Help!

Jan. 26th, 2010 08:05 pm
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I am doing a presentation on student life and how it all works tomorrow, and for a start to the lesson I want to run a Family Fortunes-esque workshop on what people say when they're asked what their favourite part of university is or was.

To this end, I'd be very, very grateful, if you've got a minute, if you told me your answer to that question below. Comments are screened, but anything that isn't labelled "please don't unscreen this!" will be unscreened after I present it tomorrow.

Thanks very much, you guys!

D7

May. 4th, 2009 11:50 pm
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I bought a seven-sided die. I have rolled it many times and made a note of which numbers came up. How could I use that data to determine whether the die is fair or not? I have recollections, from my final years at school, of null hypotheses, but I can't remember how they work!

Any statisticians care to help me out?
johncoxon: (Sports Day)
Results are in less than eight hours. I really should actually stop panicking and get to sleep, but that plan isn't working very well at the moment.

Fire

Aug. 9th, 2007 07:47 pm
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The King's School, Peterborough - the school which I had the privilege of attending for the last seven years - was attacked by arsonists in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A Biology room was hit in the science block - two windows smashed, more damaged. There was CCTV above the room and only minor damage (smoke damage etc) to the contents of the room, thankfully. The BBC reported on the fire, as did the local newspaper. I heard about it from a friend at work who was at a party near the school on the night it happened. [BBC, The Evening Telegraph]

Hoodies

Jun. 14th, 2007 11:08 pm
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We each get to buy a King's School leaver's hoodie... anyone with any suggestions for stuff that would make a suitable slogan to whack onto the back? Failing anything good, I'll be going for "JOHN" but anything else would be gratefully appreciated. :)

Beer is my friend. :D

Reading

Jun. 9th, 2007 11:27 pm
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There is a part of The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod (in fact, p32-33 of the UK Orbit paperback) that explains one night stands (and my feelings about how they tend to work out) perfectly - but I'd worked out my reaction before I had it, whereas the character in the book seems not to anticipate it. He essentially feels jealous when she starts to see someone else, and the line "another level of my awareness was congratulating myself on being sufficiently stoical and self-understanding to understand that this was a straightforward primate emotion which would pass," really got me. As Hector says in Alan Bennett's The History Boys, "the best moments in reading are when you come across something which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met... And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours."

So, today has been a day of reflecton, insight, good television and even better breakfast. I found this quite funny, too. One last thing - I was going through some digital A-level Physics papers given to us by our teacher, and trying to get them into some sort of recognisable filing system I can actually use, and I found this amongst the papers. It's a bit of an odd thing to digitize and include in such a collection of files...
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Just uploaded a video to Facebook (the link is here) which shows my shirt from muck-up day and all the people who signed it. Apparently it's funny, but I would've thought it was quite boring, so it's really up to the reader! :)
johncoxon: (Sports Day)
So, yesterday evening it was the sixth form ball. There are photographs on Facebook, here. It was a grand evening! :)

UCAS

Nov. 5th, 2006 05:55 pm
johncoxon: (Sports Day)
My personal statement is zero lines and two characters under the limit, and with that, my UCAS application is theoretically finished. I just need to show it to Mr Davies to get his opinion before clicking "Finished", paying, sending it to him for the addition of references and suchlike and then off to the six universities to which I am applying to do courses: Manchester, Leicester, Bath, Durham, Sheffield and Southampton. I'm hoping that my role in things will be finished by tomorrow night, but it depends on when he's in school. Definitely by the end of the week, though! :D
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Today, there was a lecture held at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge by Dr Simon Singh on the subject of the Big Bang. For those less geeky people on my flist, Dr Simon Singh is a fairly well-known speaker on Physics and Mathematics, who has (amongst other things) done a few books, three radio series and some other things (more information available on his website). Amongst other things he talked about, he proved mathematically that the Teletubbies are evil, as I have demonstrated below. All in all, he was brilliant - I got two of his books (signed, of course), I've put the other on my Christmas list, and I asked him whether he would be doing any more radio series (apparently one that focusses on Physics may be in the pipeline). Well worth going to see if you get a chance, methinks.

EDIT: He also plugged a gherkin into the mains electricity via two forks, in order to prove that excited sodium atoms emit orangey light. I have decided to attempt to model this for my coursework (hey, it's an idea) and I will try and take some sort of reading of concentration of sodium and then perform some equations to attempt to determine the intensity of the light given off (it should be directly proportional, and a linear relationship, as each atom ought to give off x photons [I'm guessing that x will equal one, but I don't know yet]). I'll then measure the light intensity as I actually perform the experiment, and then repeat for different voltages to see how many atoms are excited by various voltages. It should be a good practical, I hope.

The BBC spent both money and time to make the Teletubbies. Hence:
teletubbies = money x time
Time is money, so:
time = money
teletubbies = money^2
Money is the root of all evil, therefore:
money = sqrt evil
teletubbies = evil
QED.

Smiffy

Jan. 24th, 2006 05:25 pm
johncoxon: (Dave)
Josh [livejournal.com profile] 5m1ffy has just joined LJ. He's at my school. *waves*

The Ball

Jan. 4th, 2006 07:37 am
johncoxon: (Don't Panic)
The King's School Peterborough holds a sixth-form ball every year, which is held in the first half of the spring term. This year it's on the night of Saturday 4th February.

I have a date for the ball. She's very nice...and I suppose I'm sort of going out with her, in fact, which is also very nice. We spend a lot of time texting and on the phone. Only drawback is that she lives in Derby, but it's nothing I can't handle (it's only £12 to go on the train, which is cool, because I make more than that in a week).

I'm going to see her on the 21st and she's staying over (both sets of parents agreed to let her, which is a minor miracle) over the weekend of the 4th/5th February. Which should be good fun.

All in all, it's been a good Christmas holiday. I'm glad I did the Engineering Education Scheme.

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