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by Ieatsoap6
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: making stuff explode
Replies: 12
Views: 1283

Re: making stuff explode

The easiest way to get something that probably* won't kill you, but will be more explosion that small puff of smoke, is a trick I learned in my "messing around with fire" days. Take a normal drinking straw and cut off about one inch of it. Take that (one inch) piece and using a hot glue gu...
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math majors: what are you doing now?
Replies: 9
Views: 1315

Re: Math majors: what are you doing now?

I'm currently in my third year of my undergrad math degree. After I'm done I will almost certainly be going to grad school for astronomy. On how late is too late to switch, the sophomore/junior year split is a good time to have figured out what degree you're going to pursue. Of course, it's better t...
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Physics C or AP Physics B?
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: AP Physics C or AP Physics B?

In my experience with calc-based physics, the calculus needed isn't really that intense at all. It was more used in relating stuff like position and velocity and a bit with the gas stuff. I don't remember doing anything more than power rule derivatives and integrals, which are simple enough. The cal...
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping an interstellar spacecraft
Replies: 45
Views: 3936

Re: Stopping an intersolar spacecraft

Also, perhaps you could vector your course in such away that you can have a gravity assist in decelerating you as you pass certain stars. Since this seems to be the most common way to get stuff going quickly in and around the solar system, it would only make sense that it would be how you would dec...
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Major life decision...
Replies: 9
Views: 1662

Re: Major life decision...

I've got a laptop backpack and I like it very much. I'm under the impression that backpacks can carry more stuff than a messenger bag, but I've not really looked into it too much.
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Poker odds question.
Replies: 11
Views: 3404

Re: Poker odds question.

If you're feeling lazy, the Wikipedia page has odds for all different kinds of hands and how to calculate them. Actually, it's probably not a bad way for a stats student to practice a bit.
by Ieatsoap6
Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ear issues?
Replies: 9
Views: 1244

Re: Ear issues?

Try putting some ear drops or rubbing alcohol in there. If it is water in there, and not something more infection-like, that will help it evaporate out.
I think mineral oil can also help this kind of think. Unfortuatnely I don't know how that works.

*I am in no way a doctor.
by Ieatsoap6
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What should I put on my "Calc Clock"?
Replies: 12
Views: 1990

Re: What should I put on my "Calc Clock"?

An infinite series of the geometric sort could easily be manipulated to yield a desired integer if the obfuscation is your goal.
by Ieatsoap6
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Perfect GRE compensate for a not-so-good academic record?
Replies: 1
Views: 747

Re: Perfect GRE compensate for a not-so-good academic record?

My information is unfortunately limited to one department of one university, but at (Georgia State Astronomy) that department, for non-US students, a perfect score on the GRE is required to even be considered. I think that would put you somewhere around an American student that did well but not perf...
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8659
Views: 1750512

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Even more obvious edit:
Spoiler:
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by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-science undergrad in science grad school
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

Re: Non-science undergrad in science grad school

If it helps, I'm going to be finishing up my undergrad degree in Applied Math within the next decade and am looking at grad schools for astronomy. At this point in the road I have seen no problems with getting in to a program with a non-physics degree. Also, being a CS major could be quite useful, a...
by Ieatsoap6
Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If black holes are at the center of spiral galaxies...
Replies: 29
Views: 3090

Re: If black holes are at the center of spiral galaxies...

Especially since most other possibilities (e.g. several million stars that close together) would be really really really bright, which Sag A* isn't. To throw a wrench in to this, quasars are stupidly bright, on the order of 10 12 suns and are believed to be powered by a supermassive black hole. Of ...
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Anyone know where I can get a cheap TI-84 plus calculator?
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Anyone know where I can get a cheap TI-84 plus calculator?

You might ask older friends already in College or high school friends that already have one they won't be needing if they would want to sell it. Basically along the same lines as selling books back.
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Riddle
Replies: 46
Views: 4973

Re: Math Riddle

You are all getting the same answer that I did! However, the answer given on this calendar is 8009 days. How did they get that? It could be that they meant to say that he uses 454 kilowatt hours per day and his rate is $0.22/kWh. $2,000 seems a bit high for a per day for electricity. So that would ...
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If black holes are at the center of spiral galaxies...
Replies: 29
Views: 3090

Re: If black holes are at the center of spiral galaxies...

However, as stuff falls into the black hole, it slows down due to gravitational time dilation (slows down from OUR point of view). Is that actually a significant part of what causes the release of energy? I'm pretty sure gravitational potential energy being converted to kinetic energy has something...
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If black holes are at the center of spiral galaxies...
Replies: 29
Views: 3090

Re: If black holes are at the center of spiral galaxies...

We have also inferred the existence of one in our own galaxy by observing the motions of stars near the galactic center. The black hole itself is Sagittarius A* . Orbiting it are several stars for which we can measure the orbital periods and semi-major axes (with a distance measurement thrown in) an...
by Ieatsoap6
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do left handed people prefer their left eye?
Replies: 41
Views: 3771

Re: Do left handed people prefer their left eye?

Left handed, left eye'd. I've spent a bit of time working at a shooting range and one of the first things we did was see which was the dominant eye for most people. While we didn't take a formal survey, it seemed that the left-right distribution was about the same with eyes as it is with handedness....
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!
Replies: 41
Views: 4358

Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

If you're interested in this star but live in the Southern Hemisphere I come bringing hope. Eta Carinae is in a similar "may go SN any time now" category. It's a bit farther away, about 7500 ly (vs. 500 for Betelgeuse) but the mass is estimated at quite a bit larger, meaning that the SN wo...
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The Experts
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

Re: The Experts

I think being an expert depends on who's deciding it. For example, I tutor freshman and sophomore college math so to my students, I would likely be considered an 'expert'. Since I am an undergraduate, I considered the grad students that tutored to be "experts". Basically I think an expert ...
by Ieatsoap6
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shotgun spread
Replies: 29
Views: 3461

Re: Shotgun spread

Surely, on something as small as a duck, you don't want it to be peppered with lead shot? I mean, if you're hunting it for food... I haven't actually hunted ducks or anything, but I think you use much bigger shot for ducks so it's easier to pick the pellets out. You're right, though. Picking out ei...
by Ieatsoap6
Tue May 26, 2009 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Universe Expanding rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1678

Re: Universe Expanding rate

The little bit that I can add that hasn't already been covered:
If current estimates are correct, Dark Energy accounts for about 73% of the mass-energy in the universe. Only 4% is baryonic (normal) matter.

I think. I might have missed some numbers by +/- a few.
by Ieatsoap6
Fri May 22, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Have you ever wished a particular theory didn't work?
Replies: 59
Views: 5720

Re: Have you ever wished a particular theory didn't work?

Although I don't think I'd like it to be that way forever, a day or two without friction would be interesting. Assuming I didn't get killed, of course. Lack of friction would cause a lot of macroscale structures to collapse very very quickly. Nails, screws, bolts - they all depend on friction! I'm ...
by Ieatsoap6
Wed May 20, 2009 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Have you ever wished a particular theory didn't work?
Replies: 59
Views: 5720

Re: Have you ever wished a particular theory didn't work?

Although I don't think I'd like it to be that way forever, a day or two without friction would be interesting. Assuming I didn't get killed, of course.
by Ieatsoap6
Sun May 03, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human random numbers
Replies: 61
Views: 16628

Re: Human random numbers

I find it interesting that 6 and 14 are winning since they're symmetric about 10.

I chose 16 because it was the right choice.
by Ieatsoap6
Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: $DEITY save us all
Replies: 12
Views: 1837

Re: $DEITY save us all

You may have accidentally it. Try and figure out what you did and undo it.
by Ieatsoap6
Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The End Is Still Not For A While
Replies: 18
Views: 1583

Re: The End Is Still Not For A While

To be fair, there seem to be a good many people in power that need a good teabagging in the less recent sense.
by Ieatsoap6
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Updating comic 256 (Map of Online Communities)
Replies: 21
Views: 2726

Re: Updating comic 256 (Map of Online Communities)

and is rapidly losing users to the Windows Live network that comes with the Hotmail accounts that most 11-15s of lesser intellect have. Or the Windows Live network that serves at the student email for Georgia State University. Thanks, GSU. More on topic: Wow, it really is amazing that the internets...
by Ieatsoap6
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT:Optical Illusions
Replies: 53
Views: 6549

Re: ITT:Optical Illusions

Does anyone else get an effect whereby, after they have completed a song on Guitar Hero, they look around and anything - anything - they look at seems to be moving upwards? Same thing happens after driving for a while. Try doing that and then look down at the dash. It'll be "moving" away ...
by Ieatsoap6
Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Late or Early Start
Replies: 23
Views: 1865

Re: Late or Early Start

I prefer the 10:00 - 11:00 range. I sleep late enough that it feels like I'm "sleeping in" but I'm really not. Any later and it seems lazy. Any earlier and I don't pay much attention.
by Ieatsoap6
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8659
Views: 1750512

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

I haven't paid attention to the thread for a while so I apologize if this has been done already.

Source: 99
Spoiler:
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by Ieatsoap6
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8659
Views: 1750512

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Maugchief wrote:^ = awesome

Source: 562

Spoiler:
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Exactly what I was going to do (obvious, really). My alt-text would have been "Next week: Diagonal spaces"
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Motorsport Thread (possible spoilers)
Replies: 117
Views: 34936

Re: The Motorsport Thread (possible spoilers)

Just bumping this to remind the more casual F1 fans that in a few hours (9:30 EST) the first practice of the 2009 season will start in Australia.


Go Kimi!
by Ieatsoap6
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me win a drinking contest - Updated for conclusion.
Replies: 80
Views: 8893

Re: Help me win a drinking contest

Warning: I haven't had much more than a beer or so at a time and am in no way an epic drinker. Would taking a diuretic help? Assuming there aren't any "no bathroom" rules, wouldn't having to piss the alcohol out help, as you wouldn't have to process it all? Is there some biological thing I...
by Ieatsoap6
Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Basic calculus question
Replies: 9
Views: 799

Re: Basic calculus question

I've found that, in addition to the aforementioned "do bunches of integrals and get used to it" method, just make a mental list of integration techniques in order of difficulty. Then go down the list until you find something that works. Something like direct integration --> u-substitution ...
by Ieatsoap6
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8659
Views: 1750512

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Kidiri wrote:Sourceness: 95 and 543

Spoiler:
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In a similar vein (same sources and all):
Spoiler:
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I do hope this hasn't been done yet.
by Ieatsoap6
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?
Replies: 73
Views: 5203

Re: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?

Lowercase: lambda, rho, beta, and theta.
Uppercase: Sigma, Phi
by Ieatsoap6
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My First B D:
Replies: 12
Views: 1773

Re: My First B D:

High School grades are meaningless. I was a B-C student in high school and am an A-the occasional B student in college. Don't worry. It's like worrying over ... something that shouldn't be worried over.
by Ieatsoap6
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Differential Equations Help
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Differential Equations Help

In the vein of free online stuff, check out Paul's Online Math Notes. I haven't looked too far in to his Differential Equations stuff, but his Calc stuff was extremely useful. He explains stuff quite clearly and it's all there for you.
by Ieatsoap6
Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you feel any different?
Replies: 39
Views: 3262

Re: Do you feel any different?

I'm glad to have a president that a decent number of people like. Hopefully he'll do good things. I do think some people will be let down, though. So many people seem to have expectations of him that he can't possibly achieve. It nice for all the crap from the election to be over and to be able to g...
by Ieatsoap6
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Seeing inside a box with a hidden prize
Replies: 15
Views: 1811

Re: Seeing inside a box with a hidden prize

MoonBuggy wrote:Sounds like a job for the F-ray.

That was my first thought as well. Excellent.

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