Test Anxiety

    I just took my second exam in my controls class.  Somehow, I’ve managed two straight times to convince myself I understood the material well enough to do great on an exam.  That, and he allowed us to have a table of integrals, a table of Laplace transforms, and a crib sheet filled with equations (plus a matrix algebra crib sheet).  

    Somehow, I still managed to find that the determinant of a matrix was zero, so the inverse didn’t exist, and had to hope that I managed to clip that curveball into at least a base hit.  Then, from out of left field came hyperbolic sine! What the. . . !? I don’t think I’ve seen one of those since orbital mechanics class back in 1994.  By the way, the table of integrals weren’t quite as helpful as a table of derivatives would have been!

    As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in school.  Or at the testing center on base. 

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