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  1. Howdy NightKing!  What type of guitar do you play?  I have a Seagull, a Taylor, and a 12-string Alvarez, though I'm finding that setting time aside to pull them out and give them the attention they deserve is pretty hard to come by these days.

    The self-driven format of the class can be frustrating for a while, but just like you said, it does a ton toward helping you build skills that will come in MIGHTY handy in very short order.  And you get to do it in an environment in which you have lots of folks rooting for you and willing to step in and assist if/when needed!

    Don't be anxious about tests.  Do your best.  If you've done your best, the silly little number the instructor writes on the top when you're finished should be far from the top concern on your mind.  If you've done your best, there's nothing more you could have done, so hold your head high and be proud no matter what.  And if you didn't do your best, quit slacking!!!  :mad:


    Make it a great day!   :jig:

  2. Thrilled to have you aboard BrandyBoy...  I think we'll be able to challenge you a bit this year, maybe the first serious academic challenge you'll face.  When you hit that point (and most students do at some point in this class) -- keep in mind you have tons of fans rooting for you, and it's OK to struggle and fail.  Failing is the first step to success, and learning how to fail productively is a terribly underestimated skill.


    Am I hearing the beginnings of some blog posts on how physics relates to boy scouts?  :cold:

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  3. I love this introductory blog post, and your willingness to keep pushing yourself year after year.  I am interested to hear what folks think the other two hardest classes are...  my guesses would be Calc BC and AP Music Theory?  Just curious.  Sounds like you're up for a fantastic and fun year.  :jig:

  4. Work hard and things have a way of working out... as for the Trolls movie, with two little girls at home, I think I know it by heart (and am certain my girls can sing and dance to all the songs by heart).  The little one's preschool graduation included a dance routine to Sunshine in My Pocket.   :beerhat:

  5. Welcome to AP Physics C!  I'm a baseball nut as well, and even had the opportunity to take a course last year on the physics of baseball, taught by the physics department head at SUNY Geneseo, who is also a huge baseball fan.  It was fantastic.  Thrilled to have you aboard!  :geek:

  6. Welcome to APC!  Thrilled to have you here.  Yes, APC is challenging, there's no doubt about it, but much of that 'pain' is offset by the extreme level of independence you're afforded in the class.  You're given a roadmap for each unit, a due date, and resources to work toward that goal.  How you get there is up to you.  Like working in groups?  Do it!  Like working independently?  Do it!  Want to take a weekend and just plow through tons of stuff?  Fine...  Prefer to space things out evenly?  It's up to you.  It is a lot of work, but I've found that when I know what my ultimate goal is and can see how the work I'm doing pushes me toward it, I feel much more willing to dive in and tackle what needs to be done.  Hoping you feel the same at the end of the year!

  7. One of the most important things you'll learn this year is that ongoing "I'm struggling with this stuff" feeling... I don't know as it ever truly gets better, but you do get used to it and start to appreciate that even though things feel fuzzy, you have the skills to get through it.  Confidence building, that's it!

  8. Glad to have you in the class.  I think you'll find that although the workload is significant, the amount of work doesn't seem nearly as "painful" when you have control over it... when you're working toward a goal yourself, and can easily see how that effort pushes you closer toward your goal.

  9. Glad to hear it went well.  The center of mass concept is one that many times allows you to solve problems more simply than traditional 'plug and chug' formulas.  You'll find it useful in a variety of units in the course!

  10. Not quite sure I understand what "Mr. Fullerton is for the boys" means, but glad to hear you've gotten something out of the course.  I, too, am glad you've stuck with it.  Couple more weeks of pushing and the finish line is in sight!

  11. I was right with you up to the part where you said "it isn't that horrible of a movie."    The missus made me sit through it once.  The post-viewing fever lasted three days.  :notfair:

    I was right with you up to the part where you said "it isn't that horrible of a movie."    The missus made me sit through it once.  The post-viewing fever lasted three days.  :notfair:

  12. And of course there's that whole "Gallifrey and the Daleks are time-locked" complication.  As corny and goofy as the show is, what always impresses me is the quality of the writing... and I'm really enjoying the fact that my 7-year-old is now all about watching Doctor Who with her dad whenever mom isn't home (Mommy would find it 'inappropriate.')  :jig:

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