Tackling a Few Tough Assignments

For a civil engineering assignment, students were given random tasks to figure out how to complete. I was given the task of learning how to create a successful slab on grade construction. I found some information in my text book that was helpful, but I wasn’t able to figure out the rest using it. Someone suggested that I try using a slab on grade design spreadsheet to solve my problem. It seemed like an obvious answer to my problem, but the thought of it never crossed my mind until someone else said it.

I was able to find a website with the spreadsheet that I needed. I checked to make sure the spreadsheet didn’t have any unnecessary macros on it, because I didn’t want it to ruin my results. The spreadsheet turned what had been a multiple days problem for me into something that was solved in a few hours. I submitted the results to my teacher and he gave me a passing grade for the assignment. The next day, we had our usual class lecture, and then he gave us an even harder assignment than the last one. The assignment was similar in that we had to find out how to do a task, but the tasks were more difficult.

Instead of panicking, I just looked in the book to find whatever I could about the assignment. Once I hit a wall on the amount of information I could find, I went back to the website where I found the first spreadsheet and looked for one that corresponded to the information I needed. I found the spreadsheet and finished the problem in a couple of hours, leaving me with some extra time to do some studying for the civil engineering test that would be coming up in a couple of weeks.


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