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by cv4
Mon May 31, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 20935

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

I'm just settling down do decide what it should be, and I've figured some things out: ⋅ I value the hard sciences much more highly than I do the soft sciences. ⋅ I am very good at soft sciences. Right now I am trying to rationalize myself into an Economics, Philosophy, Cosmology...
by cv4
Thu May 27, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Before you graduated
Replies: 18
Views: 2958

Re: Before you graduated

The one thing I wish I knew before going to college was that I should have said to hell with engineering and gone with business. Kind of feel the same, kind of not. I still like parts of engineering, but would prefer to do some more business. Plan is to get in an engineering company and get my MBA ...
by cv4
Thu May 27, 2010 11:28 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Should I switch to engineering?
Replies: 4
Views: 1221

Re: Should I switch to engineering?

As said, engineering has been hit by the economic downturn like all other professions. There seems to be more opportunities for people with undergrad engineering degrees that undergrad physics degrees, which is why it may seem to you that engineering didn't get as hurt.
by cv4
Tue May 25, 2010 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The 50 book challenge
Replies: 76
Views: 14264

Re: The 50 book challenge

I have posted a couple times in this thread, so thought I would give an update. Starting May 1st (when I got home from school), I have read: -Neuromancer -The Chrysalids -Brave New World -Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -The Yiddish Policeman's Union -Stranger in a Strange Land -Slaughterhouse-Five G...
by cv4
Mon May 24, 2010 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunter S. Thompson (Merg'd wi' Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas)
Replies: 18
Views: 4124

Re: Hunter S. Thompson

I actually just read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Really liked it. His other stuff is now on my list of stuff to read.
by cv4
Mon May 17, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: note taking
Replies: 22
Views: 3542

Re: note taking

I take notes in all my classes. Even if they are available online, I prefer to take them, as it seems to be my best memorization/remembering tool. Even when studying, I prefer to rewrite notes (usually more succinct versions) as opposed to just reading them over. I use whatever cheap notebooks our s...
by cv4
Sat May 15, 2010 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I suspect that my chemistry book is bullshitting me (redox)
Replies: 11
Views: 1660

Re: I suspect that my chemistry book is bullshitting me (red

I am going to have to agree that assuming this is spontaneous is an oversight. It seems to be a fairly simple question, with looking at the electrode potentials probably being overkill. Just sticking to the basics seems to be the proper course of action here.
by cv4
Fri May 14, 2010 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I suspect that my chemistry book is bullshitting me (redox)
Replies: 11
Views: 1660

Re: I suspect that my chemistry book is bullshitting me (red

Straight from wikipedia and how it has been taught to me in chemistry, geochemistry, geochemical cycles and all other university chem courses I have taken Oxidation is the loss of electrons or an increase in oxidation state by a molecule, atom, or ion. Reduction is the gain of electrons or a decreas...
by cv4
Fri May 14, 2010 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I suspect that my chemistry book is bullshitting me (redox)
Replies: 11
Views: 1660

Re: I suspect that my chemistry book is bullshitting me (red

The oxidizing agent is what is being reduced.

Fe(2+) --> Fe(0) - reduction (oxidizing agent)
Ti(4+) --> Ti(4+) - nothing
O(2-) --> O(2-) - nothing
H(0) --> H(+1) - oxidation (reducing agent)
by cv4
Thu May 13, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Should I Graduate Early
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Re: Should I Graduate Early

I have to agree with the last poster and disagree with the high school kid. Doing a senior thesis and graduating with honours are pretty important in the real world. It is one of the things that differentiates you from the slackers who only did 3 year major programs. Also, I don't know how it is in ...
by cv4
Sun May 09, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Degree Online?
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: Engineering Degree Online?

It doesn't surprise me that there is no online engineering degrees available. It is a tough program, and unless the student was brilliant, it would be very difficult to learn the necessary material in that type of setting. Also, at least in my program, there a significant amount of classes with labs...
by cv4
Sun May 09, 2010 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The 50 book challenge
Replies: 76
Views: 14264

Re: The 50 book challenge

Agreed that there would be flaws, but I feel it is a better system than 50 books. You could plow through fifty 100 page books in no time.

Now, this isn't an issue, as no one is forced to try this challenge. Just an observation more than anything.
by cv4
Sat May 08, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The 50 book challenge
Replies: 76
Views: 14264

Re: The 50 book challenge

Plus, can I double count victorian and russian lit books for their being near 5-600 pages? It's things like this that should make it a page count challenge. Say 300 page books are standard, since people would read super short books just to count them, the the competition would be 15,000 pages (whic...
by cv4
Sat May 08, 2010 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Calculus in engineering education
Replies: 10
Views: 1764

Re: Calculus in engineering education

Currently in Mechanical Engineering, so I will throw my 2 cents in as well. I would agree with the point that people who are smart enough to get A's in calculus classes generally pursue their masters. This distinction is what allows them to be differentiated from those that struggle with marks (alon...
by cv4
Tue May 04, 2010 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The 50 book challenge
Replies: 76
Views: 14264

Re: The 50 book challenge

I probably read 30-40 books a year. I don't particularly want to try that challenge, because I would just be trying to plow through books than appreciate them and fully take them in. If I read 50 books in a year, so be it. If not, I have many more decades to get through what I want to read.
by cv4
Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Summer Reading List
Replies: 5
Views: 1806

Re: Summer Reading List

Yeah. I have been meaning to get to it for awhile. Seems like a pretty ridiculous book.
by cv4
Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Summer Reading List
Replies: 5
Views: 1806

Re: Summer Reading List

Just read them in a random order. You will just waste time trying to determine any other order. To spice this thread up a bit, here is my summer reading list: A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein Neuromancer -...
by cv4
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College Acceptances and a Withdrawn Course
Replies: 9
Views: 1573

Re: College Acceptances and a Withdrawn Course

Calculus is hard enough. Learning it online makes it harder.

Just explain this and how you didn't think you were learning it properly for future use, and that you would rather take it in a more standard environment to fully grasp this subject.
by cv4
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Movies Featuring people with mental problems
Replies: 16
Views: 2459

Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Batman. That guy has issues. for serious. Do an in-depth study into his symptoms and habits and determine what disorder he is likely to have. If you do it well, it will be way better than anything else you can do and if your prof isn't a complete loser, they will appreciate it too. Also, if done we...
by cv4
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sources of Inspiration
Replies: 23
Views: 2051

Re: Sources of Inspiration

In grade 12 I realized that: a) I liked physics better than biology or chemistry b) I realized I wasn't going to get a baseball scholarship to a school worth going to These, along with always liking robots, machines and sci-fi led to start a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. 3 years in, its not b...
by cv4
Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: what should I major in
Replies: 25
Views: 3734

Re: what should I major in

Currently getting concurrent degrees in Geology and Mechanical Engineering, so I will give you my input on geology jobs. Basically, I wouldn't get just a geology degree. A 4 year H.B.Sc. isn't bad, but most people I know are getting more than that. Some in Planetary Sciences, Physical Geography, Che...
by cv4
Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Planning to be a Math/Music Major
Replies: 19
Views: 2807

Re: Planning to be a Math/controlled sonic assault Major

I was super confused with your post until I saw the little note at the bottom.

I am assuming the Pornography Storage Apparatus Spirituality = Comp. Sci. and Tatooine = General/Arts/Humanities?
by cv4
Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Human Target
Replies: 22
Views: 3247

Re: Human Target

I also can see the resemblance to Burn Notice. I also find it funny that it is called Human Target, as an adaptation of the DC comic, but it is nothing like the comic. Purely using it to cash in on the fledging comic book adaptation market. Either way, it is just a fun, entertaining action show. Thu...
by cv4
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Replies: 19
Views: 3794

Re: Fantastic Mr. Fox

The animation really threw me off when I started watching it, but by the end I was a big fan.
by cv4
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Favorite Engineering branch?
Replies: 68
Views: 9425

Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Currently in Mechanical Engineering. I guess I would have to say I like it best, since it gives me a wide range of possibilities for when I graduate.
by cv4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kindle, Nook, E-Reader and other Ebooks
Replies: 106
Views: 26310

Re: Kindle, Nook, E-Reader and other Ebooks

While I am not quite as intense (for the lack of a better word) as the last poster, I share his general sentiments. I would rather spend a couple extra bucks each book and eventually have a large collection of hard copies, instead of all of them only letters on a screen that could be lost or just fo...
by cv4
Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Replies: 27
Views: 8516

Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand

I really like the stylized, over-the-top visuals. After watching the first two episodes, I would say that it definitely entertains me enough to continue watching.
by cv4
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11859

Re: Pencils!

I prefer mechanical pencils, because needing a sharpener is a pain in the ass. But at this point in time, I am not too attached to any one pencil, <= 0.7 and a padded grip-thingy and I am fine with that.
by cv4
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Food Fights
Replies: 14
Views: 1913

Re: Food Fights

I have never been in a full scale food fight in our cafeteria while in high school, but I was in a snowball fight. Doors from our caf led outside, so a bunch of us starting making snowballs and chucking them across the cafeteria. Pretty funny, and less damaging than a food fight.
by cv4
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 20935

What's Your Major?

I am assuming something like this has been done in the past, but it is the kind of thing that can always be resurrected. So, simple question, what is your major/what are you getting your degree in? As I started the topic, I am doing: Bachelor of Engineering Science - Mechanical & Materials Engin...
by cv4
Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What sucks about being so smart?
Replies: 99
Views: 14051

Re: What sucks about being so smart?

This thread really needs to die. It is really either:
a) high school kids thinking they are the smartest people ever, since they haven't gotten the shock that is university yet
b) university kids who reminisce about being smart in high school and now are just average in university
by cv4
Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Major Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1936

Re: Double Major Question

If you plan on getting both of your degrees as 4 year specializations or honours, you will be hard pressed to do that in 6 years, let alone any less. If you get a 4 year degree (say engineering) and then a 3 year degree (B.Sc. Physics), you could do it in 5. This does not make a whole lot of sense ...
by cv4
Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Major Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1936

Re: Double Major Question

If you plan on getting both of your degrees as 4 year specializations or honours, you will be hard pressed to do that in 6 years, let alone any less. If you get a 4 year degree (say engineering) and then a 3 year degree (B.Sc. Physics), you could do it in 5.
by cv4
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Want a Sci-Fi Movie
Replies: 24
Views: 3774

Re: Want a Sci-Fi Movie

To reiterate a couple posts, I Am Legend, Moon and Blade Runner are all fantastic.

I really liked Sunshine as well. Also, The Mutant Chronicles was very good in my opinion.
by cv4
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Computer for college
Replies: 13
Views: 1705

Re: Computer for college

At my university, we have a p2p server on our school network, fully supported by the school. The speeds are outrageous. In first year when I was in residence, I had to go out and buy an external HDD just because I was downloading so much. I don't know why a previous poster told you not to bring an e...
by cv4
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What To Do As An Undergrad To Get Into A Top Grad School
Replies: 26
Views: 4311

Re: What To Do As An Undergrad To Get Into A Top Grad School

As stated, along with all of the research, you do need good grades. Getting scholarships, bursaries, etc. for a grad student is a big part of it and a key to these is good grades.
by cv4
Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The eternal undergraduates.
Replies: 3
Views: 1262

Re: The eternal undergraduates.

Eh, 6 years isn't that bad. I am doing 5 with concurrent degrees in Mech. Engineering and Geology. I have some friends doing 6 as well because of changing programs, concurrent degrees, internships, etc. Assuming you entered post secondary at a normal age (17/18) then you still graduate at 24. It's n...
by cv4
Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What sucks about being so smart?
Replies: 99
Views: 14051

Re: What sucks about being so smart?

If I were in your shoes and I didn't want my friends to think I was that smart, they wouldn't even know that I was in the 99th Percentile on the PSAT's. That is information you apparently shared. You let people know you are smart, then expect them to not ask for help. In my experience, it is often ...
by cv4
Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What sucks about being so smart?
Replies: 99
Views: 14051

Re: What sucks about being so smart?

Well, like most things, it's what's commonly accepted that matters most. It just so happens that common knowledge associates my name with intelligence and, unfortunately, nothing else. It's always, "Alex? The one who 5'ed the calculus AP test?" or "Alex? The one who scored the 99th p...
by cv4
Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 163067

Re: Your Schedule

Turiski wrote:
sv4 wrote:I'm getting concurrent degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Earth Sciences.

o.O
Good luck with that.


Its not that bad. I really am into Earth Sci, and it isn't super difficult, so I like that stuff. Engineering isn't that bad either, other than a couple of the courses.

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