Although I'm only taking one class this quarter (at the insistance of my wife), it's time to prepare for the final exam.
The class is 'Linear Control System Theory' and the final exam is next Friday morning which means that I've got just under a week to prepare.
The nice part of preparing is that the professor is aware of what has happened to me in the last few months and that my taking his class was risky.
And why am I mentioning this?
Well, after the final class yesterday morning, the prof walked up to me and asked how was I doing in the class and if I was ready for the final exam.
I told him that while I had more-or-less retained the subject matter from the last time I took the class (last spring), I was having trouble with the material covered in the last few weeks......so much that it would be like tossing my daughter into an electronics class with no preperation. I have been reading and re-reading the chapters in the book, hoping that while staring and working the problem sets that all-of-a-sudden: click!, it would suddenly make sense. And it has.....to a small extent.
The prof told me that if I didn't feel prepared for the final exam that he'd prefer that I take an incomplete in the class and take an oral final (please, save the jokes - I've thought of them all) in the fall.
I knew that I shouldn't make a decision right then-and-there, and I told the prof that while I still have a week to prepare for the final that I'd let him know the morning of the final exam; if I felt ready, I'd walk in and take it - if I didn't feel prepared, I'd let him know and arrange to take an oral examination from him in the fall.
So.....I've got about a week to determine if I'm capable of taking the final exam. The final will cover root locus - mainly sketching a root locus drawing for a given feedback system and frequency response stuff which is what I'm shaky on.
So this week I'll be pounding this stuff into my brain and I'll see how I'm feeling come next Friday morning.