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Jackson is our Electrodynamics textbook.

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One Jackson problem takes an average of 1.5

weeks to finish. Most of this time is often spent

working on the first part of a multipart problem.

An approximate breakdown of the timeline of

solving a Jackson problem is:

Days 1-2: Arguing about what exactly the

problem is asking, what assumptions to

make, why the problem can’t be done as

stated, why Mathematica cannot handle the

integral, why Jackson probably didn’t do

any of these problems, why the intial 10

pages of algebra failed to deliver the

correct answer.

Day 3: Rechecking the 10 pages of algebra

for a missing minus signs and factors of 2.

Day 4: Starting the problem over the exact

same way as before since it is not clear

where the algebra mistake came from.

Day 5: Discussing with the professor and

realizing the problem is not as easy/hard as

previously thought and that 4 days were

wasted doing the problem the wrong way.

Day 6: Reworking the problem this new

way: 13 pages of Algebra.

Day 7: Realizing this new way didn’t work

either, and discussing with professor why it

was wrong. After getting an extension and

“knowing” the correct way to do the

problem, swearing it will get done

tomorrow.

Day 8: After working 15 pages of Algebra,

you realize that a minus sign was left out

on page 2. Reworking all of it, you are off

by a factor of 2 from the expected answer.

Going back and reworking, you find the

missing factor on page 3 of 16. The first

part of a 3 part problem is now done. No

other homework or research was done

today (or the past 5 days).

Day 9: Part b is not as hard, but still takes 6

pages of Algebra.

Day 10: Part c takes 2 pages of algebra and

a page of words trying to answer a

conceptual question that no one cares about

at this point.

Day 11: Turn in the homework assignment,

and reflect on how much was learned and

how horrible the problem was. It takes 24

pages total.

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Felt good when you realize you're not alone, except the first part. It takes more than 2 days for me, to just nak memahamkan the question..And also I'm not as diligent.. siap jumpe lecturer n argue2.. huhu

## Friday, October 23, 2009

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## 2 comments:

Masha Allah..dasatnyer assignment!!!

semoga dipermudahkan

-kak aliya-

jazakillah khayr Kak Aliya!

huhu, it wasn't that bad actually.. ana je yg malas senanye nak memerah otak.. huhu.

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