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by Narius
Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm going to be a Physics Major...
Replies: 18
Views: 4762

Re: I'm going to be a Physics Major...

For physics majors, research is the NUMBER ONE THING. Don't freak out about it since there probably aren't many research opportunities available for freshman (that's not to say don't look, definitely check things out). But even your first year, take time to meet with professors and discuss your inte...
by Narius
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Simple block on inclined plane question
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: Simple block on inclined plane question

Well you can prove it just using the knowledge that a straight line has an angle of 180 degrees, a right angle is 90 degrees and the sum of angles in a triangle is 180 degrees. Like so. http://yfrog.com/20geoproofp Ha, It never occurred to me to think of the ground, the incline, and gravity as thre...
by Narius
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Simple block on inclined plane question
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Simple block on inclined plane question

Alright, so this may be an incredibly basic question with an incredibly obvious answer, but it escapes me. Most readers of this forum I imagine are familiar with the 'block on inclined plane' problem. You have a block on a plane inclined to an angle (we'll call theta). When you're writing out force-...
by Narius
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 262034

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Hallo Narius, willkommen im Thread :) . Was meinst du mit "sich abzuzeichnen"? "abzeichnen" bedeutet "to draw a copy of [something]", "sich abzeichnen" bedeutet "to emerge" (in a non-literal sense, e.g. it looks like/emerges that some stock is going...
by Narius
Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 262034

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Grüße alles! Ich lese xkcd oft, aber ich bin nie in diesem Thread gewesen. Ich bin halb Deutsch, aber ich spreche Deutsch nicht so gut. Ich werde in drei Woche nach Deutschland gehen. Ich habe nie zum Ausland fliegen, so ich bin ganz aufgeregt. Aber jetzt brauche ich sehr mein Deutsch zu üben, ich w...
by Narius
Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Undergrad Research Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2038

Re: Undergrad Research Suggestions

Thanks all for the responses!
I talked to a professor on campus yesterday about doing research in low temperature nanomagnetism. Sounds cool. Hopefully it works out!
by Narius
Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 21079

Re: What's Your Major!?!?!

B.S in Physics, with a minor in Mathematics (mostly because with all the math I have to take taking I'd be a class away from a minor anyways, ha)
by Narius
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11889

Re: Pencils!

For me, nothing beats a Dixon Ticonderoga Black wood pencil. According to the internet, they are made from "reforested quality cedar wood". The eraser is just perfect and the pencil looks awesome. I was going to post the same exact thought, but then I saw this. So I will just heartily sec...
by Narius
Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:58 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Undergrad Research Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2038

Undergrad Research Suggestions

I'm a physics major at my university, having just switched over from Mechanical Engineering. No ground lost, b/c i'm just a freshman. However, I came to this school with knowledge of its engineering program and now that I'm in physics, I'm finding out that they don't really have any research areas t...
by Narius
Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0679: "Christmas Plans"
Replies: 64
Views: 14540

Re: "Christmas Plans" Discussion

But who says Christmas follows quantum mechanics? Why wouldn't it follow classical mechanics? I'm assuming Christmas is not incredibly small on the scale of an electron. In fact in terms of holidays, I would say its pretty big. Not to be a killjoy or anything, i do love the comic, as always. Merry ...
by Narius
Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0679: "Christmas Plans"
Replies: 64
Views: 14540

Re: "Christmas Plans" Discussion

But who says Christmas follows quantum mechanics? Why wouldn't it follow classical mechanics? I'm assuming Christmas is not incredibly small on the scale of an electron. In fact in terms of holidays, I would say its pretty big. Not to be a killjoy or anything, i do love the comic, as always. Merry C...
by Narius
Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christianity and Evolution
Replies: 40
Views: 5121

Re: Christianity and Evolution

After searching through the board for a little while, I didn't see anything that really answered my questions here, so here it goes. Recently, my parents transfered me to a Christian school because a few of the programs that they had were better than anything else in the area. So, last year in biol...
by Narius
Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rover project idea
Replies: 17
Views: 2228

Re: Rover project idea

I don't suppose you have the scoring formula available? That would allow some optimizations. It may be the best solution is to move a great deal of weight a short distance very rapidly, for example, or a light weight a very long distance at low velocity. One idea might be to use the load to provide...
by Narius
Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rover project idea
Replies: 17
Views: 2228

Re: Rover project idea

It cannot use any electricity, flammable liquids... This is a solid... Though the propellant case would probably be quite heavy, among other problems. I'd probably do it with springs. Wind up toy of mighty transport! Outside? Check the weather and deploy a sail. Quite light, and the fuel is cheap. ...
by Narius
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rover project idea
Replies: 17
Views: 2228

Rover project idea

So for one of my classes we have to design a 'mars rover' model. It cannot use any electricity, flammable liquids, must be at most 2' x 2' x 3' high. It has to carry as much weight as possible, in this context the weights are circular like what you would see put on bench presses in a gym. You can't ...
by Narius
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why Learn Chemistry?
Replies: 31
Views: 3998

Re: Why Learn Chemistry?

I agree with the above post. I'm majoring in Physics, yet at my university physics majors are required to take a year's worth of general chemistry class. Even if you're not majoring specifically in chemistry, I personally think a basic understanding of each field in science can be useful if you're p...
by Narius
Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playing God's Advocate
Replies: 149
Views: 13765

Re: Playing God's Advocate

Well I just want to say, thank you all for posting.
Granted, I haven't read every single post, but most of them.
And I've gotten entirely legitimate and very sound reasoning for an answer to my question.
Thanks all!
by Narius
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 202039

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

For those of you who enjoy opera,
Pavarotti singing "Nessun Dorma"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VATmgtmR5o4
from 2:38ish to the end.
Yes.
by Narius
Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Advice needed
Replies: 15
Views: 1975

Re: Advice needed

From what I remember, the two subjects are pretty much separate but equal. You don't have to have geometry to take algebra II, and vice-versa. I took them both my freshman year in high school, but we did block schedule (you only have 4 classes, and you switch classes each semester) so I didn't actua...
by Narius
Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Homeschooling
Replies: 144
Views: 20707

Re: Homeschooling

Replying to the OP-I haven't taken the time to read all the various threads of conversations that may have formed. I was homeschooled from preschool until 8th grade, and I personally highly recommend it. Not to say public schooling is bad, but I think homeschooling was the best thing for me. If you ...
by Narius
Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:49 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math Physics Double Major
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

Math Physics Double Major

So as of right now I'm majoring in physics at my university, with a declared minor in mathematics. I've been considering double majoring in math and physics, instead of major-minor. I was wondering whether you guys who have perhaps been there or have any input whether the extra time as an undergrad ...
by Narius
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geek VS Nerd
Replies: 47
Views: 6588

Re: Geek VS Nerd

I've actually had multiple discussions with people trying to explain this difference, as I perceive it anyways. I label myself in the geek category. Both geeks and nerds are intelligent, but I think the differentiating factor is social ability and awareness. Geeks have a relatively 'higher' level of...
by Narius
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Software
Replies: 143
Views: 167940

Re: Math Software

What do you guys think of MathCAD? I only ask because as a student at my college a got a free download, so naturally I downloaded it. I haven't really played around with it much though. I really haven't heard that much either, at least to people I've talked to in person. Most of the people I know of...
by Narius
Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playing God's Advocate
Replies: 149
Views: 13765

Re: Playing God's Advocate

he believed in some sort of supernatural 'something' Huge [citation needed] on that. I believe he was a sort of pantheist. I forget where I originally read about it, but here's a nytimes article link http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/22/books/chapters/1022-1st-dawk.html?pagewanted=4 regardless, Einste...
by Narius
Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playing God's Advocate
Replies: 149
Views: 13765

Re: Playing God's Advocate

Stepping aside from current discussion for a minute, because I really hate when theists quote Einstein out of context to prove he was one of them. "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind" -Albert Einstein *You know I just had to use that quote :P* Yes, I know ...
by Narius
Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playing God's Advocate
Replies: 149
Views: 13765

Re: Playing God's Advocate

All interesting responses, thanks! I suppose then I fall into the category of Old earth faith based creationists. And to minds far more logical than mind, I could see how this could be annoying. I don't resent you for it. I just don't like the idea of something I believe (that has not been definitiv...
by Narius
Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playing God's Advocate
Replies: 149
Views: 13765

Playing God's Advocate

So I'm a Christian, and I'm also a scientist (majoring in Physics at my university). Being a christian, I believe in intelligent design. God created the universe. There is good evidence that supports the yet unproven theory of evolution. I'm fine with that as well. Who knows whether or not God used ...
by Narius
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 282203

Re: Recommend one artist

Kwoon, if you're in the mood for really chill music.

"I Lived on the Moon"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTysF1E4Ft0
watch the video too, it's pretty trippy.
by Narius
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Definition of dy and dx?
Replies: 16
Views: 1896

Re: Definition of dy and dx?

Thanks for the responses! So for all calc uses for the time being, dy/dx can just be considered as a symbol? I just want to make sure I'm understand the stuff completely. and I've seen the definition of dy=f'(x)dx in a lesson on linear approximation and differentials; unfortunately, though that may ...
by Narius
Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Definition of dy and dx?
Replies: 16
Views: 1896

Definition of dy and dx?

So I'm assuming this is a fairly basic Calc concept, but I'm still not sure I entirely get it. dy/dx=y', the first derivative of a function y. But dy/dx is not just a set symbol, because you can split it up by multiplying by dx. So what exactly do the values dy and dx by themselves represent mathema...
by Narius
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical piano recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

Re: Classical piano recommendations?

I would recommend Mozart's Piano Sonata in C K. 545, you've surely heard at least the first movement. Then again, I'm not sure how advanced you are. If that sort of thing is not much of a challenge, then I would highly recommend Beethoven's piano Sonatas, any of them. You mentioned Moonlight Sonata ...
by Narius
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What do you play?
Replies: 274
Views: 36631

Re: What do you play?

I've been playing piano for about 10 years. Taught myself alto sax, mostly just so I could do marching band. And I can play all the basic chords on a guitar.
by Narius
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63487

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPM if you've ever had the opportunity to say "dammit I'm a physicist not a doctor!" and relished it.
by Narius
Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69454

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

My 11th grade Physics teacher.
Nice guy, and I actually understood most of what he taught without too many communication problems.
However, his tests were deathly disproportionate to what he taught.

It would have been like a Algebra teacher giving their students a calculus test.
by Narius
Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Solve for x.
Replies: 15
Views: 2945

Re: Solve for x.

42?
by Narius
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Undergrad Physics Concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1164

Undergrad Physics Concerns

I'm a freshman at my university planning on majoring in physics, but I've been looking at the courses I will be taking as a physics student and I've read courses other posters on these fora took as undergrads, and I'm wondering if my college will prepare me for a graduate program in physics. What so...
by Narius
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Big Bang Theory
Replies: 2
Views: 1606

Big Bang Theory

There may already be a thread dedicated to this tv, but I couldn't find any in a quick skim. If so, my bad. But who else thinks that Big Bang Theory is one of the funniest shows on television and can't wait for the new season? I would imagine since many of the forum posters are scientists, there's a...
by Narius
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Digimon vs. Pokemon
Replies: 134
Views: 48994

Re: Digimon vs. Pokemon

Pokemon would win for the sole reason that they have charizard.
Done.
by Narius
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite piece of classical music
Replies: 72
Views: 6896

Re: Favorite piece of classical music

Favorite Piano piece would be Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, first movement.

Favorite Orchestral piece is tough... for right now I have to say Martini's "Domine ad adjuvandum me festina", actually a choral piece with chamber orchestra accompaniment.
by Narius
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What do you play?
Replies: 274
Views: 36631

Re: What do you play?

I've been playing piano about 10 years. I'm semi-decent, but don't practice anymore. But I love it all the same.
I can play basic chord stuff on guitar, and I did alto sax for marching band in high school.

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