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by ks_physicist
Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My sweet ass-gadget
Replies: 28
Views: 5229

Fascinating...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868782

Okay, without looking them up or googling:

Vandole wrote:Oh, I'm no end table. I'm a nightstand.


It sounds familiar. Like the punch line of a Douglas Adams joke. But, I can't recall it.

Semper gero subvestis


Another way of saying the bastardized "Semper ubi sub ubi"?
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Useful maths?
Replies: 36
Views: 7546

*blink* -- I always figured MATLAB wasn't nearly the same beast as Maple. MATLAB is scientific computation, while Maple is symbolic mathematics... Have they intersected since? Matlab has included the Maple kernel in its "Symbolic Math Toolbox" (optional) for at least a decade. But yes, th...
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Useful maths?
Replies: 36
Views: 7546

bippy wrote:A second year physics student should get a copy of Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences by Boas and start a'workin.


+ a lot.

One of my favorite mathematical texts, it was used in my theoretical physics course. I will never part with it.
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Useful maths?
Replies: 36
Views: 7546

You could learn C or Fortran, but Mathematica would be pretty good as well or instead. People use matlab etc too, but for serious numerical work you need the speed of Fortran, I reckon. A fellow grad student and I both used Matlab to do some simple electromagnetic calculations and modeling (indepen...
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pressure in a balloon
Replies: 44
Views: 13157

The experimentalist in me says to just stick a pressure gauge in the neck of the balloon.
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Interested in learning the violin
Replies: 18
Views: 5338

Suzuki method is good. Even for adults. As exciting as it is to play your first few songs, my advice to any beginning violinist who is serious about playing is to work on bow technique for at least 50% of your practice time until you get it nearly perfect nearly all the time. Bow technique (includin...
by ks_physicist
Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nootropic agents. Anyone tried them?
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

I always found ethanol an effective cognitive enhancer for understanding quantum mechanics. Or at least, for thinking I understood it. I heard there are other chemicals that do a better job, unfortunately not legal in the U.S. for recreational use. :lol: On a more serious note, I have found that tak...
by ks_physicist
Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 13157

it depends on the course but in most UK universities you specialise in terms of physics/chemistry etc before you start the course (obviously there are some courses that overlap e.g. medical physics but they are specialised in there own way). in my physics degree i had 4 required maths classes, 1 re...
by ks_physicist
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 155858

In the unlikely event that intelligent life ever finds the Internet, I want to send a message that they can understand. :D
by ks_physicist
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379831

I was also taught that the "box" is called the CPU. I really don't see a problem with it. The central processing unit contains the processor, RAM, power supply, etc. Works for me. The CPU contains the CPU? Dictionary.com Wikipedia.com If you ask me to remove the CPU, I will remove the cov...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 13157

Heh. Lucky Americans -- once we're in an undergrad subject, it's really not a flexible system at all (unless you're doing something like geography where you can move to a wide range of things e.g. politics, economics, or geology). Don't some/most European systems tend to push specialization earlier...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 75540

When I had read a little, but not much, about Newton, I thought perhaps he was a closeted homosexual. No adult relationships with females, general apparent disdain for women... Reading further into it, he conciously avoided "wasting" his energy on such pursuits (women and sex, or general d...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 13157

There is also no choice for those who haven't gone through uni yet. I'm going to study Biochemistry, but I haven't quite got there yet... There seem to be an enormous portion of the college-bound population who change intended majors at least once during their undergrad career. Not everyone, but qu...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379831

Misconception : All scientists are atheists. Right. But most high school science courses do touch on geology, astronomy, evolution/natural selection/survival of the fittest, and myriad other things that tend to discredit or disregard a Young Earth, six-day timespan of creation. ... Unless you live ...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379831

Please answer these questions, without looking them up. (Even the most inept computer user is capable of pasting from Wikipedia.) How does your digital wristwatch work? A quarz crystal is stimulated with an electrical current and vibrates at a frequency of around 32,000 Hz. Digital divider circuits...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379831

Misconception: When she says she's studying physics, it mean she wants to be a P.E. teacher. (Yes, it has happened more than once). One of the first assignments I gave my freshmen students last year was "Tell me in your own words what you think physics IS." One student wrote "Physics...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 282709

This recipe is called "Jessica Pasta". It is so named because it was given to us by my wife's former coworker, and somewhere in the process we switched some ingredients. It turned out great, and so it was christened with a new name in honor of my wife's coworker. Jessica Pasta 1 can tuna (...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868782

Confession: As much as I like to cook, and as much as I like my wife's cooking, most of the time I wish I just had a cafeteria like I had at university. I could swipe my meal card, eat dinner in ten minutes, I ate whatever was presented to me with almost no decision process, and I could get right ba...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: IB or International Baccalaureate
Replies: 10
Views: 1704

IB or International Baccalaureate

How many of us were/are IB kids? I went to a college prep magnet HS, one of the earlier IB programs in this area of the United States. They pushed "Full IB" (diploma, with Theory of Knowledge and a thesis), but would not permit me to take calculus, physics and biology in a diploma program ...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 338879

I used to care about ONLY the math that I needed as tools in science. Sometime after undergrad, I really began to look at the math at its own subject, and now I regret not having majored in mathematics in the first place. As a consequence of my reform, I am now going back and re-studying all of the...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 13157

Too bad the poll wouldn't let you select multiple options. Physics is my primary academic (and general) interest. I have also studied geographic information systems and remote sensing in some depth, which includes significant aspects of Earth and space science, biology, physics, and several social s...
by ks_physicist
Sat Jun 30, 2007 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Compressed space- is it possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 5702

One word (or rather acronym): TARDIS! Hrm. I just realized that kind of sounds like an insult. It's not. It's a blue police box that is much larger on the inside than the outside. As we all know, science fiction usually eventually becomes science fact. Therefore, erm, yes, probably. I seem to recal...
by ks_physicist
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 338879

I'm Jim, 30, a physics teacher, bachelor's and master's* in physics. I'm a reformed anti-pure-math-snob. I used to care about ONLY the math that I needed as tools in science. Sometime after undergrad, I really began to look at the math at its own subject, and now I regret not having majored in mathe...
by ks_physicist
Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there hope for poor old me?
Replies: 30
Views: 6897

I'm late to the discussion, but I just registered. I majored in physics, and went on to an MS in physics which I'm just finishing. My advice to someone studying physics is that you need to have a concrete professional goal, and a fallback goal. "Earn a Ph.D. and be a research physicist" is...
by ks_physicist
Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Passionate about a calculator?
Replies: 139
Views: 24535

I have had many calculators over the years, but the true addiction began with my TI-85 in 1993. It served me well for the last year and a half of high school, college, and the first year of grad school, at which point I bought a TI-89. The 89 is nice, but I'm still faster on the 85. Shortly therafte...

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