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by lu6cifer
Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 161837

Re: Your Schedule

I think I have it down to 19-ish hours a week, which is more or less typical for engineers at my school.


EDIT: Changed "day" to "week"...19 hours a day would be hellish. Thanks for the catch GrammarBolshevik.
by lu6cifer
Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 161837

Re: Your Schedule

Here's my tentative schedule:

CHEM 101
CHEM LAB
MATH 116 (Multivariable)
MATH 202 (A Freshmen Seminar in proving things)
Writing Seminar
Intro to bioengineering

This adds up to about 22 hours per week...I am in the engineering program, but is 22 hours too much perhaps?
by lu6cifer
Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What I Wish I Knew at the Beginning of my Math Degree
Replies: 21
Views: 4452

Re: What I Wish I Knew at the Beginning of my Math Degree



Everything's a REPOST*!!!
Actually, I saw this post and had the exact same thought you did.



*Well, not technically, since it's by the same person.
by lu6cifer
Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 60380

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

Actually, I think the character of Zampano is based on Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentinian author who also wrote about labyrinths and dreams and things within things and whatnot. Plus the fact that Borges apparently loved a woman named Beatriz (Like Zampano), and Borges was also nearing blindn...
by lu6cifer
Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Which order to learn math topics in?
Replies: 24
Views: 16266

Re: Which order to learn math topics in?

Well, in high school, it's usually Alg2 Geometry Pre-Calc Calculus In college, you'll usually have to take Calcs I, II, III, lin algebra/matrices, diffeqs, and so on, but sometimes differential equations is doable with only Calcs I and II. Analysis is fundamental, but it's really considered a high l...
by lu6cifer
Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: School Education vs Independent Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 6040

School Education vs Independent Learning

This happens to me every school year: When school starts, I come in, ready to learn whatever--Spanish, English, American History, Physics, Biology, Calculus, etc...But this feeling doesn't last long, and eventually I start getting bored of my classes, and although I do my work, I find a lot of it ki...
by lu6cifer
Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Doomsday Rule
Replies: 13
Views: 3518

Re: The Doomsday Rule

What is it, specifically, that you don't understand? They line up because 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10, and 12/12 are all 63 days apart, which is divisible by 7. (And the last day of February is 35 days before 4/4, whether it happens to be the 28th or 29th.) hrmmm, I guess that was kinda laziness on my par...
by lu6cifer
Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Doomsday Rule
Replies: 13
Views: 3518

The Doomsday Rule

The Doomsday algorithm, created by John Conway, is a way to calculate the day of the week of any given date. Wikipedia Link Does anyone know why this works? Conway's algorithms aren't making much sense to me, and the wikipedia page doesn't offer much explanation. Besides his calculations, one thing ...
by lu6cifer
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 176602

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

H2G2--Douglas Adams Dune--Frank Herbert Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov Childhood's End--Arthur C. Clarke The Mysterious Island--Jules Verne Snow Crash--Neal Stephenson Ringworld--Larry Niven Journey to the Center of the Earth--Jules Verne The Grapes of Wrath--John Steinbeck East of Eden--John Steinbeck 19...
by lu6cifer
Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Game Buzzers
Replies: 3
Views: 1009

Re: Game Buzzers

Yeah, we do want lights/LEDs and a lock-out mechanism. And like you said, it doesn't seem too complicated, but for some reason, they're really expensive. My friend thinks that these buzzer-selling companies are just ripping people off...
by lu6cifer
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Game Buzzers
Replies: 3
Views: 1009

Game Buzzers

I wanted to purchase a few sets of game buzzers to train my math team, but the prices I encountered were outrageous--about $150 for an 8-player buzzer system! I was shocked that something so simple could cost so much. So I was wondering, what makes the design of game buzzers so expensive? Is there s...
by lu6cifer
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is carnegie mellon a good cs university?
Replies: 13
Views: 2384

Re: Is carnegie mellon a good cs university?

Intrepid wrote:
Username4242 wrote:They have lots of gates.

and windows... stained glass ones too I bet


Stained with red, blue, green and yellow?
by lu6cifer
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?
Replies: 11
Views: 5116

Re: Math Fetish: Neurologically Impossible? Implausible?

Well, rule 34...
by lu6cifer
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Science Fiction: Body Parts
Replies: 89
Views: 8817

Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Wings, anyone? Who wouldn't want to fly? And also some hollow bones and feathers too. RETRACTABLE feathers (since retractability seems to be a common theme in this thread)
by lu6cifer
Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2936776

Re: Postify your facerity

Prepare for nerd envy That's me and Sen. John Glenn on top of a mountain in Great Smokey Mountains NP. Is there a story behind this encounter? Sorta. I recently was on a trip to the great smokey mountains. On the last day I was there my dad my brother and I went to what is the highest point in the ...
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering school vs general science/liberal artsy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2215

Re: Engineering school vs general science/liberal artsy?

Sorry for bumping (and for double posting), but I had another question sort of relating to this-- Will the department you apply to affect the school's decision on whether or not to admit you? Because another reason I'm deciding on engineering vs general science/liberal arts is that for many colleges...
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5128

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

The fact that trigonometry has its own course is absurd. It doesn't have its own course, it is taught as part of an introductory analytic geometry course, and it is just as much a part of the subject as conics, differentiation, and integration. Maybe you should read the maxh's post again: In my loc...
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes
Replies: 51
Views: 7847

Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Me thinks this rule must be made piecewise.
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5128

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

Like everyone else posting, I think it'd be a terrible mistake to replace trigonometry with calculus. As mentioned, a lot of trigonometric formulas pop up a lot in calculus (a simple example, taking the derivative of 2sinxcosx is much simpler if you know that 2sinxcosx = sin(2x)), plus it adds to th...
by lu6cifer
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering school vs general science/liberal artsy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2215

Re: Engineering school vs general science/liberal artsy?

Thanks for the responses guys! It's given me some stuff to think about. It's not that I want to do biomedical engineering specifically. I want to study something that will encompass biology, physics/engineering, computer science, and mathematics, and I figured biomed would cover most of those in my ...
by lu6cifer
Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering school vs general science/liberal artsy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2215

Engineering school vs general science/liberal artsy?

As senior year approaches, I'm starting to research and apply for colleges, and I'm at somewhat of a dilemma. My interests are primarily math/science based, and a bunch of the schools that I'm looking at have both schools of engineering and schools of science/art (E.g., to name a few, Upenn's School...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Petersen Giraffe
Replies: 13
Views: 7057

Re: The Petersen Giraffe

Nah, I had Lily's permission to post her name. At least I didn't give her last name...
by lu6cifer
Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Petersen Giraffe
Replies: 13
Views: 7057

Re: The Petersen Giraffe

Um, so my friend Lily from math camp drew up the Giraffe because I was too lazy to...
So here it is:
PetersenGiraffe.jpg


The marvelous artist is a professor at Warren Wilson College named Evan Wantland. Apparently he was bored during some seminar and decided to mess around with the Petersen graph.
by lu6cifer
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Petersen Giraffe
Replies: 13
Views: 7057

Re: The Petersen Giraffe

Although this post is over a year old, I feel compelled to respond...
At math camps, one of the topics was graph theory, and our professor happened to be the creator of the Petersen Giraffe

If you still want it, I'd be happy to draw it up for you.
by lu6cifer
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 6945

Re: How many organisms can be coded using DNA?

Essah wrote:I first read orgasms...does that label me something?


nah, that's what I read it as.
Unless that also labels me as something <.<
by lu6cifer
Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Neal Stephenson: Where to start?
Replies: 33
Views: 42537

Re: Neal Stephenson: Where to start?

I've only read Snow Crash, and I have to admit that Stephenson does an amazing job with the action scenes, which entertained me more than I expected.
by lu6cifer
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: So I tried...
Replies: 6
Views: 1537

Re: So I tried...

If you found it too unwieldy, you probably should have tried logarithmic differentiation ;)
by lu6cifer
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Piracy and Libraries
Replies: 36
Views: 7728

Re: Piracy and Libraries

To answer the OP, the main distinction between a library and scanning a book for torrenting is the morality of your action, and the morality depends on your intent. Buying a book and scanning it for distribution is just as immoral as borrowing a library book for the same purpose, but it's permissibl...
by lu6cifer
Tue May 18, 2010 3:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate my life
Replies: 19
Views: 2758

Re: I hate my life

I believe the beta ends at the end of may. As for me, I denied a beta key because I knew that it'd fuck me over during exams. Though I have played it. Besides, the real game comes out in July, so it's not that long of a wait. Two of my friends, on the other hand, apparently didn't care about exams. ...
by lu6cifer
Tue May 18, 2010 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trig
Replies: 14
Views: 2239

Re: Trig

Pick up a barron's SAT II Math book and make sure you know everything on there.
(Aside from matrices and vectors and shit...at least, those aren't covered in our curriculum)
by lu6cifer
Sat May 08, 2010 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Iron Man 2
Replies: 78
Views: 10558

Re: Iron Man 2

I thought it was kind of weird/funny/nonsensical when Hammer

Spoiler:
Stole Vanko's shoes and pillows and bird...
by lu6cifer
Tue May 04, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need some understanding.
Replies: 13
Views: 1967

Re: Need some understanding.

Eebster the Great wrote:
dean.menezes wrote:Also "L'Hôspital's rule" has an circumflex on the o.

Don't you mean "L'Hôpital's rule?"


Actually, I've seen it spelled either way.
by lu6cifer
Tue May 04, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amount of Sleep each Night
Replies: 21
Views: 2013

Amount of Sleep each Night

Interval notation FTW!!!

I was interested so I made a poll. And here's a bonus question---does the amount of sleep you get actually have a noticeable effect on your performance?

EDIT: changed the hours to intervals of one
by lu6cifer
Tue May 04, 2010 2:56 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!
Replies: 96
Views: 10787

Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Calc Wednesday, probably a 5, especially with the huge curve
Then APUSH Friday...err...4? Maybe?

Bio and E&M Monday..Bio should be a 5, dunno about E&M though
by lu6cifer
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4735

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

I also agree that humanities seems to be mostly about memorization, and not much else. (Yes, there is connecting concepts and such, but it's mostly memorization) Provided you have some decent memorization tricks, you should be all set. Understanding mathematical concepts, in my opinion, is related ...
by lu6cifer
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does the college you go to actually matter?
Replies: 13
Views: 3193

Does the college you go to actually matter?

As a junior in high school, I've been pondering this question throughout the year. I'm a pretty good student, and I have a bunch of extracurriculars among other things, so chances are I'll probably get into a good college. But even if I attend a sub-par college--sub-par relative to my aspired colleg...
by lu6cifer
Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8915603

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

I had a weird way of perceiving/remembering my left and right. Years ago, when I was still trying to differentiate between my left and my right, I remember assigning left as the position of a coat rack in my room, and assigning right as the position of a painting. And actually, I realize that that's...
by lu6cifer
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Illinois Institute of Technology or Caltech?
Replies: 8
Views: 1620

Re: Illinois Institute of Technology or Caltech?

Definitely Caltech Not many people get the opportunity to go one of the nation's most prestigious technical schools, and you shouldn't squander it. The fact that you got in probably indicates that you are up to the challenge. But if you're not, that'd be the only reason, in my book, to opt for the o...
by lu6cifer
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11693

Re: Pencils!

Update: My Kuru Toga (from stationeryart.com, with shipping, it came to $7.85) came today! The mechanism works as advertised, and I definitely feel the difference when I'm writing. However, the eraser is subpar, and the clip is quite flimsy when moved laterally, but otherwise, it's a brilliant pencil.
by lu6cifer
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4735

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

The way I see it, something conceptually more difficult is harder than something that just requires memorization and time to comprehend (not that people in STEM fields don't expend lots of time in learning their concepts, but it requires far less time, and memorization is far less rote). With regard...

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