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I'm working on a project with a professor for my MS. It's computational, and I am currently stuck at a critical point. I can physically justify some assumptions and get the model to work, but I can't do so mathematically. They would be mathematically arbitrary.

I'm working to resolve this problem through more research, but it doesn't seem anybody has solved this specific problem before.

I show him what I've done, and he looks clueless. As if he doesn't know why I'm required to do what I have done, even though my premise is correct.

So I don't know how to mathematically derive the arbitrary values I used, and he doesn't even know what I'm doing, and doesn't have any clue as to how to go about deriving such values.

What am I supposed to do? I'll continue researching and/or hope for a breakthrough, but what if I don't have one? I can't defend my thesis by doing what I've done. Especially given one of the committee members is a math professor, and I just know he's going to grill me for the approximations I've used throughout this project anyway. I can't compound that by using mathematically arbitrary values. He's not going to be thrilled.

The engineering members of the committee I can probably convince if the results are empirically verified, but not a mathematician.

I don't have to defend for another 10 months, but I'm nervous about my status. I don't have much left to do after I can mathematically derive the values in question and get good results, but that's another issue. I need to give myself a lot of time to make sure my results are empirically verified, and make revision accordingly.

I'm working to resolve this problem through more research, but it doesn't seem anybody has solved this specific problem before.

I show him what I've done, and he looks clueless. As if he doesn't know why I'm required to do what I have done, even though my premise is correct.

So I don't know how to mathematically derive the arbitrary values I used, and he doesn't even know what I'm doing, and doesn't have any clue as to how to go about deriving such values.

What am I supposed to do? I'll continue researching and/or hope for a breakthrough, but what if I don't have one? I can't defend my thesis by doing what I've done. Especially given one of the committee members is a math professor, and I just know he's going to grill me for the approximations I've used throughout this project anyway. I can't compound that by using mathematically arbitrary values. He's not going to be thrilled.

The engineering members of the committee I can probably convince if the results are empirically verified, but not a mathematician.

I don't have to defend for another 10 months, but I'm nervous about my status. I don't have much left to do after I can mathematically derive the values in question and get good results, but that's another issue. I need to give myself a lot of time to make sure my results are empirically verified, and make revision accordingly.

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