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by ecshafer
Mon May 31, 2010 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is doing physics satisfying?
Replies: 13
Views: 2755

Re: Is doing physics satisfying?

I am an undergrad student in physics, but I know someone who works for Lockheed Martin, and is what he told me. Is that anyone with a masters or phd in physics who applies gets pushed ahead of engineers with masters or phds in engineering, and are usually thrown right into advanced engineering and r...
by ecshafer
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63073

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

ymbapm If when you are describing to some engineers in your math class how easy modern physics is by comparing it to how unimaginably easy university physics 1 was, and their response is along the lines of "I failed that class" or "I almost failed that class", and when you reply ...
by ecshafer
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Funding from the military
Replies: 60
Views: 5213

Re: Funding from the military

This is a rather interesting topic, and this of course has a rather large number of what ifs. If I were to be able to disclose the information in a rather short amount of time, say 5 to 10 years I would consider it, depending on the level of research that was going on. For instance if I were approac...
by ecshafer
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 59291

Re: Honor Societies

I dislike honor societies, I would much rather just let my achievements show my worth, not some group that shows I had some achievements. That is why in high school I never joined any honor society, and in college I refuse to join the honors fraternity or any of that bs. Feynman says some pretty fun...
by ecshafer
Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11865

Re: Pencils!

I use pens... yes even for math and physics. My friends think I am crazy.
by ecshafer
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: perpetual motion.
Replies: 2
Views: 696

Re: perpetual motion.

conservation of energy... ok that about wraps that thread up.
by ecshafer
Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Studying problems, will someone help me?
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

Re: Studying problems, will someone help me?

Well I never studied till college, and I found the best way to study was to just do problems, do all the problems in the book if you need to till, you can basically know how to solve the problems without thinking you know the material well, that is basically the optimum, but time constraints can mak...
by ecshafer
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Modern einsteins
Replies: 92
Views: 10258

Re: Modern einsteins

watson and crick were good ones. And asa physicist I naturally go towards physicists. But thinking outside of physics, next "einstein" will probably be a biologist, a lot of things are getting done in the field, and its advancing quickly
by ecshafer
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math/Phys double major vs. Phys major w/ Math and CS minors
Replies: 3
Views: 995

Re: Math/Phys double major vs. Phys major w/ Math and CS minors

I was thinking the same thing actually, and I am going to cs minor/ math minor, but I heard from upperclassmen who did the duel major, that a lot of the math courses youll end up taking dont help with physics at all. This is mainly the proof courses, discrete math etc youll have to take. Ask your ad...
by ecshafer
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Opinion on community college?
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Opinion on community college?

Community college are great for getting classes out of the way during the summer, or if you are not entirely sure what you want to do, so you go there for a year or two to get cheap classes. But there is a problem that some community colleges are taught at a lower level than universities, this depen...
by ecshafer
Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Modern einsteins
Replies: 92
Views: 10258

Re: Modern einsteins

Feynman made a pretty big splash, quantum electro-dynamics was a pretty big step forward. Fermi was also a pretty big player. But as a previous post said, next einstein will be the one who gets quantum gravity done
by ecshafer
Fri May 01, 2009 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC / Mayan Calendar Covergence
Replies: 2
Views: 992

Re: LHC / Mayan Calendar Covergence

Get out of here, this is not science. The LHC, yes, the Mayan calender, no. Science is about proof and experimentation not saying this experiment should get full steam in about 2012 so it meets up with the mayan calender. This isnt fear mongering, and if you are trying fear monger, you picked a bad ...
by ecshafer
Fri May 01, 2009 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Periodic Table of Elements
Replies: 21
Views: 3937

Re: Periodic Table of Elements

The periodic table is extremely elegant. Think about it, it goes in order of increasing atomic weights, and number of electrons. elements in the same column share many of the same properties. yeah the lanthanides and actinides are all to the bottom, but that is more for just fitting on the paper. Fu...
by ecshafer
Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 17268

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

I was doing a general relativity problem, yay schwarschild solution!, and my professor left out a factor of c^2 in one of the equations, and I wasn't paying attention to the dimensional analysis.... so I ended up needing to take the square of a negative number. needless to say it was 3 am, and I was...
by ecshafer
Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Questions about 'Jerk'
Replies: 6
Views: 1294

Questions about 'Jerk'

First sorry for the math equations, i don't know TeX. Okay, the basic equations of motion are driving me nuts. I know the basics of Sf=Si+Vi(t)+1/2a(t)^2 but that works for constant acceleration. where Sf is final position, Si is initial position, Vi is initial velocity, t is time, and a is accelera...
by ecshafer
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Protecting Earth from the evil Aliens
Replies: 50
Views: 3769

Re: Protecting Earth from the evil Aliens

if aliens could reach earth in a reasonably enough that they would all go bankrupt/die from old age in the process and wanted to kill/rape/enslave us all, we are screwed. they would be able to harness such massive amounts of energy, that if they wanted to kill us they wouldn't have to even bother. s...
by ecshafer
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Realistic Aliens!
Replies: 69
Views: 6052

Re: Realistic Aliens!

we know that complex life can not form around super massive stars. since super massive stars a) have to short of life spans for planetary systems and also complex intelligent life to evolve. and b) they give off to many x rays so complex molecules, especially organic, can not be in, since the x rays...
by ecshafer
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Little science things you do to confuse people
Replies: 13
Views: 2018

Little science things you do to confuse people

What are the things you do in colloquial situations that you do either on accident or on purpose to annoy, confuse etc people you encounter?

I order Dihydrogen Monoxide at restaraunts.
by ecshafer
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An easy chemistry problem for most, but I need help.
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: An easy chemistry problem for most, but I need help.

One thing is for sure though, this is not a fair problem too an 8th grader. Trick problem too a high schooler maybe. Ap chem or gen chem, yeah its expected they have tricky problems. But really I think his teacher should not have given a problem of that caliber too the students.
by ecshafer
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Auto Button press code?
Replies: 4
Views: 1153

Auto Button press code?

I play an mmo that is one of those free ones that are fun but kind of shoddy. well anyways there is a spawn rate in the game that is insanely high, but the monsters dont auto attack. Also you can petty much grind trash forever without dieing. well I can kill any trash for hours just pressing the 1 k...
by ecshafer
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Abstruse Goose - Popular Science
Replies: 7
Views: 4185

Re: Abstruse Goose - Popular Science

Here in the states though, just about every aspect of life is dumbed down. From schools to television, its all set up around the lowest common denominator. I would say shows on science and stuff from Europe, that ive scene, is usually much less dumbed down, like they think that the viewer actually h...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cursive
Replies: 115
Views: 13003

Re: Cursive

Ive learned to print very quickly and its turned into a sort of mash-up of cursive and print. My letters all look like print but I never lift my pencil while writing so the letters are all connected. It looks like shit but I can read it and thats all that matters for my notes. Same here. During my ...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School Advice?
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Grad School Advice?

Firstly: Theres a thread for grad school advice, I'm looking for the same. Secondly: I've never heard of a program that allows you to pursue a masters without a bachelors, and I've never heard of a program that lets you just tack an extra year on to get said masters. I'd imagine you'll have to fini...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What should I do with my life?
Replies: 7
Views: 1604

Re: What should I do with my life?

Computational cognitive science? or bio if thats where your getting the genetic algorithms from. Go to grad school for genetic algorithms. And since you like coding from what I gather, go and do computational genetic algorithms. multiple things you like in one.
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 4850

Re: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?

Oh too elaborate on my post a bit, Entrance exams for the major, or just a general exam.engineers mainly math/science, social science do writing etc, maybe just a few essays that they send in. Because standardized tests have so many faults. I read an essay once by Isaac Asimov, and it was on intelli...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 4850

Re: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?

I personally am against standardized tests, since teachers teach to the test. But k-12 its necessary to have kind of benchmark. I think k-12 should have the standardized tests, but not have them count for school funding or anything (I also think that schools should be heavily funded but besides the ...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An easy chemistry problem for most, but I need help.
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: An easy chemistry problem for most, but I need help.

Definitely not an eigth grade chem problem in my mind. Tough for any k-12 chem course, except maybe ap chem. hell i never even got those type of things in gen chem 1 in college. Teacher probably just picked the work sheet out of the book and didnt really look at it. Usually you figure out moles know...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Abstruse Goose - Popular Science
Replies: 7
Views: 4185

Re: Abstruse Goose - Popular Science

Although I agree that they are dumbed down quite a bit. I must say I think even if they are dumbed down, its better than someone watching MTV or some reality show. Look at it this way, some bored high schooler watches those shows and says "wow! thats neat!". even if its not 100% accurate i...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An easy chemistry problem for most, but I need help.
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: An easy chemistry problem for most, but I need help.

Weird equation actually. Are there any moles on there also, or do you also have to figure out the number of moles? It will create Al2(CO3)3+Na2(CO3)+HCl-->H2O+NaCl+CO2+AlCl3 but it is not balanced. The reason you may be confused is because Al2(CO3)3+Na2(CO3)+HCl is not complete. There needs to be mo...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Another "choosing a major" topic...
Replies: 6
Views: 984

Re: Another "choosing a major" topic...

Comp science is something I thought I would like till I took a class on it. Frustrating and annoying. Think what part of your physics classes you were the most interested in. If you were doing the standard physics intro of mechanics, intro e&m, etc just think what parts you liked more. If you st...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ivy League Schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2127

Re: Ivy League Schools

I know Columbia is around 60k a year, and most the ivys are upper 40s or in the 50s. If you aren't poor, or rich, you may want to rethink going to the ivy's though (ironically) A lot of the ivys dont give merit based scholarships, only need based. You should check the websites for their financial ai...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?
Replies: 17
Views: 2347

Re: Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?

Yes biology is a very memorization heavy science, chemistry can get up there also. C.S. or Software Eng (Something else you may want to think about if you might go programming route) is a lot more thinking through logic, the functions are pretty easy to remember. It really gets difficult, when actua...
by ecshafer
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Becoming an Astrophysicist
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Becoming an Astrophysicist

Get a physics degree, I am currently a physics undergrad and you get to take along with your basic course of mechanics, e&m, rf, quantum etc a lot of cool astronomy type classes. It is usually a bad idea to specialize in undergrad, in case you ever want to not work in astrophysics. But the stand...
by ecshafer
Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Actual Physics Research
Replies: 31
Views: 3945

Re: Actual Physics Research

There is a lot of different types. There is the theoretical research of doing a ton of ridiculously difficult math and proofs. You have astronomy/astrophysics/cosmology which could be looking at pictures, tables of numbers etc. You can also go into chemical physics, which you do a lot more physics a...
by ecshafer
Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63073

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

Yeah, I think the Bad Astronomer compared it to saying "my car is powered by 3 rats in a wheel and a type of V8." His car is powered by vegtible juice? Awsome! I'm not a physicis major (bioinformatics) but I bet you guys can sympithse with this: Spending five minutes straight in a nightcl...
by ecshafer
Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63073

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

...your lecturer reprimands you for writing "Astrology" instead of "Astronomy" at the head of your assignment. [guilty] You know you're a physics major when you have seriously considered taking off marks when students put "Astrology" instead of "Astronomy" at...
by ecshafer
Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Speed Light
Replies: 6
Views: 1325

Negative Speed Light

I just read something that our good friends over at the University of Rochester in their obsession with optics and light and such have done an experiment when light moves faster than... light.... only in the opposite direction. So I guess the velocity is still technically slower, since just the magn...
by ecshafer
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Moving to a different school
Replies: 5
Views: 861

Re: Moving to a different school

/agree with the post above. college tell them too shove it. high school good luck. but is it like they are sending you too a private high school or something? tell them to save their money, it really doesnt matter if you are in public or private when getting into college. Sometimes parents can have ...
by ecshafer
Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some tips for those applying/going to undergrad
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Some tips for those applying/going to undergrad

Undergraduate College is very important, since you need to go there to a)get a job b) get into grad school. those are the only real reasons to go to college other than maybe c) learn something that interests you and become more rounded etc. (that thing they have liberal arts requirements for). Well ...
by ecshafer
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63073

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

you might be a physics major if when someone complains about how hard their ____ (liberal arts, social science, etc) homework is you look back down at your text book and laugh. Lim physics major= business major gpa-->0 ymbapm if you join the geology club on the premise alone that its a real science....

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