Monday, 22 July 2019


So I have the Distinction - I got 96% in the exam. I really am thrilled to be able to do maths like this after 45 years of working in another field. I hope I can keep this up with the physics.

We will be visiting our favourite restaurant to celebrate.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Going into space

The maths course is finished and the examination taken. The whole thing was much harder than I expected but I enjoyed it greatly. Sometimes I think I was born to do maths, so why have I spent all my working life in IT? Simple - for the money!!

I hope that I have passed but my assignment scores have been high and I am hoping for a Distinction. Fingers crossed!

I have signed up for the next course on my path to the stars. This one will involve some quantum mechanics, which is a new area for me. And a new computer language - Python.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

First assignment on Maths course

94%. Phew, that's a relief. Since I already have a maths degree, I feel under a lot of pressure here. But I am still so slow compared with how I was at 18, 19, 20 ….. But I suppose that is normal. I just don't like it.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Just got results from S111, the OU introductory Science course. Distinction. What a nice surprise! But it increases the pressure on the new module - Maths. Which I used to be very good at. My 18-year old self is looking over my shoulder and laughing at how slow I am.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Maths unit

This is me back in my comfort zone. Mostly algebra so far. I need to improve my accuracy because I keep losing minus signs. Maybe I should just be neater.

Friday, 24 August 2018

One sixth there

I have finished 'Questions in Science' - the introductory 'bit of everything' science course. We have not had the results yet but I think I already have enough marks for a pass. I have learned lots about chemistry and biology and remembered things about maths and physics. For five years 1967 - 1972, I lived and breathed maths and since then I haven't used it at all. 46 years!! But I am becoming more confident and working a bit quicker.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Is it a bar? Or a histogram?

Muscle strain much better. And I got good assignment scores - 89% for the tutor marked one and 100% for the computer marked algebra/arithmetic. So maybe I am back in the groove. But I am struggling with the difference between a bar chart and a histogram. Everything I read makes me more confused than ever.

The volcano and earthquake section of the course was very interesting - especially since it concentrated on an area at the north end of the Pacific Ocean, where I will be cruising later in the year. Over all that frenetic earth activity.

Next section is chemistry again.