It has been rumored lately that there would be no examination this year in Physics A on account of the small number of lectures delivered. We hope that this will prove to be true, for it would seem to be the wisest plan. Only seven lectures have been delivered this spring in place of the usual twelve. Then, too, it is almost impossible to take notes in this course on account of the darkness of the lecture-room during seven-eighths of the hour. It certainly does not seem reasonable to examine men upon their knowledge of facts and views given in lectures where it is not possible to take copious notes.
It is notorious, too, that the examinations in Chemistry A and Physics A have been merely formal. If, then, the examinations of previous years in Physics A (when twelve lectures were given) have been mere matters of form, the examinations this year must be even more so, since but seven lectures have been given, and those not under the most favorable auspices. It would certainly under these circumstances seem the wisest plan to omit the examination in Physics A.