Alma Mater, Volume 2: Or, Seven Years at the University of by John M. F. Wright

By John M. F. Wright

John Martin Frederick Wright deals a full of life account of Cambridge college in Alma Mater; Or, Seven Years on the collage of Cambridge. released anonymously in 1827, Wright's two-volume paintings captures the triumphs and tribulations of undergraduate existence at Cambridge, established upon his personal years as an aspiring mathematician at Trinity university. This moment quantity covers Wright's final undergraduate years and reports as a personal instruct, including copies of examinations and lists of scholarships on hand in any respect the universities. Wright devoted his profession as a author and personal coach to supporting scholars be triumphant at collage, and Alma Mater is designed to supply mom and dad and aspiring scholars perception into the arrangements, highbrow in addition to monetary, precious for fulfillment. A lively defence of Cambridge traditions within the face of broader academic reforms, Alma Mater additionally brings to existence a interval of severe highbrow task in British arithmetic.

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On one occasion did I attend this exhibition, certainly, and that once was enough. " But whilst all were " on the tiptoe of expectation/' for the work of the knife, the Professor and his assistants were preparing for the inflation. I once received an epistle from a student " walking the hospitals," stating, by way of excuse for his brevity, that his desk was the back of an old lady, but even this had not prepared me for the scene that was now on the tapis. The Professor, presenting himself before an assemblage of two or three hundred of the University, gives orders for the inflation to * The Public Men of that name were growing so numerous that it was now becoming necessary to have some praenomens, whereby to distinguish them.

King was a man of strong intellect naturally, and had, moreover, highly cultivated it—but he possessed not the ready invention, the scrutinizing penetration of Bird. Although the former was a tolerable adept at Problems, yet the latter at such exercises would far outstrip him. They were both men of high talents, although so diflPerent in degree and quality, that I could not easily say who was the superior. The Annual June Examination now again taking place, relieved those of the Third Year, for a space, from the severity of study; having numerous friends amongst the examinees, and being, moreover, on the alert for examination papers.

T-:L + :L + &c. 6 J +&c. ) 9. ) Solve the fluxional equation x 2 - i-_£«-o 44 SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATION. 10. If A + B be less than a semicircle, Sm ' ^ B ver. sin. A ^ ver. sin. B , -— : ^ ; :rad. 2 ' 2 A+ B sin. 11. If P be put for the semi-perimeter of a spherical triangle, the sides of which are denoted by a, b, c, and the opposite angles by A, B, C, sin. P sin. 2 AA = sm. b sin. c 12. The upper extremity of an inclined plane being given, to determine its position, so that the time shall be a minimum, in which a body falls down it and afterwards moves to a given point in the horizontal plane, with that part of its acquired velocity, which is not destroyed by its impact on the horizontal plane.

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