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You might be a physics major if...

Postby ecshafer » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:03 am UTC

Post random fun generalizations, stereotypes, quirky attitude that you associate with physics majors.

You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."

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

Postby Goemon » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:19 am UTC

... you've written more integrals than love letters...
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Charlie! » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:22 am UTC

Goemon wrote:... you've written more integrals than love letters...

Really? That seems more like "you know you've ever taken a calculus course" in this age of telephones and email.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Solt » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:32 am UTC

ecshafer wrote:You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."


You work your ass off for 4 years so you can use that line.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Klotz » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:46 am UTC

You use words like "timescale" and "on the order of" in casual conversation.

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

Postby Xanthir » Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:04 am UTC

Shit, that last one makes me a physics major.

You might be a physics major if the use of the word "string" is up with sex, politics, and religion with "things you don't talk about in polite company".
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby ecshafer » Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:50 am UTC

Solt wrote:
ecshafer wrote:You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."


You work your ass off for 4 years so you can use that line.


Well yes, I say it as a joke right now, to my friends such. But I agree, I am working my ass off at uni to use that. But its weird, its ridiculously hard sometimes, but its just so fun at the same time. Although there a many a times when I look at the business and humanities majors and just kind of day dream at how easy they have it. But if my capstone was how to use powerpoint 101 I would probably kill myself.

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

Postby Hit3k » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:13 am UTC

ecshafer wrote:You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."

you might be a theoretical physicist if you're insulted by the title 'rocket scientist'. Just had to put that one in there.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby pkuky » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:43 am UTC

Solt wrote:
ecshafer wrote:You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."

You work your ass off for 4 years so you can use that line.

that's like going to med school just so you can readjust a picture and say it's been doctored.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby tommclaughlan » Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:17 am UTC

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


....you are studying for a degree in physics...
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby cypherspace » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:30 pm UTC

Bor-ing! and lame! and various other things signifying how boring you are.

You might be a physicist if you've ever told the spherical chicken joke in all seriousness.

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ecshafer wrote:You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."

You work your ass off for 4 years so you can use that line.

that's like going to med school just so you can readjust a picture and say it's been doctored.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby nilkemorya » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:42 pm UTC

...If, when you first heard the spherical chicken joke, thought to yourself: That's not that unreasonable an assumption, I'm sure you could get some valid data out of it.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Monty40xi » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:52 pm UTC

-When Superman catches someone falling from a skyscraper, it's not his flying that bothers you, it's the fact that his arms are still accelerating the person hard enough that it should have broken every bone in their body.

-You're bored with lasers.

-Part of your big research project includes assuring people that what you're doing really is not going to kill them.

-You would go see a sci fi movie just on the basis that its laser beams don't show up from the side and its space scenes are quiet.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Alias » Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:05 pm UTC

if you read this thread and think that not only are these good indications but that taking courses so that you can make jokes referring to them is equally valid
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby oxoiron » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:47 pm UTC

Monty40xi wrote:-You would go see a sci fi movie just on the basis that its laser beams don't show up from the side and its space scenes are quiet.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby thecommabandit » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:22 pm UTC

Monty40xi wrote:-You would go see a sci fi movie just on the basis that its laser beams don't show up from the side and its space scenes are quiet.

Or when you watch DVDs with friends you play that drinking game where you have to drink a shot every time one of Newton's Laws of Motion are broken.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby headprogrammingczar » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:57 pm UTC

thecommabandit wrote:
Monty40xi wrote:-You would go see a sci fi movie just on the basis that its laser beams don't show up from the side and its space scenes are quiet.

Or when you watch DVDs with friends you play that drinking game where you have to drink a shot every time one of Newton's Laws of Motion are broken.

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

Postby Monty40xi » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:59 pm UTC

headprogrammingczar wrote:
thecommabandit wrote:
Monty40xi wrote:-You would go see a sci fi movie just on the basis that its laser beams don't show up from the side and its space scenes are quiet.

Or when you watch DVDs with friends you play that drinking game where you have to drink a shot every time one of Newton's Laws of Motion are broken.

Anyone up for a Dr. Who marathon?

Would we have to drink for every instance of wibbly wobbly timey wimeyness?
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby fREnZy » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:42 am UTC

..your source of innovations is a Sci-Fi comic

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

Postby masher » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:00 am UTC

Monty40xi wrote:-When Superman catches someone falling from a skyscraper, it's not his flying that bothers you, it's the fact that his arms are still accelerating the person hard enough that it should have broken every bone in their body.


This ^

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

Postby Durandal » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:49 am UTC

If you've ever ran in a circle in public screaming 'NEWTON'S LAWS DON'T APPLY TO ME!', you might be a physics major.

Accelerated reference frames FTW.

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

Postby roundedge » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:54 am UTC

You still use your old textbooks occasionally.

You think latex is the greatest boon to mankind since the printing press

you haven't written an essay since highschool

when you tell people what you want study, people look confused and say "you mean like developing makeup?"

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

Postby Tautology » Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:56 am UTC

Monty40xi wrote:-You're bored with lasers.


No matter how much photonics I study, I never became bored of lasers. When you become bored of lasers, you become bored of life!

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

Postby incompetentia » Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:10 am UTC

You might be a physics major if you start canceling c's in everyday reading and writing.

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

Postby pkuky » Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:26 am UTC

if you giggle uncontrollably whenever someone says potential.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby thecommabandit » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:42 pm UTC

Monty40xi wrote:
headprogrammingczar wrote:
thecommabandit wrote:
Monty40xi wrote:-You would go see a sci fi movie just on the basis that its laser beams don't show up from the side and its space scenes are quiet.

Or when you watch DVDs with friends you play that drinking game where you have to drink a shot every time one of Newton's Laws of Motion are broken.

Anyone up for a Dr. Who marathon?

Would we have to drink for every instance of wibbly wobbly timey wimeyness?

It's specifically only Newton's Laws of Motion (so like, if someone gets hit with a shotgun and then goes flying back, you knock back a shot) but I s'pose if you wanted to get really drunk, you could just do general laws of physics.

God help you if you watch Star Wars playing that though. You'd have to get what's left of your stomach pumped.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby danpilon54 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:07 pm UTC

[anal retentiveness]
Of course a true physicist knows that a person not getting thrown off their feet by a shotgun blast is not in fact due to newton's laws, but rather impulse, the density of the human body, and the time it takes the bullet to be accelerated in the gun. If you had an immensely long muzzle on a gun, and the bullet was accelerated very slowly, you could accelerate it to speeds that would knock a person back, while the shooter remains standing (assuming he/she could carry such a gun). Alas, for normal guns, the result is the same.
[/anal retentiveness]

Also I agree with just about everything stated thus far.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Monty40xi » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:33 pm UTC

danpilon54 wrote:[anal retentiveness]
Of course a true physicist knows that a person not getting thrown off their feet by a shotgun blast is not in fact due to newton's laws, but rather impulse, the density of the human body, and the time it takes the bullet to be accelerated in the gun. If you had an immensely long muzzle on a gun, and the bullet was accelerated very slowly, you could accelerate it to speeds that would knock a person back, while the shooter remains standing (assuming he/she could carry such a gun). Alas, for normal guns, the result is the same.
[/anal retentiveness]

Also I agree with just about everything stated thus far.

You might be a physics major if you create elaborate, unrealistic scenarios in which something "obviously true" would no longer be true.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby jessebob » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:54 pm UTC

you might be a physics major if the rest of the math class is struggling on something that is easy peasy for you
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby ntietz » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:21 pm UTC

jessebob wrote:you might be a physics major if the rest of the math class is struggling on something that is easy peasy for you


Or you might be a math major.

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

Postby Herman » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:41 pm UTC

YMBAPM if...

To you, a bra is not an undergarment.

You get mad when a sports commentator says something like "The ball was moving at a velocity of 97 miles per hour." I know "velocity" sounds cooler, but you really do mean "speed," buddy.

To explain your work to someone, you first need to explain at least three generations of concepts behind that. ("Okay, my work involves Raman spectroscopy. Okay, so when a photon excites an electron, normally it just collapses back to the ground state, but sometimes it doesn't, and this is inelastic scattering... Okay, so in an atom, electrons have different energy levels...")

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

Postby rho » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:29 pm UTC

...on failing a simple domestic task and being told "It's not rocket science!" you reply "If it was rocket science I could do it."

...you cross roads at an angle because it shortens your walk to class.
...you then start trying to determine the optimum angle as a function of the bearing to your destination and the traffic density of the road.

...reading a book with no maths in it makes you feel lazy.

...when asked for an 'opinion' you choke a little and look confused.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby pkuky » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:59 pm UTC

Herman wrote:YMBAPM if...
To you, a bra is not an undergarment.

wait, physics majors go around shirtless?

also, if when it rains at an angle you start calculating flux and how to minimalize it by walking in the right direction.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby roundedge » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:01 pm UTC

you can solve the wave equation, but you can't add up your bill.

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

Postby niteice » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:50 pm UTC

ecshafer wrote:You've ever said "well I'm not a rocket scientist but... wait yes I am."

My friend's bother is studying aerospace engineering just so he can legitimately say that about himself.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Monty40xi » Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:15 pm UTC

roundedge wrote:you can solve the wave equation, but you can't add up your bill.

To extend on that one...
When the bill comes at a restaurant, you'll spend 15 minutes dividing cost, recalculating the tax and tip, and debating what proportion of the shared appetizer should be paid by whom instead of either laying down a $20 or asking the waiter to split it.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Herman » Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:15 pm UTC

pkuky wrote:
Herman wrote:YMBAPM if...
To you, a bra is not an undergarment.

wait, physics majors go around shirtless?


Look up "Dirac notation" on Wikipedia.

when asked for an 'opinion' you choke a little and look confused.


Ha! This. I now find it mystifying that people think it's okay to just come up with stuff and, like, believe it, without at least doing an order-of-magnitude calculation.

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Postby incompetentia » Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:37 am UTC

Herman wrote:I now find it mystifying that people think it's okay to just come up with stuff and, like, believe it, without at least doing an order-of-magnitude calculation.

You might be a physics major if you evaluate your test scores in terms of "orders of magnitude". (Doubly directed at Physics III...that 43% will never be an A in any other class...)

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

Postby danpilon54 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:38 am UTC

incompetentia wrote:
Herman wrote:I now find it mystifying that people think it's okay to just come up with stuff and, like, believe it, without at least doing an order-of-magnitude calculation.

You might be a physics major if you evaluate your test scores in terms of "orders of magnitude". (Doubly directed at Physics III...that 43% will never be an A in any other class...)


this, and also knowing what an order of magnitude is. I use it in a sentence at least a few times a day to my friends and i have a sneaking suspicion that they dont really know what I mean.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby oxoiron » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:59 am UTC

incompetentia wrote:You might be a physics major if you evaluate your test scores in terms of "orders of magnitude". (Doubly directed at Physics III...that 43% will never be an A in any other class...)
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