Posted on May 24, 2018
A list of all my classes during my freshman year.
This class was one of my favorites. It is the second part of the object oriented curriculum, where we went into data structures such as heaps, maps, and linked lists. we even made our own singly linked lists. the class also covered more advanced topics such as efficiency and threading.
This was the first of the colloquiums in my scholars program. The topic of this program is the changing of the world, and how Global climate change is occuring. However, this first semester's class was mostly discussion of the scientific method, the hypothetico-deductive method. we also covered some basic geology.
English 101 was a fairly relaxing class compared to several others. I had to write several essays, and due to prior experience found them not that difficult to write. I also enjoyed this class because the teacher was kind, and had us look at each others essays to proof read them.
This was an interesting class. It was an economics class that did not have equations, rather it was about using common sense for economics. we explored interesting economics problems, like the monty hall problem. I enjoyed the class because it made me think about economics differently.
This was the most difficult course I took all semester. Calculus 2 is a large step up from Calculus 1 because it contains so much more. It has trigonometric identities, sequences and series, imaginary numbers as graphs, and taylor polynomials and expansions. Although I learned a great deal from this, I did not enjoy the class because so much had to be taught in such a short period of time.
This was an interesting class, though I enjoyed it, I feel as though it contained too much. Included in the curriculum was Unix, C, Emacs, AVR Assembly, Processes and Shells, and Threading in C. Most people use DOS based systems like Windows, those who use Mac, an Unix system, often use the gui, we were sshing into a Linux server, which was vastly different from what most people had done. C is also vastly different than any language I have worked with before. It is not object oriented, and it contains pointers, which are new to me. I found it interesting and enjoyed learning it. There was also learning how to use Emacs, sadly we did not cover M-x butterfly. Like C, AVR Assembly was different. It was a new experience for me, learning to tell the computer exactly what to do, manipulating memory in registers, and ensuring the carry bit was accounted for. Processes and threads are also similar, but they were interesting to learn about.
This course has an interesting premise, it is looking at math using logic. We used a great deal of proofs, both direct and indirect, we used induction, several different types, and we used logic gates to design and learn about binary adders. Even though I learned a great deal, I found the class difficult both because of the chaos in the classroom, and difficulty grasping a few of the concepts.
This was the second of the colloquiums in my scholars program. This second semester covered the changing of the world and how climate change works. we also covered the causes of climate change.
This course was interesting for me, I learned about religoins in Babylon, Akkadia, and other ancient civilizations in the middle east. We read the epic of Gilgamesh, the Ba'lu Myth cycle, Atrahasis, and several other ancient texts of note.
This was introduction sto statistics for mathematicians and engineers, not the business version which is why it is a 400 level course. I did not enjoy this course much, the lecturer did not do a very good job with lectures, the discussion sections were not very helpful. however, the textbook and online resources made everything more easily understandable.
My first year at the University of Maryland was interesting, I made several friends this year, gained a great deal of expereince with living on my own. I enjoyed the year overall, even though I probably procrastinated overly much.