Dynamics Project Complete!!

Organized Pendulum Motion

Organized Spring Pendulum Motion

19 pages and countless hours later my dynamics project is done!! I am so happy to be finished with it. Overall, I proved that a spring pendulum system is chaotic but, its motion can still be modeled with dynamics. I used two methods, the second one is the most accurate as it shows the chaos in the motion of the pendulum system. The methods are respectively called simple pendulum motion and rigid body pendulum motion. The difference between the two is that rigid body motion takes more “real time” factors into account such as the mass of the spring, its changing length, inertial centers of masses of each object in the system and so on. the system is actually so complex that you can solve for the general equations of motion but, they are unsolvable by hand. The graphs you see here are numerical solutions to the motion of the pendulum. This concept is huge in terms of Engineering, as engineers must be able to predict and describe chaotic motion due to the affects it has on a structure. Dynamics is a fundamental course designed for students to be exposed to the important methods and concepts before they get into upper level courses.

Chaotic Spring Pendulum Motion

Chaotic Spring Pendulum Motion

Personally, Dynamics is a hard class however, I find it really fun and educational. I learned so much from my project about how to describe motion through mathematics and numerical integrations. I really look forward to the other classes in which I can apply this knowledge.

So my question to our readers is this: Do you want to go to school at a university that challenges you in a way conducive to learning? I did, and that’s why I came to Embry Riddle Prescott. Stop by some time and join us πŸ™‚

Finals Preparation Starts Now!

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It is that time of year again, professors and students alike have anticipated but, dreaded the upcoming weeks……FINALS…..again!! Are you going to be prepared? I know that finals are a tough and stressful time for students but, take hope, summer is almost here. Just remember to study hard and all that good stuff while motivating yourself by thinking about your summer plans.

This summer I will hopefully be going to Field Training for AFROTC and while I am nervous about that at least its better than doing hw everyday πŸ™‚ I am also very excited about it too, Field Training is like a right of passage so to speak. It basically allows you to continue in your AFROTC career so that at the end when you graduate you will get a commission as an officer in the USAF.Β  Other than that I will be taking classes and working as usual.

What are your summer plans? If your plan doesn’t include a visit to Embry Riddle’s Prescott Campus then maybe it should! We would love to see you here over summer, it is a great time to see whether this place is where you want to spend the next few years πŸ™‚

Time Management

 

Hey there everyone, today I just want to talk a little bit about time management, this is a topic that can be a little touchy because, I’m sure we all know that we can be managing our time a little better than we actually do. So I would like to share with you some classic tips and tricks that will help you stay on track and also a few common weaknesses.

Here are those tips and tricks!!

StudySkillsGIrlwithBorder1. Set a study schedule with a certain amount of time dedicated for every activity, class, and homework that you need to get done

2. If you really need it, set a timer.

3. Take small study breaks

4. Drink water not coffee and limit your snacking. This will help keep you awake longer.

 

5. Set study goals that have rewards for accomplishing them

Common Weaknesses :/

f6db1f628d8301dc26df3b90ae1ab0578ded13d33e2a3880e07bb938308aab6d1. Studying in front of the TV….no beuno, I admit I have problems with this one too!

2. Frequent and long breaks

3. Texting while trying to study or do homework….VERY DISTRACTING

4. Facebooking while researching online

5. Procrastinating

6. Using a solutions manual…not helpful in the end as you get the right answer without learning anything!

Hopefully, you are now a little bit more aware of some good study habits as well as some poor ones that can be avoided or changed. Studying well does take some degree of discipline and training but, you can do it!!! Set down with that work and get going, it will be done in no time at all πŸ™‚ Have a great week everyone!

Where has the time gone?

 

A few days agoERAU_logo_0509 I actually realized that there are only 5 weeks left of the Spring 2014 semester. I can hardly believe that my time here has gone so quickly!! It has most certainly been a fun ride πŸ™‚ In the last two years I have become an Air Force ROTC cadet, a student employee, an engineer, and a sleep deprived broke college kid. However, I don’t regret it one little bit. Embry Riddle Prescott has been the best choice I have made in my short lifetime. I have learned so much since I came here and made so many friends that I am sure will last a lifetime.

Come to Embry Riddle and let your dreams take flight!

Come to Embry Riddle and let your dreams take flight!

Looking back on it all makes me feel really old to be honest, even though I am really not!! It is really cool to see not only myself but, the other students I came in with Freshman year growing into professionals with the aid of the faculty and staff on this campus. I can honestly say that without our small class sizes and individual times with professors that our experience at Embry Riddle would be very different. It is for this reason that I still think my decision to come here was the best one ever! Because of the level of help that students get from actual professors who have had actual experience in the industry in which they teach the Embry Riddle education is the best value for your investment in your future!

I love being able to write about my experiences to share with our readers whoever you may be πŸ™‚ because I like to inform you of the real college life that students here in Prescott are undergoing. It is my hope that you will join us here one day, and as always please comment if you would like more information or if you just wanna say hi!

Preview Day is in Full Swing here at Embry Riddle Prescott

 

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If you are not here on campus yet please stop on by we have a multitude of amazing events going on that you may be interested in if you are an incoming freshman in the fall of 2014!!

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Come tour our campus, see our labs, meet with ROTC, discuss financial aid options and so much more!! We will be up and running until 4 pm todayΒ so don’t waste any time, we would love to invite you onto our beautiful campus at Embry Riddle Prescott, Az. See you soon!!!!!!!!!

Copy Center

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Awesome Picture of our Cessnas!

 

Another quick note on how to save $$$$ in college is to utilize the campus copy center!! At Embry Riddle Prescott out copy center is one of the best and here is how it can help you!!

 

 

1. If you buy a PDF book for a lot cheaper than a bound copy, you can print it (for free) in the library and take it to the copy center to be bound for about 3 bucks. This saves you on average about $100+ a semester!

2. Laminating formula sheets is an awesome way to ensure that you will never loose your formulas. I did this for Calculus freshman year and I am still using my laminated formula sheet in MA 441, which is a graduate level course in Mathematical Methods for Engineering. So for a dollar I have a lot of use on that sheet.

3. Faxes can be sent through the copy center, this is a resource that many people do not take advantage of, it is a lot cheaper than any place in town!

4. And last but not least, You can have your notes bound by the copy center which will help you with studying come finals week.

Sooooooo USE YOUR RESOURCES πŸ™‚ If you have any questions of comments please let us know, if you are interested in reading more about Embry Riddle’s Campus Services click here.

Round one of Midterms

 

I am proud to say that I have gotten through week one of midterms. I have three down and two to go. I don’t know what it is about midterms but, I think that most college students will agree when I say this….we don’t like them until their over. Midterms are not the average exam that most new freshman are used to, for some reason they are just more stressful. Personally, I don’t like them because no matter how much I know the material I always get nervous for absolutely no reason!

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So some tips on studying for a midterm, whether you are a first timer or not…

a) get some good sleep the night before

b) avoid caffeine the morning of

c) relax, listen to some music while you study

d) take a deep breath and recall what you know

 

Good-luck on those midterms everyone, may the results be ever in your favor πŸ˜‰

School is Here Again

The Dells across the street from Embry Riddle’s Prescott Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its day one of the new semester all over again!! It’s amazing how fast it has gone, but here we are ready to begin again and hopefully succeed in the new year of 2014 πŸ™‚ I am still waiting to go to my first class, this is one of the only semesters that I don’t have a class ridiculously early in the morning so I am excited.Β  My hope for this semester is to either maintain or raise my current GPA, which is pretty good right now so we will see πŸ™‚

What is your goal for this semester? Please comment below and let us know, we would like to hear from our readers. No matter what your goals are the best way to achieve them is hard work. It can be difficult to stay motivated but, here are some helpful tips that will help you succeed in school this semester.

a) visit the library

b) talk to your professors

c) study with friends/ in groups

d) relax a little, taking a moment to clear your head will really help with your studies

e) stay in touch with friends and family

f) smile, its gonna be a great semester!!!

That’s all folks!! Have an awesome first day back here at Riddle, and if you are soon to join us in Prescott keep reading our blog for helpful tips and information on what it is like to go to school at Embry Riddle Prescott. Thanks everyone πŸ™‚

Midterms are on Their Way!

 

Last Friday I had my first midterm exam in statics, and I’ve got two more this upcoming week. School is definitely progressing quickly around here. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then finals time, its such a weird thing to think but, don’t let it catch you by surprise!! Start preparing now, don’t wait until the day before the exam to study, this is not high school, this is a highly respected University so don’t forget it!!

Tests are definitely something that need to be taken seriously, so like I said start preparing early by asking questions, doing the homework, reviewing up to 3 days before the exam and clarifying any topics that you are unsure of. Doing this will ensure a higher score on your exams, which will help that GPA!

Even though it can be easy to ignore what you have to do I strongly urge you to put your school first. Yes it is awesome to go out and have fun while you are in college but, don’t forget why you came here…EDUCATION. To get that degree you need to be successful academically, that is why it is so important to put studies first.

The best way to do so is to make a list of the homework and studying that you know you must complete. Do as much as you can every day and when you are finished take a break to enjoy yourself, go out and have some fun. This will really help out your grades and you will get the college experience that you wan at the same time.

So all in all enjoy yourself but, don’t let exams and classwork to catch you by surprise!!

Campus Tours

 

For prospective students many colleges or Universities will offer a Campus tour so that the student may get a feel for the place that they may be living in for the next four years. Here on Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus the Admissions office staff and student employees (like me!!) work really hard to be sure that if you choose to tour our beautiful campus, that you have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

 

Prescott Aerial View of Campus

When you first arrive on campus you will meet up with your tour guide in the Welcome center, which is building 41. It is pretty simple to find, just enter campus through the entrance with the electronic signboard and take the second right leaving the roundabout. You will immediately see the Welcome Center.

 

Once you are inside there may be a small wait and then you will be off on your tour to see the Freshman dorms, Dining hall, Wellness Center, King Engineering, Academic Complex, Laboratories in the AXFAB (Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building), Wind Tunnel Labs, Jet Dragster Lab, Central Campus, Student Facilities, and the Hazy Library. If you are interested in doing Air Force or Army ROTC at Embry-Riddle then you will also be offered the opportunity to meet with representatives of one or both of the detachments on campus.for Aeronautical Science majors a tour of the Prescott campus’s flight line is also offered and can be taken in addition to the campus tour.

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After your tour is complete you then have the opportunity to meet with your admissions counselor in order to cover any admissions questions you have about attending the University. Admissions counselors are located inside the Welcome Center as well as the offices of Financial Aid and Student employment so if you would like you may also look into discussing options for aid or employment with these offices after you have met with your counselor.

It may be a long and eventful day but, I can guarantee that this campus with fascinate you and that your visitor’s experience here at Embry Riddle Prescott has the potential to turn into a really fun and rewarding four years in pursuit of one of our unique majors.

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If you would like to join us here for a day please visit our website and sign up for a campus tour. If you are unable to be here in person then I encourage you to take a virtual tour. Additional information on the campus can be found here. However way you visit we look forward to showing you our campus!!