Saturday, May 07, 2005

Another Disaster

I just finished the Complexity exam. There were only a handful of us left in the class by this point. A total of seven people took the exam. One attended less than half the semester's lectures. One attended every lecture, but all his notes could be reviewed in an hour. One wrote "Via a simple induction" in response to a proof question, one made the same error on two different problems - and again, for another pair of problems. One walked in late, one left an hour early, one needed coffee to keep awake during the exam.

I've rarely seen such a sorry bunch. But it was a fun course, and I'm sorry it's over.

13 comments:

Deepak said...

not to forget mysterious europeans and a guy who could never quite work out all the "gory details".

and of course, a professor who favoured such pedagogic techniques as proof by corrollary, proof by "the details are too complicated so let's just skip it" and proof by "just look at the graph until you've convinced yourself it works".

surely young nitish, we have lived in interesting times.

~ditch

Nitish said...

I notice that in addition to being unable to pronounce corollary, you cannot spell it. :-)

Deepak said...

such trivialities......

Sanketh said...

same story eh! no desis in class?

Nitish said...

Only Ditch and I.
I like the pic of Marvin, btw. :-)

Sanketh said...

watched the movie. time pass. i think they've done a decent job of getting essential elements of the book on to the screen. some plot changes but i think that was inevitable. the scene with the sperm whale was splendid. you ought to catch it.

Sridhar said...

all these people sound like me in BITS ...you must have had a very intelligent bunch of guys in your class...

Sanketh said...

dude for me you can never be a lowly anything. you are always up there and I want you to know that. :)

Thanks again.

The Complimenting Commenter said...

That is hilarious. A great bunch of students. Hope you did well or you might have to sit with that group again. Nice post.

Indu M said...

In the aftermath of the disaster, have thou gone into hiding?

Post!

:-)

Sanketh said...

Are you done being sorry yet? (I just read the last line and am rattling off)

Get back!

Sachin said...

Unbelievable!! I actually chance upon your BLOG!(11PM and at work,one gives in to randomness) There is a certain mysterious force at work here. Nitish John Korula, its a small world after all! Awesome!

Atlas said...

cool blog.