physics so hopefully A/A* :D But with results day being in about 2 and a half weeks, I have been panicking a bit but told myself that whatever happens, happens so I just hope that it will be a good day :) I really want to go to Emma!!!!
Moving from exams, I then went on my first holiday abroad to Ghana!! And I have to say, considering that I had a lot of misconceptions about the place, I had a brilliant time. There is one thing that I think I rather to Africa as opposed to the UK and European culture, I was opened with welcome arms even to complete strangers :p And it made me feel welcome into the country and into the family who most of them I have never seem before :D From being proper touristy, to actually going to more parties then the amount of fingers on my hand, I would defiantly go back when I have a chance to :) There is one thing that I won’t miss about the country though, and that is the mosquitos :p
While out there at the local museum, I ended up discovering a game that I played many years ago but thought I should get again; Oware.
The purpose of the game is simple; obtain the most amount of seeds at the end of the game. Most people who play it I found didn’t have a specific strategy but played it with the idea of chance. But looking into it a bit more, there is a lot of mathematics behind it, and I thought I would look into this a bit more. But oddly I ended going off on a bit of a tangent and I realised that it was something that I didn’t think about until getting the game. So we all know that we can create a general formula for the summation of all natural integers where we would start from the number 1. However, what got me thinking is there a general summation formula for all the triangle numbers (1, 3, 6, 10 etc.)? This I called pyramid numbers which made me think “Why didn’t I think of this before” So I spent my afternoon whilst in Ghana exploring this concept, asking myself questions such as “what general pattern I could see?”, “are there any strange but excited relationships?” After I decided to Google it, seeing if there are any links to what I had been observing (if you would like to call it that :p) It turns out the formula is this:
Which when I saw, cogs started working in my brain even more! I was like this is such a nice result for if you would like to call it, an awkward set of numbers. But it did make me tell myself that I am happy that I am doing a maths degree.
So me being me, I have to make sure that my maths never gets rusty!! So as well as doing prepacks set by different unis, I am reading this:
Now this is the first that I am reading a book written by Ian Stewart and although I don’t understand some of it (for example group theory) I am really enjoying it! Once I have finished it completely, I will do another blog entry about the book, so watch this space :p
In terms of non-mathematical things that I am currently doing, I am in the middle of completing Legend of Zelda twilight princess which is a brilliant game so once again well done Nintendo! I am also preparing for reading festival which is my first festival that I have ever been too, so really excited about that :D I also turned 18 the Friday that has just passed, so I can now go into a pub without being kicked out :p But the idea of uni is really exciting and I am really looking forward to it :D
And that brings me to the end of my entry (which is like 4 entries merged into 1 :p ) But I will try to update before I am off to Reading, so that I can tell you my updates including my book entry. So until again goodbye!! And I will end off with a joke that my friend wrote to me for my 18th:
Question: What is the difference between a PhD in mathematics and a large Pizza?
Answer: A large pizza can feed a family of four!!!!
Cya everyone :D