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  • Michelle Dela Rosa 3:16 pm on May 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Love your mother 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    Row Echelon Form and Reduced Row Echelon Form! Kasi pag sinasabi yung ~*ECHELON*~ sobrang sosyal pakinggan ang saya :^D Pero ok serious, may sense of achievement kapag nakapagtransform ng matrix to its RREF ❤ Yung effort sa pagsusulat at pagsosolve ang worth it haha!

    Plus Basis kasi medyo may bias(is) ako sa topic namin sa video tutorial ❤

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    “Challenging and at the same time, inspiring. Every meeting was an adventure.” — J.K. Rowling

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    Stay strong! And see you around 🙂

     
  • karen alarcon 2:47 pm on May 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    1. Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why? RREF because I had a hard time reducing the matrix noong exam 3. I always end up getting stocked up at some point because I get the wrong combinations of scalar multiples. Ughh. I need some practice.
    2. If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be? It was fun! 🙂 .. Although di ako masyado close sa mga classmates ko, but because ung harmony na nabuild sa class makes it totally worth it. I admit, nakakapressure minsan kasi madaming magagaling na students and i feel like im left behind, pero, overall nag enjoy pa rin ako kasi this is my first math class na sobrang fun ung class.
    3. What would be your parting message to the class? Well, of course, first, I’d like to thank Sir Paul.. kasi he made this course interesting, challenging and fun.. I can feel na gusto nya lahat makapasa kasi dito sa class na to nafeel ung word na “CHANCE”. hahaha.. Di ko kasi malilimutan ung time na nag pm sakin si Sir and gave me some references that will greatly help me prepare for the course. So thank you so much Sir for that. Secondly, gusto mag thank you sa kagrupo ko during quizzes and sa final project, shoutout kila Gen, Lois and Mark. 🙂 They served as my inspiration to pursue this course kasi go lang sila ng go so ayun. hahaha.. and lastly of course I’d like to thank the whole class kasi the experience wouldn’t perfect without each everyone who made this class so enjoyable. Yun lang po. 🙂 Thank you so much guys! God Bless sating lahat! See you around. 😀

     
  • Gabby Torres 1:56 pm on May 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 

    • Share your thoughts on the following questions:
      • Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why? Vectors (?) since they’re a pretty huge deal with 130 and you’d fail if you forget anything about it. :))
      • If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be? Fun 🙂 I enjoyed learning about it since it was taught so well in class. I know it’s hard but I guess the class made it worth it.
      • What would be your parting message to the class? YAY THANK YOU. Seniors always told me this would be a tough class and us enjoying it already says a lot about how the class was handled. 🙂 Thank you po for making me meet new friends and letting me communicate with people even though I’m terribly bad at it. Definitely a highlight for this semester. ❤
     
  • Paulo Santiago 12:36 pm on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Bye 130 

    1. Matrix. Most of the topics in the class involved matrix and it really made me understand the topic more than I ever did. I also learned about its applications that I didn’t thought of.
    2. Happy 🙂 After a stressful day of classes all day, i’m thankful it ends with CS 130. Masayang may surprise games and interactive learning before and even in the lecture tapos very welcoming ang atmosphere sa class. Lagi rin nagtatawanan kahit lecture at isa sa pinakamagandang paraan to learn while having fun.
    3. Thank you sir Paul!! Thank you rin sa mga seatmates/groupmates ko. It was fun. SIR 131 naman!!! 🙂

     
  • Gerard Montemayor 5:04 am on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    131 naman 

    1. Matrix/Vectors. It made me look into math in a different perspective.
    2. Puzzles
    3. Thank you sir! Next sem ulit 131 naman HAHAHA. Sorry din kasi puro late ako sa submissions HAHAHA including this one :)) Thank you din sa mga groupmates ko na bumuhat sakin sa quizzes. Mas narealize ko na tama nga na nag shift out ako sa Math :))

     
  • Camille Comia 4:23 am on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    fin. 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Matrices, we live in a magical world of ~*matrices*~. The Matrix never really made sense to me until I learned what matrices really represent haha

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Pick-me-up. Although hindi halata yung energy ko in class, this is the one class this semester that I really looked forward to every time without fail. It wasn’t a course that I was afraid of but rather the class that I really wanted to learn something from.

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Thank you sa mga naging ka-group ko and ofc, kay Sir Paul. Is it safe to say we passed? *knocks on wood* haha. See you around, hopefully 🙂

     

     
  • Daine Daling 6:08 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    I think the topic that had the most impact for me would be Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues. When I first encountered these last year in a Math 114 class, I didn’t really see too much in it and shrugged it off as a minor tool in mathematics (probably because I barely attended the lectures in that class, lol). However, CS 130 has really brought it to light. Now I appreciate them more than ever, seeing many of their applications, especially those in matrix/image transformations.

    This may sound cliche but I really think the course, in my opinion, is best described as fun. Yes, fun. Sir Paul’s pre-class group activities and his humor definitely made the class feel lighter, despite the mental workload of studying mathematical methods. I don’t think any other class I’ve been in has better ice-breakers and an overall fun vibe than this one.

    I was never good at parting messages because I usually revolve around one point that I keep reiterating and it ends up being annoying in the end lol. Besides, I’m not really too close with much of the class so I will take this opportunity to say goodbye and best of luck to all your future endeavors. Also, support local independent (the actual independent, DIY artists, not those that pose as “indie” merely to market themselves) music!

     
  • abcorwynd 4:52 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 5: Synthesis 

    Which topic in class made an impact to you? Why?

    • The topic that stuck to me most is the the topic of transformations especially the part where sir Paul showed us how you can actually transform a specific image to look more readable or pleasant to the eye. It stuck to me since I didn’t know that things like this were actually done via the manipulation of vectors. It came as a surprise to me and something I didn’t really expect.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    • If I could summarize this course in one sentence I’d say … “This would’ve been difficult to understand if it wasn’t Sir Paul teaching.”

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    • Thanks for the great semester to Sir Paul, thanks for the fun group works during class and the efforts you guys put. So grateful. ^_^
     
  • Joshua Buslig 4:19 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Tapos na 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    -Sa totoo lang matrices, parang yun yung laging gagamitin eh. 😀

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    -Ayos!!! (kahit ayaw ko ng math)

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    -Thank you. Enjoy tong klase. Laban lang 😀 HAHAHAHA

     
  • Edrich Chua 3:43 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    HOW DO I DELETE THIS I’M PANICKING

     
  • Lois Velasco 3:42 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    • Matrices. A lot of topics revolved around this and it had a lot of practical applications in the field of Computer Science.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    • Mathakit sa ulo. Kidding. If I were to summarize this course in a sentence, it would be: mathututo ka talaga, hindi lang ng Math kundi pati ng applications nya in real life. I just love how sir taught CS 130 because it made me appreciate the Mathematical concepts we learn in class. We were shown not only the concepts and practices in this class but also how it is related to solving real-world problems.

    What would be your parting message to the class

    • Thank you Sir Paul for making the topics relatively easier to learn and thank you for making the class fun and insightful.
    • Thank you ebribadi u dabest. Kapit lang. I believe in you.
    • HORAY!
     
  • Asi Asiddao 2:39 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    CS 650: At last we part ways 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    • The first topic for me was the most impactful, because I never really knew that complex numbers can visually be represented in a 2-dimensional (or possibly 3-dimensional) space. Also, it was the first time I’ve encountered the lesson.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    • Application-learning!

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Hello there 🙂
    First of all, I probably am the most excited person in the whole class that CS 130 has finally come to an end (believe me, it took me 2.5 years) but at the same time, I fear as well for the upcoming CS 131 :))
    Sir Paul made the class fun to learn (while adjusting the pace of the course to best fit how fast we all learn and comprehend topics), something that I really don’t see much in many CS courses. Some lower-batch students fail to see real-world applications of Computer Science concepts, making them demotivated in pursuing what’s left the course has to offer. I believe Sir Paul best fits what a good teacher is, not just an instructor following university standards. I really hope to see Sir Paul teaching after earning his masters degree.
    As for everyone in the class, I’m sure we’re all thankful for this CS 130 🙂

    Thanks for a wonderful sem!

     
  • Eunice Angel Cruz 2:28 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    "Uy, huling 'bye, sir' ko na pala ito…" 

    I said that after the last meeting but Sir replied with “hala, magkikita pa ulit tayo di pa ito ang last day.”

    Weeks after, the “this is not yet the last day” day turned out to be the last for real.
    Pizza is gone for good. HAHAHAHAHA JUST KIDDING (mas nasad pa over pizza joke lang sir hehe)

    RREF had the most impact para sa akin. I think I won’t be able to forget it for at least the next academic year hahahahaha I spent a lot of time, a lot of paper, and a lot of patience while practicing it. *reminisces* aaah good old times…

    All in all, I think CS 130 was the “subject na pwede ka mag feeling confident pagpasok sa class dahil alam mong hindi ka papasok sa pressure cooker kundi sa isang happy place” hahahaha

    To Sir,
    Thank you very much po! You give me confidence even if I am just starting to learn or to get a feel of a concept in ways like group works, ice breakers, other fun activities, Running Man!!! Hahaha

    On a more serious note, CS 130 was hard but I appreciate your effort po of helping us understand topics kahit hindi nagdadive ng malalim on each one. I like how you are hands on, thank you for that, Sir – kayo lang yung hands on na hindi nakakapressure but nakaka encourage pa nga na prof ko so far. Sir nood ka lang ng Running Man para happy lagi char hahahaha pantanggal streeess ganern.

    To my classmates,
    Thank you for attending classes with me, for talking to me and answering my questions kahit hindi naman tayo formally friends, for having fun on activities with me, for understanding me and my side comments na napapalakas minsan (baka naingayan na kayo hahahahuhu)… let’s be friends! 😀

    Thankful ako for this course. I hope, and I know, na hindi lang ako ang nag enjoy sa class! Woohoo!!!

    Eunice Angel D. Cruz
    CS 130 1617B 🙂

    P.S. random pictures taken sa class hahaha yas pabida jk hahaha sir gusto ko lang po makita niyo self niyo kapag nagtuturo tulad ng pagcapture niyo ng exam moments namin, char

    P.P.S. Sir, nawa po ay checkan ninyo ang aking mga journal entry huhu thank you po :’D

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    ((I told u I’m so confident… ang hirap makibaka sa mabagal na internet halp))

     
  • Paul Sason 2:02 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Comrades 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    • I’m gonna have to join the M A T R I X train here. Almost everything in the semester revolved around matrices and its applications, and I feel like it’s going to stick to me for quite some time; or at the very least, until after CS 131.
    • I guess I can mention Complex Field here too, in regards to the final project. ^^

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    • Refreshing
    • I can’t really put it any other way. The fact that a course that’s essentially filled with math was presented in the way this course was handled was really refreshing to me.

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    • I really enjoyed this course in a way I didn’t really think of. Sir Paul’s classes have always stood out to me as different from the norm, in a good way. I like the lesson organization, the motivational activities, and the fact that I don’t feel very overwhelmed by the lessons at all. I found myself looking forward to the lessons, and even though I believe some topics sort of lacked a little more practical application, I was overall satisfied with the way it was executed. Thanks Sir!
    • The main takeaway for me was the video-making project. Who would really have thought we would be making videos in a math class? I’m quite art-inclined myself, so it was something that I enjoyed taking part in. Thanks to my groupmates!
    • So yeah. Congratulations to everyone for living through it, and let’s see each other next time. Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Byebye~
     
  • Jairus Garcia 1:59 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 5: Synthesis 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Matrix! Because I have encountered this on a lot of my previous subjects and to be honest, I had no freaking idea what they where talking about; but not anymore! Thanks to this class. 🙂

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    F U N
    because, as the great Spongebob has once sung,
    “F is for Friends who do stuff together. (shoutout to my Intro Bois, u da best groupmates I ever had in mah layf)
    U is for you and me. Hi @sirprrr (best prof ever!!!)
    N is for anywhere and anytime at all. (because there is CS130 everywhere)”

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Enjoy your break (if thy exist) and good luck in life!

     
  • Patriz Cajaljal 1:49 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 5: Synthesis 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Determinants! It is our topic sa project, and I think I will always remember how to compute for the determinant of a matrix. 🙂

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    The best class of my semester! 🙂

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Thanks to everyone for making the class very enjoyable and informative, esp. to my groupmates sa proj and quizzes, and also kay Sir Paul! 🙂

     
  • Gerald Roy Campanano 1:47 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Vectors, because I am planning to create games this coming midyear, and reviewing/re-learning vectors is very essential to the type of games that I’m planning to create.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    This CS 130 is fun and awesome.

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    I will never forget the fun times we had in class, I will cherish my memories with my classmates, sir, and especially my groupmates forever.

     
  • Justo Balderas 1:27 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Dibs 

    Dibs pa? Ahaha

    Week 5: Synthesis


    • 1] Vectors dahil sa “you are a vector” thing sa post na “we are vectors”.
      2] Matrices dahil sa quote ni Margot Gerritsen, at dahil narin sa movie na The Matrix.
      3] Symmetry dahil shinare ko yung fractal music video sa kakilala kong grad ng music. Nalaman ko sa kanya na ganun daw yung music noong kapanahunan pa nila Bach, nakasulat lang. Wala pang recording, kaya para mapakinggan, kailangang tugtugin. Kaya yung mga demographic daw ni Bach, na-aappreciate yung patterns na ginawa niya kasi binabasa daw talaga nila.
      4] Change of basis dahil dun sa skewed/distorted picture thing ala photoshop.
    • Relationship.
      :)) Mema/meta nalang eh noh.
    • Yes naman, sipag magbasa oh. Salamat sa mga contributions nyo sa applications nung wk. 2, 3, & 4. Marami akong natutunan at narealize ko, dapat pala inaraw araw ko yung pagche-check ng post, hindi yung isahan lang at ‘at the end of the sem’ pa, kasi nakakamotivate nga talaga to learn kapag nakikita mo yung mga application.
     
  • Kyle Rosales 1:12 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    WALANG FOREVER (Week 5: Synthesis) 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    Siguro yung Fourier Transform kasi natutunan kong pwede parin kayong magkaintindihan kahit na puro mixed signals natatanggap mo, hahaha jk.

    It’s not really on the topic but I guess it’s on the teaching style as a whole. In the first post I mentioned that I like math but I don’t like it in a classroom setting. Well in this class it didn’t feel like a typical classroom setting. I liked how there was an “appreciation” for every lesson and we don’t just learn them because we have to but because the topics have an importance in real life.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    Appreciating math in computer  science.

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    I think everyone had fun, it was a great ride. Good luck to everyone and I hope we have a great future ahead of us. I’ll leave with a favorite quote from an anime I’ve started watching recently.

    Go beyond! PLUS ULTRA!

    (All Might, Boku No Hero Academia)

     
  • elkingmorado 1:08 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Matrices and matrix operations. In bioinformatics (my field of interest), there’s a process called SNP calling/analysis, or Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Analysis, where different sequences of different organisms are being compared, and the single change in base (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) can cause a lot of difference in the biology of the organisms (from simple coat color to life vs death). The problem is, we deal with organism vs nucleotide position table, which can span from 1000 x 1000 to 10,000 to hundreds of thousands– very big matrices. Though I haven’t tried it yet, there can be a lot of ways I can use my newly acquired knowledge about matrices and matrix operations on SNP analysis.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Math can be enjoyable and fun!

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    This CS 130 class proved that you can enjoy while learning, and you don’t have to stress out your students with a lot of requirements weekly,and make them sacrifice their health and social life for them to learn. 🙂

     
  • Miguel Sesdoyro 12:32 pm on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    synthesis – vectors and vector transforms 

    vectors and vector transforms made the biggest impact on me, mostly because I work with game engines like Unreal 4 and Unity as a hobby and have to use vectors and vector transforms on a regular basis to represent physics

    CS130 in summarized in one word is “math”

    my parting message to the class is I hope that everyone enjoys CS 131

     
  • Levi De Guia 11:37 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    FIN. 

    The topic that made an impact to me in class is vector. It was such a simple concept when I was introduced to it on my Physics classes but this course made me appreciate it more that vector is not just simply a Physics-Mathematics lesson and applied in Physics-related concepts such as force, weight, etc. Vectors are basically everywhere and the journal entries of my classmates somewhat prove that with various interesting real life applications of vectors. I liked Gaussian Elimination and Gauss-Jordan too although the experience solving it on the second exam was … UGH.

    If I can summarize this course in one word, it would be eigen. Because the course (and the professor too (: ) is a class of its own.

    Thank you sa mga naging groupmates ko sa quizzes! Thank you Sir for making each of your class session light and enjoyable. Good luck sa future endeavors.

     
  • Ryan Rivera 11:21 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Vectors. I think if not for Vectors, I would not be able to understand most of the topics in CS130. For me, Vectors served as the stepping-stone to greater things both in CS130 and in life.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Running Man!

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    I think that the song I’ll Make A Man Out Of You from Mulan (1998) perfectly depicts the class with Sir Paul as Captain Li Shang and the rest of us as Mulan, training and teaching the class with patience and determination with the goal of making true Iskolars ng Bayan out of his students. Thank you for not giving up on us, Sir Paul!

     
  • Arthur Yiu 11:19 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    RREF was the most impactful topic for me because I really hard a time time learning it and doing it properly. It felt so satisfying to be able to answer RREF problems since I studied hard how to do it and I could see that it paid off.

    FUN. CS130 was a class that I always looked forward to attend. It was fun not only for the games before the start of the class, but also for the discussions. The discussions weren’t dull which made it easier to learn the topics.

    Hope to see everyone in CS131!

     
  • Aira Pega 10:54 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    (5) Synthesis 

    I appreciated Linear Transformations the most because of its applications: RGB values, compressing images, digital media processing. Honestly, it’s hard to appreciate math kung puro solve lang but because of its applications, it’s easier and much more fulfilling to absorb the lessons kasi may kwenta pala yung ginagawa natin, ganun. I also enjoyed Gauss-Jordan elimination because it’s very useful and it really makes solving (systems of equation, inverse) easier. Feel ko isa ito sa mga topic na matatandaan ko pa rin n years from now kasi ang dami kong ginamit na papel for this hahaha.

    Running man will always remind me of CS 130. Simula nung pinapanood ni sir sa class, nagstart na rin ako manood and super nakahelp siya sa stressful sem na ‘to. Plus, yung mga games na ginawa sa class (!!!) and just like RM, pangpaalis din ng stress ang 130 dahil ang positive and fun ng class.

    Thank you and good luck sa remaining requirements!! Woo

     
  • Dana Redeña 9:58 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Thank you :) 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    • I will always remember one of the first classes we had where Sir told us that the applications of CS 130 are practically everywhere. As a person who is not really fond of doing math, those applications gave my a new perspective for mathematics. As for a “math” topic, I really enjoy transforming matrices into their Reduced Row Echelon Forms. I don’t know why I’m specifically fond of this but maybe because it just feels so satisfying once you get to have the final RREF matrix.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    • “A Paradigm Shift”

    This class has gave me a new pair of eyes in the way I look at mathematics and a CS student. For mathematics, I’ve learned to appreciate it more by knowing how much mathematics is all around us. For UP students, I’ve further appreciated how each CS student has a different skillset. I’m amazed on how much each of us has a different skill to offer for this class, and I’m very thankful that this is a kind of class that is open for that. Even though I’ve always questioned on how much further I can survive in CS because I’m not really great in math but now I’ve learned to appreciate the skills that I’m good at even more and to use these skills in order to still do my part in this CS journey.

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    • To everyone, congratulations for surviving this semester. It was difficult but our feats (no matter how small) are all moments of triumph that would remind us that we’ve made it and we we’ll make it again in the next stage. To Sir Paul, thank you for your passion and service for teaching and congrats for completing your thesis! We’re proud of you as you’ve believed are we’re proud of us first. Thank you 🙂
     
  • Mikayla Lopez 9:50 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    auf Wiedersehen ✨ 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Matrices, vectors, and linear transformations. It’s amazing to think how even the simplest things we encounter on a daily basis involve and embody these. (The colors and images that we see on-screen are alone basically a collection of vectors and matrices.) RREF is another thing. I find it difficult to reduce matrices to RREF and I have spent a heck ton of paper studying this, repeatedly going over just a single matrix on about three sheets of paper. I don’t like it, but I could never hate doing it. I wonder why, but I guess it’s the challenge in the trial and error that keeps me going whenever I tried solving this.
    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    ~Symbolism~
    Another word that came to my mind is firetruck, because of the firetruck problem, so, I guess that, too. :))

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    See you around~

     
  • Sig Encarnacion 8:11 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    On Fourier and Laplace transform: Sir, interesting ung gadget na nag-s-scan ng brain waves na dinemo niyo sa class. Iniisip ko tuloy kung pwede ba siyang gamitin as a means to know if a person is filtering out all criticism and is processing feedback only when it is positive i.e. praise.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    It was enjoyable, but I honestly wish for a more in-depth discussion of each of the topics.

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Keep on learning.

     
  • JD Laborada 7:44 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    Share your thoughts on the following questions:

    • Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
      • Change of basis – cool stuff, it was something that I never new was possible. Kala ko sa spy movies lang.
    • If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
      • The only class I looked forward to attend.
    • What would be your parting message to the class?
      • Sorry sa classmates ko kung maingay ako HAHAHAHA. I laborada u sir Paul! CONGRATZZ
     
  • Deanne Caingat 7:31 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
      – The topic that made an impact to me was changing of basis. Its application in real life (changing/shifting perspectives in images) seemed really useful and interesting. I find it fascinating because vectors and the math we think is useless in real life actually matters in this application.
    • If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
      – Besides from learning a lot, it was a fun class to attend to and there came a point where CS 130 was the only class I wanted to attend because of the interesting activities we had before the class started.
    • What would be your parting message to the class?
      – Yay walang hardcore proving nyahaha! and ty Sir Paul for the dp! Jk for the learning and experience! Ty classmates 4 bullying me, i’ll never forget the day you all wanted keel me because you thought i was the werewolf TWICE, not once, TWICE. Jk ty for being coolios. pizawt
     
  • Aliya Miranda 6:52 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Finale 

    • Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
      • I think I got interested the most when there was a video shown in class about repeating patterns in music but with different instruments and timing thus creating a melody
      • also the fire truck problem
    • If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
      • tons of activities/colorful
    • What would be your parting message to the class?
      • TAPOS NA ANG SEM YEEEEEEEEY
      • Thank you for a fun class 🙂 Lez do our best sa next majors~
     
  • Eliza Tan 6:10 am on May 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Yung mga related sa matrices(halos lahat pala) lalo na yung operations tapos RREF kasi sobrang nahirapan ako pero noong medyo na-gets ko na sobrang fulfilling. hehe. nag-enjoy rin ako kasi ang dami pala nilang applications :O parang everytime magpapakita ng example ng applications sa class napapanganga ako tapos lumalaki mata ko (kahit d halata)

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    This course is….challenging but very interesting. (Kung iisipin mo lang yung concepts siguro mahirap tapos boring pero dahil tinuro rin sa amin yung applications nila in real life, naging interesting)

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Thank you for the fun semester! See you around 🙂

     
  • Ethan Tan 7:49 pm on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Eigenvectors and change of basis are relatable to… 

    Eigenvectors and change of basis are relatable to image transformations.

    Interactive.

    Good luck.

     
  • JC Sun 5:16 pm on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Goodbye, CS 130 

    Transcript of my Final Interview for CS 130

    Interviewer: Please reintroduce yourself to the audience.
    Me: *faces audience* Hi. I’m [NAME REDACTED]. I’m a Computer Science student.

    Interviewer: What were your thoughts when you enrolled in this course?
    Me: Totoo naman yung sinabi ko before na natuwa ako na si Sir Paul prof, marami kasi ako naririnig na nag-enjoy yung friends ko sa classes niya. Yung tipong nag-enjoy sila sa classes na hindi ko naman na-enjoy. Kaya ayun, nag-expect talaga ako na maging enjoyable yung CS 130. Tapos ayun. Masaya nga! 🙂

    Interviewer: How comfortable are you with math?
    Me: Hindi ako comfortable talaga sa math, or siguro tamad lang talaga ako as a person. Pero ngayon looking back sa sem na ‘to, medyo naging comfortable din ako nang onti sa CS 130. 🙂

    Interviewer: What’s your dominant feeling right now?
    Me: Wala, eto bida bida nag-susulat ng mahabang journal entry. Jk. I don’t feel any pressure right now – tapos na rin kasi yung sem kaya medyo chill na. Kaya sinusulit ko na rin yung journal entry kasi baka di na ako magsulat ulit ng ganito haha.

    Interviewer: Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Me: Hindi ko na talaga maalala yung titles ng topics, sorry. Pero siguro nagkaroon ng impact sa akin yung isang day na may pinarinig si Sir sa amin na audio file na nagloloop forever *ata*. Yung maraming sound waves na iba’t ibang kulay tas nagooverlap yung tunog nila. Siguro kasi parang sabi nila lagi di ba “bakit ako nag-aaral nito hindi naman ‘to magagamit”, eh mahilig ako sa music. So parang naisip ko, may gamit din pala ‘to sa something that I like or something that I experience everyday. 😮

    Interviewer: If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Me: Aircon! Malamig kasi sa room. Sobra. Tapos sa lahat ng math related course na naexperience ko sa UP siguro ito yung pinaka-chill. Tapos cool pa yung prof! Oh, di ba? Wittyyyy.

    Interviewer: What would be your parting message to the class?
    Me: *takes a moment to wipe tears and asks for a bottle of water* Ayun, sana nag-enjoy din kayo as much as nag-enjoy ako sa CS 130. *drinks tubig* Salamat pala sa libreng tubig.

    Anyway, thank you classmates kasi ang fun niyo kasama tas ang funny ng mga ganap sa games lagi. Masaya dahil may games (Thanks sir!), pero kung wala namang g na players na willing mag-enjoy, sayang lang di baaa. Kaya thank you!

    Thanks din pala sa groupmates ko, ang dami ko rin natutunan sa inyo and sana may natutunan kayo sa akin. Sorry if sabaw ako minsan. 🙂 And salamat din sa mga namigay ng food sa akin na mga nakatabi ko kilala niyo na kung sino kayo! 🙂

    Thank you rin kay Sir Paul! Sorry pala nag-cut ako nung isang beses huhu pinagsisisihan ko talaga yun. Anyway, sana na-capture nitong interview yung pasasalamat at pag-enjoy ko sa class niyo sir! 😀

    Kitakits na lang klasmeyts, and congrats sa ating lahat! ❤

     
  • Angel Furio 3:51 pm on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The bear, the moon, and the Big Blue House… 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?

    • Vectors. Because of its interesting application I used in my vector journal topic (bees use vectors to communicate with the other bees the location of their food source). This is just one awesome application!
    • Differentiaru Equationaru (hehehe). This video topic of our group has been a challenge to us. It is quite difficult to explain it other than saying that these equations are just normal equations that involve derivatives. But it was so fun discovering real life applications of differential equations. There are just so many…:)

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?

    • CS 130 made Mathematics look fun *winkwink* 😉

    What would be your parting message to the class?

    Thank you for the super fun math adventure Sir Paul! The journals are also so helpful in exploring the applications of certain topics discussed in class. It made me search for awesome applications brought by these complicated math concepts. Thank you sir! ❤ 🙂

    “Goodbye, goodbye.. good friends goodbye
      And now, it’s time to go~
      But hey, I say, well that’s okay   
      ’cause I’ll see you very soon I know.. (very soon I know~~)

    -Goodbye song (Big Blue House)

     
  • Julius Carlo 11:27 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 5: Synthesis 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    The fire truck problem and finding an orthonormal basis using Gram-Schmidt process. Ang cool ng way ng pagsolve tsaka sa lahat ng problems na nasosolve ng math, dito ako naging pinaka-interesado.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Mathematical Methods in Computer Science 😀

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Salamat po at congrats!

     
  • Berna Misa 10:27 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s the end where I begin 

    If you get the reference of the title without googling it, apir! Hahaha. Wala lang. 😉

    The topic about matrices made an impact on me. Kasi, at its core, it’s a simple concept. Pero yung mga applications niya, WAGAS. Hahaha. Very useful even in real life situations. 😀

    Hmm. If I were to describe this class in a sentence, it would be, “This class really is really numerical.”

    I’m not sure if having no MPs as a requirement is a good thing, or a bad thing because throughout the sem, this course got me thinking, “Pano kaya i-poprogram itong mga inaaral namin. Haha. And how to actually optimize the programming solutions.” :))

    To my (legit) classmates (1-2:30 PM),

    Thank you for being a sport whenever we play a game in class. Hahaha.
    Sa mga naging classmate ko pag nagsisit in sa ibang class time, thank you for letting me sit on your supposed chair. Hehe. 😉

    Au revoir, mes amis! 😀

     
  • Jerico Silapan 5:14 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Unforgettable 

    The lesson I cannot forget is about RREF. First reason is that it’s really hard to reduce a matrix to it’s reduced echelon form. Second reason is, after the hardship in reducing a matrix, the output will make every other problems “easier” to solve. So I think that since we dealt with matrices almost all semester, learning how to reduce on to RREF, will surely be helpful and will make things easier.

    EXCITING. The fact that this is my class every Wednesday and Friday, the games, classmates, prof, and how the lessons are delivered stops me from being lazy to not attend the class. I’m always excited on what would be the activity for the day and what are the lessons to be discussed.

    THANK YOU EVERYONE! Thank you Sir Paul for your patience, hard work, and passion in teaching. I’m sorry if at some point, I did not give my best, yet you gave yours. I’m really sorry. I also want to thank all of my classmates for the fun experiences you all have brought. I like to give my a special gratitude to my quizmates and projectmates for the friendship and carrying me at hard times. Thank you everyone! :))

     
  • Alezon Valerio 5:11 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s finally time to say “farewell” 

    The topic that I appreciated the most is Determinants. I just felt like it’s the one topic I’d never forget considering it is being used by a bunch of other subjects *ahem* Stat 130 *ahem* and also by bunch of other topics. I just think that it’d be something I could use often and is the most worth taking to heart.

    It’s a “ray of hope” amidst Physics 72, CS 145, Stat 130, CS 199, and CS 180.

    Ravan guys.

     
  • Rafa Cantero 2:47 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    I really enjoyed the laplace and fourier transform since I feel those topics had the most practical applications. I enjoyed having to research about these for the previous blog post.

    If I had to summarize the class in one sentence, it would be: Actually applying theory.
    Even though its not applicable for all topics, I was really happy that there were a lot of practical applications that were discussed. I came into the class expecting a lot of topics that would never help me at all in real life but I’m thankful this wasn’t the case.

    I’d just like to say thank you sir for the great experience this sem and thanks as well to the rest of the class. I really enjoyed CS 130! 😀

     
  • Haifa Gaza 4:36 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Ughh… Haifa Vector 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    Baasiiiss! Hahaha it is our final project topic, and we won two awards! It was fun making the video. I learned that Michelle Scalar can’t be stopped (I’ll get back to you, buddy). Anywaayyss, yes, basis. its application is coool. Remeber that change of perspective photo? AMAZZEEENNGG!

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    HAAAAHHH ~(‘.’~) (~’.’)~

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    See you arouunnd mahfreennss ❤ THESISING NA NIYANN HOHOHO! Good luck sa atin! Let's enjoy the coming years, yes yes yes! \('.')/ \('.')/ \('.')/

    OMG SIR PAUL SEE YOU AROUND 🙂 CONGRAATTSSSS HIHI Very inspirational parting wooords. I'm glad I took your class!

     
  • Theo Yap 4:19 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Photo-*chuckles*-SYNTHESIS :D heeeh? HEEEEH?! *cricket noises* 

    Well… That was fast… but OK. Definitely not an easy semester, but can’t say it wasn’t a good learning experience.

    Linear transformations and matrices made the most impact on me even if they were the ones I had a hard time understanding. These topics are used a lot in VFX, which is something I love and am very passionate about. There’s a certain bliss in learning how something you like very much works, and in a way, it gives meaning to what you do. I also liked Fourier Transform even if we just brushed over it briefly. It felt tangible, and that makes sense to me. Also, apparently you can use it to encrypt and decrypt information, and that intrigues me.

    This course has been… stressful to say the least, but I think that’s my problem since I really just have a hard time understanding these kinds of math as opposed to say AI.

    Well, my message to the class… hm… It’s no secret that I’m delayed, and most if not all of the subjects I’m taking right now are being taken by Batch 2014. To be taking 3rd year subjects with batch 2014 is humbling to say the least, but I guess the entire UP experience is humbling haha. I didn’t get to interact with you all so much except for the groups, but I had fun taking the class with all of you. And to Sir Paul, thank you for being patient with all of us (and I think especially me, I know I’m not the brightest student, and a not very easy one to teach), and thank you for making the classes more lively with your unconventional activities and teaching methods. It makes the hardcore math way more bearable. Also, congrats Sir!

    I wish everyone the best. Good luck to you all!

     
  • Abby del Castillo 4:01 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Wasabi desu! (bye friends!) 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    The topic about differential equations made me more aware that math is everywhere! Also, I had to really learn the topic so that we can teach it in our video haha. Solving differential equations may be a long process but it’s actually cool when I get an answer after integrating and deriving multiple times. Even though the topic is hard, I learned to appreciate it more when we did the final project.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Awzum

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Thanks for the sem guys! Our final project is done woo! Congrats to all!! ❤

     
  • Camille Razal 2:15 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOUUUU 

    • Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
      • Laplace and Fourier Transform and Vectors made an impact to me in class, especially when I am researching for the journals. I realized that we are really inded use complex mathematics like these in our everyday lives. Math is around us. It can be found and used in the simplest things like when you are asking for directions and it can also be applied in complex things like MRI. After CS 130 I learned how to look for the hidden mathematical complexities of things.
    • If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
      • MATHEMATICS
    • What would be your parting message to the class?
      • THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!
      • MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT KAY SIR PAUL DAHIL FOREVER AWESOME AND KIND AND THOUGHTFUL NIYA TALAGA SA MGA STUDENTS NIYA HUHUHU Thank you very very much for being that kind of prof to us, a prof who has the heart for his students. (sobrang nafeel ko yun nung minove ni sir yung deadline nung video ❤ )
      • THANK YOU SA FUN AND CHILL KONG CLASSMATES, SEE YOU AROUND GUYS!!!!
      • sorry din pala dahil medyo butaw ako sa class na ito pero nevertheless IT WAS AN AWESOME CLAAAAAAAASSS!!!!
    • CONGRATS DIN PALA KAY SIR PAUL FOR HAVING ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEM OF TEACHING AAAAAAANNDDD PATAPOS NA SIYA SA THESIS NIYAAAAA ❤ ❤ ❤
     
  • Jade De Guzman 11:51 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Synthesis 

    The topic that made the most impact to me is about vectors. I think in every topic in this course, vectors are involved that’s why. But the reason why it made an impact on me is because I have heard and learned things about vectors for the past years of my life. We learned about it in high school, physics, and some of our math courses in college but CS 130 gave it a new image to me. That it’s just not used in physics which is what I’ve really thought before. There are a lot of things that use vectors in our daily life and it’s just amazing, I think that this is the Computer Science major magic lol, that just knowing how things work gives something like fulfillment or feeling like you’ve achieved something for knowing these stuff.

    FUN. I think all of the courses handled by Sir Paul are fun. He was my professor in my CS 12 large class but being handled in a smaller classroom is much more comfortable. I like that there are ice breakers before class start and we were able to get to know new people and new shows to watch because of it. Honestly speaking, I really don’t know why I’m in this degree program but I really made an effort in this course. It made me feel my love for mathematics again.

    It was a fun semester, everyone. See you around!

    AND ALSO CONGRATS KAY SIR PAUL KASI GAGRADUATE NA SIYA OMG SIR LIBRE NAMAN!!! ❤

     
  • Jennie Ablog 11:03 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    MATHEMAGIC: Don’t hate, appreciate. 

    The greatest topic ever that made an impact to me, is everything about vectors. And this isn’t because that is our topic for the final project, no. It’s because I think that CS130 kinda revolved around the idea of vectors. We discussed about vectors and the basic operations first. The next topics which are more complex were built upon this sort of foundation from our understanding of vectors. And I liked how this learning experience flowed smoothly. Well for me, at least. I never really had a hard time understanding it, because the class made me realize how simple it could really be!

    If I could summarize the whole class in one word, it would be “mathemagic.” Hahaha. Some of the students here might get the reference, some won’t. Idk which one is luckier. But anyway! I got this term from another professor from another subject with the number 130 (“one-three-zero”) in it too. Never really appreciated the “mathemagic” in that class. 😦 But in CS 130, I sure as heck did! My favorite part of every lecture is having to know how to apply these concepts in the real world, which made me appreciate math a whole lot more. I strongly believe that every maths class should all turn out to be a maths appreciation class, not the kind that would make math less interesting just because it is hard to do. Luckily for all of us (opinion ko po i2), CS130 is not of the latter kind!

    Honestly, I really didn’t think I would perform really well in this CS subject, let alone in any of my CS majors. Computer Science is really, really, really, really hard. But what motivates me to stay in this course is my appreciation for its real world applications, and how it could equip us with the tools, and all the mathematics, that would make us understand more deeply this world we are living in. And thus be able to actually help the field, science, and all of humanity progress. Huhuhuhuhuhu. So with that, I leave this parting message for my #klasmeyts (another reference, oops): Good job guys! Sa lahat ng nasa CS pa, laban lang!!! Kaya natin to! WOOOOHH!!!!

    PS: Let this be an appreciation post for all the great teachers that don’t make our lives a living hell and math a source of unbearable pain. Thank you Sir Paul! ❤

    PPS: This wordpress blog/journal thing has actually increased my appreciation for the subject. I am actually thinking of starting my own blog/journal to develop my appreciation on other stuff too! Thanks for the idea, Sir!

     
  • Christine Felizardo 11:01 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Avisala Meiste! 

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    This might seem like I’m biased with differential equations… which I am. I’ve always been intrigued about what differential equations are and what purpose they serve in the universe, and a good portion of my questions have been answered. So many things in the world are represented by differential equations, and DEs basically give us an idea of the one thing that is constant in this world: change.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    Wildt.

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Hello reader! It’s been a very tough sem for all of us but the end is coming by soon! Hang in there! We can do it! ❤

     
  • Roben Delos Reyes 10:34 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    R5 Synthesis 

    Week 5: Synthesis

    Which topic/s in class made an impact to you? Why?
    The topic that made an impact on me was the first order ODE because I had fun learning it. It was difficult but it made me miss the Math 53 series.

    If you can summarize this course in one word or sentence, what would it be?
    If I can summarize this course in one word, it would be MATH. Although I’m already too lazy to solve math problems (as I have mentioned in the introduction), this course made me realize that I still enjoy doing it.

    What would be your parting message to the class?
    Thank you for the semester! It is finally over. Sleep well, everyone. 🙂

     
  • AF Formaran 9:29 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Life’s Reality and Imagination

    Our lives are like complex numbers. There’s the reality we live in everyday, where we bring forth ideas into something we can sense and comprehend. And there’s the imaginary, where we cower away into the deepest depths of our minds like the artists we are, thinking and manifesting.

    It all starts there. The mixture, the blending, the fusion of real and imaginary. From there roots all we have now, and what we will have in the future.

    CS 130 is like the fundamentals of something grander.

    We started off with complex numbers in CS 130, and from there, we kept on upgrading to harder and harder topics. Such is the growth of students. We first receive the simplest of tools, and using those tools, we are taught to create more complex ones.

    I guess the road of a computer science student is still a long one, but at least, we have progressed further than where we were yesterday.

     
  • JC Albano 9:26 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    CS 130 Synthesis 

    I guess for me the topics that stood out were actually linear combinations and vectors. Vectors cause they’re already so familiar as having been taught in a lot of my classes and linear combinations cause of the project (I had to restart the process of recording like a million times cause my computer was slowwwww so now the topic was embedded unto my mind).

    I’d summarize the whole classroom experience into one word: “Fun”. I guess that for me is the defining factor of all of Sir Paul’s classes. It’s something that I look forward to every Wednesdays and Fridays cause it’s like we’re just having a very interesting conversation, very different from your typical classroom experience. And I don’t dread the tests as much, as reviewers are provided which for me were so helpful in actually appreciating the course itself rather than stress over if I’m gonna pass or not.

    Parting Message: Good job everyone! Especially to my final project group, and especially to Theo who tried his best to remind everyone the deadlines (and what should be done) and save the project lol

    Kudos to everyone!

     
  • Don Abril 8:14 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Matrices Everywhere 

    Yet another semester has ended to culminate in another myriad of memories to cherish.

    The lesson that made an impact on me was the one about Gauss-Jordan Elimination kasi impakto talaga yung topic na yun. But in all seriousness, I’d say the lesson held enough of my attention to make more or less of an impact on me, as I found it quite curious and annoyingly interesting that you can turn certain matrices of not-so-friendly values into ones that look so simple and friendly that they’d be puppies had they been animals.

    I’d summarize the course with one word: MATRICES. I’m willing to bet that not one of the students who took the course would deny the sheer amount of matrices that we saw over the semester. Funnily, I have been encountering matrix multiplication since my first year in college, each time having to ask how it worked because somehow the process didn’t ever get through my thick skull. However, thanks to CS 130, I don’t see myself forgetting this again.

    Final words, well well.

    I give my thanks to Sir Paul. It is commendable that you are not only an effective instructor, but also a friend among us students.

    I thank my project groupmates (most of whom also happen to be my quiz groupmates, and for which I also give thanks) for the final project, and for being some of the new friends I’ve made this semester. Special thanks to Paul Sason na nagsalba sa final project woohoo!

    Lastly, my classmates also receive my gratitude. I don’t know every one of you, but I don’t mind. We had fun.

    Cheers, and see you around! 🙂

     
  • Paul Rossener 5:48 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    We are Vectors 

    Teaching this course for the first time gave me a fresh perspective on the world of numbers, and how it affects us in real life. Although I’ve been using vectors and matrices, and differential equations in my research, this course has revealed to me several other ways that these mathematical constructs may be used.

    For me, the lesson which I most enjoyed teaching would be linear transformations. It is simply beautiful to see a transformation matrix illustrated on a graph, and watch the vector subspace literally transform into another form. Surely, the next time I’ll use image editors, I’ll be thinking about what kind of transformation matrices are behind them.

    As Margot Gerritsen once said, Equations define relationships. And relationships and connections are all around us. And for me, that’s what this course is all about. Matrices allow us to encode realities in our world. Images, sounds, signals: all of these can be represented by a matrix. Differential equations are relationships of change; change of force with respect to mass, or change of population with respect to time. So through this course, we learn to see the connections all around us. And by seeing these connections, we can come up with better solutions for our problems.

    Finally, I’d like to leave this statement to my students: you are a vector.

    As a vector, you have a magnitude, an impact to the world. You are an influencer. Whether it’s positive or negative will be all up to you. And so I hope you’ll take extra care on your actions and words.

    Aside from magnitude, you also have a direction. You are going somewhere. And as long as you keep on going, you’ll reach your destination soon enough.

    Sometimes you might feel like a zero vector, stuck at the origin, seemingly pointing nowhere. But remember, even the zero vector has its importance: with it, we can find the null space; and with the null space, we can find the solution to homogeneous linear systems. In short, even if you think you are a zero vector, you can still be part of the solution.

    And as long as you are trying your best to improve yourselves, then you are making good use of your magnitude, and surely, you’re heading to the right direction.

     

    I’d like to thank everyone for a wonderful semester. With that, our CS130 course ends here.

    May our relationships to the each other and to the world be of high magnitude and far-reaching direction. Thank you.

     
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