On Fri, 23 Apr 2004 06:27:28 -0500, David C. Ullrich <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>The advice is what Rusin already said: next time you take the >course _learn_ the definitions, _precisely_. Word for word. >You need to know the definitions well enough that when you >see the word "basis" the phrase "independent spanning set" >pops into your head _immediately_, without a moment's >thought. > >Probably it's too late for that this semester,
Although this professor's pessimism is warranted, based on his experience and on what little we know of the OP from the posting, that doesn't necessarily mean the *student* should be pessimistic yet. There's a whole weekend (plus?) before the test, and the concepts *can* be learned in that amount of time if sufficient organization and diligence are put in. Talk to your professor if possible, and in any case plan out your study so you can follow Rusin's excellent advice first and still have time to do some problems and proofs (which may begin to make more sense to you). Consider it a challenge.
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