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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 22:25:14 GMT
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John Woodgate wrote:
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Chuck Simmons
> wrote (in <3D8DE5F9.C7C550D1@webaccess.net>)
> about 'American vs foreign electrical parts and installations', on Sun,
> 22 Sep 2002:
> >John Woodgate wrote:
> > A teacher asked me to define 'turmoil'. Apparently, it's what you
> >> have to allow a little of in order to get through the school term
> >> (British English for 'semester') without too much friction and heat.
> >Perhaps 'termoil' is a better spelling?
> Only in the opinion of teachers relatively recently trained. Or is that
> 'teechers'? Still, it's better than 'semesteroil'.(;-)
Actually, in the US there are several systems running around. The
semester system is probably closest to what you are used to and what I
went through one way and another in a highly protracted educational
career. There is also the quarter system. It is still current at some
schools although the University of Utah is the only one I can name at
the moment. Colorado College just a few miles up the road downtown uses
the block system. A student can only take one course per block. A block
is about three weeks. The university, another couple of miles up the
road, uses the semester system. Semester and term are almost synonyms
here. When I taught at UCCS, the syllabus I was given by the course
supervisor always had a "midterm" exam on it. I had to be a bit flexible
in creating the exam because the syllabus and I had synchronization
problems mainly driven by blank stares from the students. I sometimes
wondered if the person who wrote the syllabus ever taught the course.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org
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