I thought I was fucked but it turns out I'm doing the fucking.

Last week I was on a Hell ride.

In addition to working 36 hours (did I mention I’m suppossed to be part-time?), I had two take home exams due and an in-class exam. For those counting, that’s an exam for all three of my classes. In all three cases, I thought before doing them that I had the material down. Then I got my first take-home (for my cardiovascular physiology class,) and whoa-boy, did I realize how much of a clue I did not have. That shit was hard.

Then I got my biomechanics exam, and figured I would kick the shit out of it…wrong again. The questions were nothing like what I had expected. Luckily, the only saving grace with those two was that they were take home exams. But, being that I had a harsh work schedule, I didn’t get around to finish either one until, yup, the night before they were due.

I was up till 2 AM Tuesday night (and never had a chance to study or make a crib sheet for my in-class exam in biostatistics,) and was up until 5 AM Wednesday night, then took a three hour nap, and worked on it some more until class started at 10:30, and I was actually 15 minute late because of finishing it up. Good God, I just knew I did very poorly on both of those. As for the in-class exam, well, I used the two hours between my Wednesday morning and afternoon class (that had the exam,) to study anbd make a crib sheet. Besides, biostatistics is easy, I knew everything, I just needed the sheet for a few equations, since several are similar.

Then I got into class and went :eek: :confused: :dubious: :mad: :frowning: at a few of the questions. I wrote down pretty much what I figured was a lot of BS and left hoping I could pull off a B at best, whislt rubbing my sore ass from the serious rapage that did occur. I mean, seriously, three exam-rapes in a forty-eight hour period? That’s just not fair.

Then today, I got back both my biomechanics and biostatistics exams and prepared myself when I looked at those little numbers in the upper-right corner (and why is it always in the upper-right corner? What’s the deal with that?)

98 in biomechanics, 100 in biostatistics. Da-yum, ass rapage avoided in two out of the three classes. Hell, not just avoided, I fucking made those exams my bitches. They came at me and I just smacked them down and showed them the right way to try and fuck something. They regretted they day they tried that shit on me.

However, I still have no idea how I did on the cardiovascular physiology test, but even after today’s victories, I am still a little worried that I just fucked up royaly. The worst part is that I was going to take the easier physiology class this semester, but the prof. for obth of them urged me to take the harder, ‘more quantitative’ one, because being an engineer and all, I would like it a lot more. Yeah…but I’m a biomed engineer. I went this path because it has less quantitative shit.

Oh well, I’m going to enjoy these two small victories for as long as I can, so kudos to me and all that jazz.

Only a 98?

Alright then, smart guy, how about you try on the only question I got any points off of:

Assume normal human tibial plateau cartilage has an equilibrium aggregate modulus of 0.79MPa. If the average in-situ compression of catrilage in the medial compartment of the tibial plateau cartilage is 15%, then using Eq.8 in Chapter 5 of Mow’s book, calculate the size of the total contact area required to support a joint load of 375N (75 lbs). Is this a reasonable answer? Explain?

I got two points off the “explain,” portion (my calculated area was spot on.) However, I can’t read what he wrote down, so I’m going ot have to go talk to him to see what I was a little off on.

I can’t even understand the language of the question you quoted, so all I can say is congratulations!

However - don’t let this make you cocky about future exams…

Trick question, we all know there’s not enough catrilage in existance to support 75 lbs.

Now, how many stone/fortnight^furlongs per second squared is that?

Is that what you wanted? I figured my answer in rupees/dB^2. I don’t care, I still say the answer is 7.

That’s no longer considered standard. Modern usage prefers shillings/hectare-Newton^3

Mind posting the answer to humor me? Whether or not it’s reasonable being if the area’s within the range of size for human joints?

  1. Sheesh, where did you guys go to school? And of course the units is robadas*arrobas.

I am 42. For another 2 months. I assure you that 42 is not the answer to **anything **:eek:

And the proper units for Velocity are, in fact, Furlongs/Fortnight, as mentioned already. Unless you’re using CGS, in which case I suppose it’s Dimes/Donut.

(Oh, and congrats on the good show, bouv!)

Congratulations, first off.

Second, I did the equivalent thing in my literature class last term ALL THE TIME. Read the story at the last possible moment, fluffed homework AND exam answers like fluff was going out of style, and somehome managed a 99 for the class. I woulda gotten 100 had I not misspelled “somehow” I think.

I seriously have NO idea how I got a passing grade. I totally made everything up.

Somehow, I don’t think that’s gonna fly with this term’s Japanese and Math classes, sadly.

This seems strange to me. How do you know something and not know you know it? I can see thinking you know something, but not really knowing it…but :confused:

My cousin used to be unable to remember school stuff; she had to retake 12th grade 3 times.

Unless she was asleep. When she was sleepwalking, she’d recite the answer to any question verbatim and even be able to tell you on which page of which book it was. A pity she couldn’t take her tests asleep!

You forgot to divide by 6. See, the answer is still 7.

Nava, my psych teacher had a schoolmate in grad school that had a photographic memory (as I’m guessing your cousin does). He said that when taking tests (which she always got A’s on), he would actually watch her read the question, close her eyes, and acually mimic turning the pages of the text book to find the answer. He said it’s a pity she got a degree. Sure, she could do well on the tests and on essay’s but she didn’t actaully understand alot of what she was talking about.

crib sheets?

is that kosher?

Congratulations! Enjoy your victory! :slight_smile:

Good luck on the third exam.

36 hours is part-time, you pansy.

Bah! In my day we measured crtilage in rods to the hogshead and we liked it!

The answer is 32 cm[sup]2[/sup], and that’s larger than a normal tibial plateau. Although it took a lot of work trying tofigure that out, since nowhere in the book or notes is the normal tibial plateau sized mentioned. I had to do a few searches in google before something finally came up that gave average sizes.

In my explaination I mentioned that the aggregate modulus seemed a little low, since the femoral condoyle surface modulus is 7.8 MPa, and they are very similar in structure. However, somewhere in that whole mess I got two points off (out of twenty,) and I can’t read what he wrote. It looks like he wrote:

OK, so I have to see…something. What the hell is sol[sup]a[/sup]? (If it helps, the a is also underlined.)

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