Wow, where the heck did 2015 go. It seems like the year just started, but here we are knocking on New Year’s door. It has been a great year for me personally, even if I haven’t had as much time for electronics as I would like. I have spent some great quality time with my family and had a significant change in employment. One of the biggest things to report is completion of the fall semester at Arizona State University.

I mentioned in a previous post that things did not go my way this past spring; ultimately ending with me failing Physics II. I regrouped over the summer, knocking out a “B” in EEE 120 Digital Design Fundamentals. This fall I was faced with Physics II and III again, and I’m happy to report I managed a “B” and “B-“respectfully. These classes have been some of the toughest I have attended so far, and I think the main reason for it was the way they forced me to think. We as students get lulled into classes where you are graded more on your interpretation/thoughts of the material being presented, or we learn a direct process for solving specific type of problems. I have found Physics to be a different kind of animal that required me to rethink how I approach a class. This sort of class requires you to learn a theory and be able to apply that theory to different types of situations. The theory or math behind it all normally isn’t all that hard, but none the less you have to think outside of the box in most cases. What it came down to for me in any event was simply giving the classes the respect they deserved and putting the time in to master the material.

Speaking with my advisor, I have learned that by retaking the Physics II class the original grade will not count against my GPA. This can apparently only be done for a total of 12 credit hours, so they don’t allow you to retake many classes in this fashion. Something else to keep in mind is that if you are in the Engineering program at ASU and you essentially fail two semesters in a row, there is a good chance you will not be allowed to continue in the program. I’m sure there are exceptions and far more detail I’m not covering here, but the sum of it is don’t fail. You can almost always withdraw fairly late into a semester, which is what I should have done this past spring. Sure it doesn’t save your money, but it will save your progress. As I move into the second half of the program, maintaining a B or average becomes more important. The reason for this is that many masters programs require applicants to have made a 3.0 average in their junior/senior years.

I’m really looking forward to coming semester. I finally get to take EEE 202 Circuits I. Of all my recent classes this is the one I have been waiting to take. I have looked over the syllabus and everything seems like it will be pretty interesting. I’m curious if this class will live up to what I imagine. Never the less, I have 18 more classes to go and this is the next step in the road.

Here is a quick run-down of the classes I took this year.

Spring 2015:

PHY 131 – Physics II Electricity and Magnetism (Failed)
PHY 241 – Physics III Modern Physics (Withdrew)

Summer 2015:

EEE 120 – Digital Design Fundamentals

Fall 2015:

PHY 131 – Physics II Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 132 – University Physics Laboratory II
PHY 241 – Physics III Modern Physics