I am taking a four week online summer course in the U.S. and the professor just canceled it because all but me and one other student (out of 30+ students) withdrew from the class within the first week. I guess the minimum for the class is 20 students. Is this normal? I’m not sure yet but I think we get our money back for the course, I just am not sure if it is standard for this to happen. and if so what happens on my transcript?

It is last minute in academia. I have a job offer that would start almost immediately and hinder me from going to an interview at another school.

School (offered) #1
1. dream location
2. less money (7,500 less)
3. teaching college classes to a high school (new experience)
4. Definite job

School (interview scheduled) #2
1. unfamiliar location
2. more money (7,500 more)
3. teaching community college (what I usually do and like)
4. Not even interviewed yet

I am horrible at making decisions. Should I accept job #1 and be happy to have a job and probably like it? Or should I chance it and wait for the interview for school #2? I might have no job at all that way. I know I will love living in job #1’s area. But I know I will love doing job #2. In this economy, do I take the job that comes and be grateful or do I take a risk? I eventually want to move to location #1, just with more money and maybe a community college or university. I also very much want a job right now and not to be a poor adjunct crashing with others for another year.

Thank you for your advice!!!

I am doing my MSc in mathematics/statistics, and a large part of it concerns fractal geometry.

I want to include some background of how early geometry arose, why fractals were largely neglected, and finally how they found new use/interest in the 20th century. I want to do this because it interests me a lot and I feel it helps explain the role fractal geometry plays.

I am concerned with whether or not this is in bad taste though? Presumably a master’s thesis, especially in mathematics, should be concerned with the work you are doing and not a history lesson.

So basically my question is: Is it acceptable for an MSc/MPhil student in maths (or other science) to include a historical background to the subject they are studying?

Like the university I study at, I’m creating an automated (non-Gaussian) grading curve in excel for only the participation of a specific class where students who have a lower participation in a subject get a bit more of a boost to account for introverted students. The staff along with myself decided on a monotonically increasing but concave function shape over other function shapes.
Obviously, there’s lots of ways to do this, such as with a quadradic function, a root/power function, a negative exponential, logarithmic function and so on. All we know for sure is we want the points (0,0) and (1,1) to correspond to student with no participation getting a 0%, and a student with 100% participation getting 100%, so there’s lots of options for fitting different curves.
However, I am wondering if there is some kind of rule of thumb or some kind of analysis that would suggest it makes more sense to use one kind of curve over the other in the realm of education, or if there’s any standard of curves that would be useful to adhere to for higher end statistical purposes.

We did consider a sigmoid curve so that students who really don’t participate below a certain threshhold stay down, but we decided that a student having such little motivation is a fault of the classroom environment and not of the student, so we are gearing our class to assess the participation of students based on more their individual growth while working with them each individually when we have the time and actively engaging them in the class. We want to grade participation to show that it’s a really big step in growth for an introverted student to participate even 1/4th or 1/3rd of the time and incentivise students who normally wouldn’t participate by making the first step easier.

I’m a second year Physics and Mathematics student.

Although I haven’t attended many different professor’s lectures, from what I have experienced, and what I know about the professors in both of my departments, I generally don’t like the style that the lecturers uses in both departments. What I mean by this is that, for example, in physics courses, generally lecturers tend to justify their claim by doing “sloppy mathematics” and generally without clearly stating their assumptions, and they don’t explicitly state what is an experimental result and what is a mathematical result, so this generally confuses me.Of course this is just one of the examples only in physics department.Therefore, mostly I studied the subject by myself, and ask the questions either to the T.A, or the professor’s itself depending on situation.

I should also note that, in both departments, there are some professors whose way of explains things coincides with how I think, so if I cannot understand a subject that I’m self-studying, I generally go to those professors and ask them.

So, for this reason, I’m going to ended up studying lots of subject by myself, and for that reason I will not take course on those subject because why should I waste time by taking the lectures on subjects that I have already know.Instead I can take different course that I really benefit from.

However, the only problem in this way is that I will not have an official account on those subjects that I will have beed studied when I apply to graduate school.

So my question is that how can I make these studies official ? I mean, for example, I will study point-set topology in the next spring break and I will not take this course from the department, but how can I prove that I know this subject when I apply to graduate school.

I’m hoping that I’m able to clearly express what I’m asking.If not, please say it what is not clear.

Note that, I have seen this question, but even though I don’t exactly know the content of GRE tests, I don’t think it will be a valid method in my case.

I’ve just graduated with my BS. I have been offered a job to teach biology at a christian university prep academy. I desperately need the money, and I was raised religiously, so I expect that I will be able to do the job fairly well. However, once I get a stable financial foundation, I want to get a PhD in cell and molecular biology. Will teaching at a Christian high school basically be “career suicide” for me? Will I forget all the complex things I’ve already learned?