Student: (interrputing me when I was explaining something about the simulator) But it is still a simulator right. It is not actual hardware.
Me: (getting a little irritated): Yes, but what the hardware is doing, is but a simulation of some computation. Right?
Student: (most probably not getting the gist of it): um.. right.
Me: (trying to make a bigger point and forgetting it is a class): What do you think is real?
Student: (reasonably confused, and most probably thinking I am being aggressive) Well. I think I get your point.
Me: (understanding that this is a CS course and not one on reality and trying to get back to the point): You understand that the simulator is powerful right?
(I walk away)
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Was talking to an EE student, who is taking the course for which I am a TA. [Context: We are using a simulator of hardware instead of following the actual method of previous years when things were "actually taken to the board". I was explaining to the student that, by using a simulator, they can think at a higher level of abstraction and thereby do more powerful things.]
Posted by ramakrishna u at 1/31/2006 09:37:00 AM