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

Postby Fluid_Dynamic » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:20 am UTC

Monty40xi wrote:
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.


Pff, forget the wave equation. When you know what a soliton is.

Also, with regards to physicists splitting the bill...
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby meat.paste » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:57 pm UTC

Mitchell wrote:YMBAPM if you get frustrated with common misconceptions about conservation of energy.

For the last time, you can't get out more than you put in, no matter how fancy your super-duper contraption is.


The commercials for gizmos that improve gas mileage by splitting water into H2 and O2 drive me crazy. Where the hell is the energy coming from to split the water? Why do the people think the energy conversion will be greater than unity?!?!?

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

Postby Hydralisk » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:02 pm UTC

YMBAPM if you ever drunkenly tried to catch a neutrino.

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

Postby Certhas » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:04 pm UTC

Herman wrote:YMBAPM if...

To you, a bra is not an undergarment.



You are baffled by googles results upon searching for "latex bra"

You know how far light goes in a femtosecond.
.....or even if you know what a femtosecond is.


.....and you might be a theoretician if you thought that obviously the distance light travels in a fs is exactly 1fs since c is obviously 1
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Luthen » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:12 am UTC

You might be becoming a physics major if... you're becoming less idealistic as you're ripped from your ideal world pre-university-cocoon and forced to contemplate non-ideal fluids and surfaces with friction.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:32 pm UTC

ecshafer wrote: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."


An Aerospace Engineer can say that.....which I am in the process of becoming.....and indeed I've been known to say this on occasion.....


Luthen wrote:You might be becoming a physics major if... you're becoming less idealistic as you're ripped from your ideal world pre-university-cocoon and forced to contemplate non-ideal fluids and surfaces with friction.


I must say that you've hit the nail on the head. Although, not even at University does one consider non-idealized systems that often. The real world is where the cocoon ripping begins......



Oh....and also....

YMBAPM if......you over-complicate explanations of everyday occurrences.

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

Postby Batman7 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:22 am 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.



Ahh but the premise was that you take a shot when NEWTONS LAWS are violated. Even if such a bullet, as mentioned in your example, existed it would be traveling at relativistic speeds. Newtons laws still would not apply to it and you would have to take a shot.

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:36 am UTC

Hrm? No. Impulse refers to the fact that momentum is the integral of force with respect to time, or the change in momentum is, at least. So he's saying that if you accelerate the bullet very, very, slowly, time is large and force is low--the shooter feels very little force. (This could be accomplished...uh...magnetically maybe...it's not important) but the target would stop the bullet very quickly and hence take all the force at once. So they could be thrown back by the force, while the shooter, with their giant gun, feels a much smaller force distributed over time.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Mitchell » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:27 am UTC

A gun to appreciably have acceleration slow a but a high bullet velocity would likely have such a mass that it would need additional support, which could take the force itself. No need to reinvent the tank...

...

Okay, I take that back upon remembering who we're talking about.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby danpilon54 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:36 am UTC

*proud that his off-topic remark from many posts ago is causing strife*


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Postby Cynical Idealist » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:13 am UTC

Mr. Beck wrote:I remember a conversation I had with my old physics teacher, who was trained in astrophysics.
Him: You know, if we could suspend a diamond [number] of kilometers wide several meters above the surface of the earth, we could get a zone of zero gravitational acceleration?
Me: That sounds- a little small, maybe?
Him: I, uhh, might be off by an order of magnitude. Or three.

To be fair, I think you could get a zone of zero gravitational acceleration by suspending a diamond a few kilometers wide several meters above the surface of the earth.


It would just be rather small.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby ecshafer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:23 am UTC

roundedge wrote:When you tell people what you want study, people look confused and say "you mean like developing makeup?"



HaHa, YES. I get that so often when I mention Cosmology. I just whimper a bit... and say that's cosmetology....

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

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:29 am UTC

Mitchell wrote:A gun to appreciably have acceleration slow a but a high bullet velocity would likely have such a mass that it would need additional support, which could take the force itself. No need to reinvent the tank...

...

Okay, I take that back upon remembering who we're talking about.


Well yeah, nobody's claiming it's a good idea. But to claim that such a mechanism involves relativistic velocities is equally ludicrous.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby ecshafer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:56 am UTC

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
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ymbapm if you join the geology club on the premise alone that its a real science.. not like the damn psychology club and their damn pseudo science

ymbapm if the word Feyman peaks your interest.

ymbapm if take the purity scale to heart http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/200 ... -pay_N.htm

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

Postby Mitchell » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:04 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:
Mitchell wrote:A gun to appreciably have acceleration slow a but a high bullet velocity would likely have such a mass that it would need additional support, which could take the force itself. No need to reinvent the tank...

...

Okay, I take that back upon remembering who we're talking about.


Well yeah, nobody's claiming it's a good idea. But to claim that such a mechanism involves relativistic velocities is equally ludicrous.


Well, maybe it's a MAC platform gun and the bullet is the size of a pea.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Batman7 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:41 am UTC

I realized that a bullet wouldnt have to be moving at relativistic speeds after I posted.

I went and did a back of the napkin calculations and was surprised at just how much kinetic energy even a standard bullet has. My only first hand experience with guns is bb guns as a kid; I think that subconsciously colored my perception.

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

Postby Certhas » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:50 am UTC

Cynical Idealist wrote:To be fair, I think you could get a zone of zero gravitational acceleration by suspending a diamond a few kilometers wide several meters above the surface of the earth.
It would just be rather small.


And rather far underground.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Mitchell » Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:09 pm UTC

Certhas wrote:
Cynical Idealist wrote:To be fair, I think you could get a zone of zero gravitational acceleration by suspending a diamond a few kilometers wide several meters above the surface of the earth.
It would just be rather small.


And rather far underground.


Not to mention a little expensive.

No, not the diamond. I meant the theme park under it.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Note To Self » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:28 pm UTC

...your lecturer reprimands you for writing "Astrology" instead of "Astronomy" at the head of your assignment. [guilty]

When Quantum Mechanics makes much more sense than error calculations.

When instead of pictures of friends and family adorning your room and desk; you have pictures of the LHC. [guilty]

When you know and understand all of the words and terms in the LHC rap.

Whenever something goes wrong with a relativistic calculation, you throw a gamma in *somewhere* and hope for the best. (maybe just first years?).

When you can say with 68.3% confidence that most of your jokes are related to Physics or Statistical Analysis.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Mr. Beck » Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:09 pm UTC

Note To Self wrote:When you know and understand all of the words and terms in the LHC rap.

LHCB sees where the antimatter's gone
ALICE look at collisions
of lead ions
CMS and ATLAS
are two of a kind
They're looking of whatever
new particles they can find

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and the things that it discovers
will rock you in the head!


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

Postby SpitValve » Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:49 pm UTC

Note To Self wrote:...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 the top of the assignment :)

I didn't take off any marks, but I circled it and wrote "Not a good start".

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

Postby Monty40xi » Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:43 pm UTC

PhantomPhanatic wrote:
Luthen wrote:You might be becoming a physics major if... you're becoming less idealistic as you're ripped from your ideal world pre-university-cocoon and forced to contemplate non-ideal fluids and surfaces with friction.


I must say that you've hit the nail on the head. Although, not even at University does one consider non-idealized systems that often. The real world is where the cocoon ripping begins......

Some universities emphasize non-idealized systems more than others. My mechanical engineering courses spent a little time telling us about a nice simple equation, and a lot of time telling us exactly what will go wrong if we use it.


My 2 cents on the bullet/impulse/momentum thing - consider the baseball pitch. A bare human hand can accelerate a baseball from 0 to 90 mph without injury. A bare human hand taking that same ball from 90 mph to 0 has a good chance of being broken. The sudden stop involves the same momentum, less distance, less time, and much higher force.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Herman » Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:35 am UTC

You know that when it comes to dirty-sounding physics terms, Uranus has nothing on stimulated emission.

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

Postby scikidus » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:54 pm UTC

YMBAPM if...
...you see this commercial on TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3-sSoGAOGo

and you laugh, thinking how stupid Martin is for using a telescope in the daytime, and then wonder if he's observing the sun with a solar filter, observe lighting angles to determine if he is, figure out the model of telescope, andtyr ot find what attachment he would be using.

Yep, that happened to me.
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Postby Quizatzhaderac » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:53 pm UTC

Monty40xi wrote: 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 nightclub shoutting enough basic science to define your major.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby SpitValve » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:53 pm UTC

scikidus wrote:YMBAPM if...
...you see this commercial on TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3-sSoGAOGo

and you laugh, thinking how stupid Martin is for using a telescope in the daytime, and then wonder if he's observing the sun with a solar filter, observe lighting angles to determine if he is, figure out the model of telescope, andtyr ot find what attachment he would be using.

Yep, that happened to me.


Kinda looks like they're in the shade there... he's pointing it at a tree? He's obviously a genius because he's spying on the neighbour's cat.

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Postby scikidus » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:59 pm UTC

No, the angle is all wrong. Unless the neighbor's house is literally right on top of where the road should be. Or the apartment has a 4-story house.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Alefgard » Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:53 am UTC

... on a rainy day you construct a catapult only with materials you find in your bed room.
... when you lay down and look at clouds you start thinking about flow and liquid mechanics, regardless of how hard you try not to.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby danpilon54 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:27 am UTC

Alefgard wrote:... when you lay down and look at clouds you start thinking about flow and liquid mechanics, regardless of how hard you try not to.


I do this every time when I see a river flowing over small stones...
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:27 am UTC

danpilon54 wrote:
Alefgard wrote:... when you lay down and look at clouds you start thinking about flow and liquid mechanics, regardless of how hard you try not to.
I do this every time when I see a river flowing over small stones...
I start thinking about radiative surfaces whenever I fry an egg...

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:22 pm UTC

Driving produces all kinds of physics thoughts for me.
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Postby Diadem » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:56 pm UTC

PhantomPhanatic wrote:I must say that you've hit the nail on the head. Although, not even at University does one consider non-idealized systems that often. The real world is where the cocoon ripping begins......


Luckily I study theoretical physics. The real world does not concern me.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby ecshafer » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:31 am UTC

SpitValve wrote:
Note To Self wrote:...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 the top of the assignment :)

I didn't take off any marks, but I circled it and wrote "Not a good start".



Astrology is a joke. I would take points off if they said astrology in place of astronomy. Its like people who think you do make up when you say cosmology.
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Postby ecshafer » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:36 am UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
Monty40xi wrote: 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 nightclub shoutting enough basic science to define your major.


I can relate. any science major would have to start from point a to explain to most of the normal people what they study. And even then the normal people just kind of smile and nod when they are totally lost.

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

Postby Mitchell » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:39 am UTC

ecshafer wrote:
SpitValve wrote:
Note To Self wrote:...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 the top of the assignment :)

I didn't take off any marks, but I circled it and wrote "Not a good start".



Astrology is a joke. I would take points off if they said astrology in place of astronomy. Its like people who think you do make up when you say cosmology.
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Postby Plasma Man » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:19 pm UTC

You dance to Shania Twain's That Don't Impress Me Much just so that when it gets to the part where it goes "So you're a rocket scientist?" you can go "Yes, actually."

You'll spend more time working out the most efficient way to do something than it would have taken to just do it in an inefficient way.
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Postby SpitValve » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

ecshafer wrote:Astrology is a joke. I would take points off if they said astrology in place of astronomy. Its like people who think you do make up when you say cosmology.
Things like these make me a die a little on the inside.


I give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume they accidentally wrote the same word rather than actually have the concepts confused. I still find myself writing "there" instead of "they're" if I'm not paying attention.

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

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:08 am UTC

SpitValve wrote:
ecshafer wrote:Astrology is a joke. I would take points off if they said astrology in place of astronomy. Its like people who think you do make up when you say cosmology.
Things like these make me a die a little on the inside.


I give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume they accidentally wrote the same word rather than actually have the concepts confused. I still find myself writing "there" instead of "they're" if I'm not paying attention.


My Astronomy class was such a joke that I might have written Astrology on a paper or two just to be funny. Should've taken it at a real university.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby IHOPancake » Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:10 am UTC

I'm a freshman studying mechanical engineering, but this still applies.

You here the spherical cow joke and wonder why they're doing more work than necessary. Assume the cow is a point.
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Postby doogly » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:26 am UTC

IHOPancake wrote:I'm a freshman studying mechanical engineering, but this still applies.

You here the spherical cow joke and wonder why they're doing more work than necessary. Assume the cow is a point.


I plan on rotating your cow, so you better give it nonzero dimension.
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