First open book exam experience: Post-exam

Well, luckily I had gone through some of the past exam papers(which I guess were closed book because of their simplicity) and there were some questions today which were modified from their past counter parts to include some difficulty, a lot of difficulty actually. For instance, we were asked to derive the difficult cases while we were taught the simpler ones.

During the exam, I tried to strike every question conceptually as correct as possible so that my process would be right at least. There is this thing in such exams: you have books, but what you need more than books is your brains. Result is pending and I expect that my first encounter was not so bad. I at least hope for passing marks LOL.


First open book exam experience: Pre-exam

I have been studying from almost 18 years now. I do not clearly remember about my early childhood but after my grade 3, I am pretty sure about how things went in my academic life. “Consulting” a book or a piece of paper during exam was termed as cheating (LOL), it still does if your books contain the questions and their answers directly. After coming to Taiwan, I have experienced “open one A4 sheet” exam in my previous semester where we were allowed to carry one A4 sheet with us and apparently, we wanted to write all 300 pages of our book on that single sheet. What a pity!

This semester, today is gonna be my first open book exam. I am excited about it, no place for nervousness because I am prepared for it. I have practiced the theory, derivations and some numerical. One thing I am assuming about this exam is that it is gonna be conceptual and fundamental. Why? Because it is open book. Teacher is gonna make the question paper keeping this in mind. I have always loved knowing and relying on my concepts rather than mugging up the creepy formulas to save time.

I am writing this blog post right now while my exam will start in some two hours. Because I think I am all prepared (over confidence?). Be it or a good or bad one, I know that I am gonna give my everything DURING exam, that is what really matters for me. Let’s see how it goes! Wooo-hoo!

Gas dynamics project: Baking soda and vinegar rocket

By the end of last semester, I was pretty much done with the classes taught in Chinese and that is when I decided to take just the classes taught in English for this semester. This was the time I became more selective and I looked out for every English course in almost EVERY department. I got to know about the course of gas dynamics being offered by my department. I looked at the syllabus and it got my interest quite much. What got my interest more was the marks distribution. I always prefer classes which does not have written exams at the middle and end of semester and instead rely on presentation or projects. The reason being, later ones are simple 😉

On the first day itself, professor made us aware about our mid term project: to make a rocket working on propelling pair of baking soda and vinegar. This is pretty easy. When you mix these two, a lot of carbon dioxide is released which in turn provides the required thrust for rocket. What the difficult task in this project was? To make a launcher which could withstand more pressure and that is how you could fly higher. Another difficulty could be accounted as the rate of reaction. If you take too much time to settle the things before launch, the rocket just might launch itself without waiting for you.

I used the easiest method as shown in the video on this link and our rocket was flying quite decently. I was also looking for some parachute mechanism but I could not work it out. By today, we had made a working rocket in two nights which could fly. We used a cork which we borrowed from a bar! Luckily, our rocket was in air for about four seconds though it could have been better. Never mind! So here is me and my little rocket (no other meaning please):

IMG_2177Not that bad I guess? I had a bit of vinegar on me while we were trying and launching. But, it dried off at the end.

Final project for this subject is still not revealed and I am really looking forward to it.

Day Three: Yehliu Geopark

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This is the last day of our trip. After the morning hike, as we reached hostel, luckily other people were planning to go to Yehliu too and we caught up along with them. We left the hostel around 10.30 AM and grabbed some breakfast and took the bus to go to Keelung. Here is the detailed journey:

After we were finished with Yehliu, we thought that we could spare some time to go to Tamsui (Danshu), but the bus took around 1.5 hours to get there and it was already quite dark. So, rightaway we took MRT from Tamsui to Taipei and got back to Hsinchu.

Day Three: Tai’An Waterfall

This is the next morning. Luckily I got enough rest at night and unluckily, I overslept. I wanted to wake up before 6 to go to this nearby mild hiking place where we have read a signboard of a waterfall. Anyway, we woke up around 6 .30 and quickly prepared ourselves to go to this little destination instead of wasting a pretty morning on bed.

For me as a tiny traveller, I prefer to do something specially in the morning time. This place was near to the hostel we were staying in. It has a pretty scenic view with a peace and solitude offering environment in the early morning.

Night Two: Keelung Night Market

We are now in a bus from Heping Island and heading towards Keelung Night Market (Cheelung Ye Shi would be the name in Chinese if you wanna ask somebody). I was pretty hungry by now as I had not had anything in my lunch because I was roaming and wandering all over. Night market is a perfect place to feed yourself 😀

This market is not as big as you would expect but it has a lot of foods and things for you. I have always loved that many different variety of food, activities are maintained in Taiwanese night markets no matter it is big or small. This night market ends our tiring day and we headed back to our hostel. Because I had planned to go to a nearby waterfall for mild hiking and to see the beautiful morning.

Day Two: Heping Island (Heping Dao)

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We left Yilan around 1PM to get into the train from Yilan to Qidu where our next hostel was located. I would really love to mention about this hostel first of all. Amy and Ann (staff) were extremely friendly and resourceful. They told about every nearby destination and what should be taken care of during our visit. We reached Qidu around 2.30PM and Ann was there to pick us. After taking a little rest, we set on our next destination, Heping Island. It is not really an island if you are thinking that way, it is connected with Keelung city by a bridge of around 100m in length. Since we had Chinese people with us, we did not bother to ask people about the bus numbers. We take bus 402 from Qidu to Keelung and bus 101 from Keelung to Heping Dao (Chinese name of Heping Island) as I remember. From the bus stop, after walking for some distance, we were at the main gate of Heping Dao. Students can have discounted tickets of 40NTD while the regular ticket costs 60NTD.

As the clock hit 6PM, we were already outside this park. I guess this is the thing about Taiwan. It has some places extremely close to nature where you can find some time for yourself in solitude. I would highly recommend this place to go at afternoon till the evening. I am pretty sure that these pictures could convince you more than my words.

Guess what could be our next stop if it is almost night now? NIGHT MARKET! Let’s go.