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

Postby BlackSails » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:37 am UTC

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


That sounds perverse

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

Postby doogly » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:38 am UTC

BlackSails wrote:
doogly wrote:
I plan on rotating your cow, so you better give it nonzero dimension.


That sounds perverse


You think so, eh? There's a distinct possibility that you are a physics major.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby BlackSails » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:02 am UTC

doogly wrote:
BlackSails wrote:
doogly wrote:
I plan on rotating your cow, so you better give it nonzero dimension.


That sounds perverse


You think so, eh? There's a distinct possibility that you are a physics major.


Oh yeah? Well your mom and I made a harmonic oscillator.

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

Postby doogly » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:11 am UTC

BlackSails wrote:
doogly wrote:
BlackSails wrote:
doogly wrote:
I plan on rotating your cow, so you better give it nonzero dimension.


That sounds perverse


You think so, eh? There's a distinct possibility that you are a physics major.


Oh yeah? Well your mom and I made a harmonic oscillator.


Oh yeah? I caused your mom to be damped.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:58 am UTC

Your mom and I are here on the root locus.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby asad137 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:20 am UTC

PhantomPhanatic wrote:Your mom and I are here on the root locus.


Ok, I have a PhD in physics and I didn't get that one. You got some 'splainin' to do.

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

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:37 am UTC

asad137 wrote:
PhantomPhanatic wrote:Your mom and I are here on the root locus.


Ok, I have a PhD in physics and I didn't get that one. You got some 'splainin' to do.

Asad


A system that has only imaginary values on the root locus are Lyapunov stable allowing the system to oscillate undamped for long periods of time (basically like an undamped spring-mass system). It also has the potential to get hot-and-heavy when a harmonic frequency is reached causing the oscillations to increase in amplitude......if ya catch my drift.....
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby paradoxeater » Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:04 pm UTC

you get this joke
a neutron walks into a bar and asks how much a beer is, the bartender says "for you, no charge"

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:16 pm UTC

paradoxeater wrote:you get this joke
a neutron walks into a bar and asks how much a beer is, the bartender says "for you, no charge"


Except that I've been hearing that since fifth grade. And even being a physics-interested youngster, I'd wager most people above...seventh grade or so would get it.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby paradoxeater » Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:45 am UTC

ok fine ill post another
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Postby Hit3k » Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:43 am UTC

YMBAPM if you carry around a pen and notebook for occassions when someone wonders out loud "I wonder how fast [object x] is going".
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:40 pm UTC

You might be a physics major if you're a total nazi about the proper use of Speed / Velocity and Heat / Temperature.
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Postby doogly » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:49 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:You might be a physics major if you're a total nazi about the proper use of Speed / Velocity and Heat / Temperature.


But I definitely made fun of the kiddies who tried to use "mass" as a verb in my lab. Silly little critters, the lot of em.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Ratio » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:28 pm UTC

YMBAPM if when someone says: "I weight 80Kg" you want to stab them.


Looking back, similar ones have been done.

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

Postby doogly » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:29 pm UTC

You may also just really like stabbing. It's a possibility.

It could even be both!
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby scikidus » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:36 pm UTC

YMBAPM...

...if you get pleasure in telling people that Big Macs have 576,000 calories in them.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby BlackSails » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:44 pm UTC

scikidus wrote:YMBAPM...

...if you get pleasure in telling people that Big Macs have 576,000 calories in them.


Using calories as a unit of measurement automatically makes you a chemist.

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

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:48 pm UTC

BlackSails wrote:
scikidus wrote:YMBAPM...

...if you get pleasure in telling people that Big Macs have 576,000 calories in them.


Using calories as a unit of measurement automatically makes you a chemist.


Indeed. Physicist units are eV and J.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby doogly » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:57 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
BlackSails wrote:
scikidus wrote:YMBAPM...

...if you get pleasure in telling people that Big Macs have 576,000 calories in them.


Using calories as a unit of measurement automatically makes you a chemist.


Indeed. Physicist units are eV and J.


Better yet, make all quantities dimensionless.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby scikidus » Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:23 pm UTC

doogly wrote:Better yet, make all quantities dimensionless.

Wouldn't that make you a mathematician? ;)
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Certhas » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:23 am UTC

You are definitely not a physics major if you are defending a chemistry majors honour.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Tautology » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:23 am UTC

You might be a Physics major if you know the Greek alphabet better than the Latin one.

On a side note, the margins of all my first-year Physics notes were covered in me practising new letters that I wasn't familiar with. Lowercase Phi, now there's one I spent a while on. And I still can't do a proper Alpha.

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

Postby danpilon54 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:06 pm UTC

Tautology wrote:You might be a Physics major if you know the Greek alphabet better than the Latin one.

On a side note, the margins of all my first-year Physics notes were covered in me practising new letters that I wasn't familiar with. Lowercase Phi, now there's one I spent a while on. And I still can't do a proper Alpha.


those are easy, try lowercase xi... My math prof used that as like every variable. Taking notes was horrendous.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

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Tautology wrote:You might be a Physics major if you know the Greek alphabet better than the Latin one.

On a side note, the margins of all my first-year Physics notes were covered in me practising new letters that I wasn't familiar with. Lowercase Phi, now there's one I spent a while on. And I still can't do a proper Alpha.


those are easy, try lowercase xi... My math prof used that as like every variable. Taking notes was horrendous.


Zeta's almost as bad as xi, just looks like a squiggly line but it's not, and some professors will write them like roh......lower case sigma is bad too. Always mistake my omegas for w's and upsilon tends to look too much like nu when I write it. So far I've used every Greek letter but omicron and iota (most likely because they resemble Latin letters too much).
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Postby doogly » Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:53 pm UTC

I've known people who just called zeta and xi squiggle one and squiggle two. I on the other hand was also a Classics major, so I revel in the use of Greek letters whenever possible.
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Postby danpilon54 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:28 pm UTC

If I am ever a math/physics professor, whenever I have to use 2 variables I am going to use zeta and xi just to torture students. I can see it now, just a series of squiggles that's supposed to mean something...
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Postby Certhas » Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:38 pm UTC

You might be a mathematical physicist if you ran out of greek letters and had to dip into the hebrew alphabet. (Aleph_n does not count)
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby scikidus » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:28 pm UTC

Certhas wrote:You might be a mathematical physicist if you ran out of greek letters and had to dip into the hebrew alphabet. (Aleph_n does not count)

"So if we allow gimmel prime to extend to vav sub 3, and divide the result into lamud, we find that resh cannot extend past taf."

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Postby idobox » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:03 pm UTC

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Page 5-32 Chinese ideograms
Page 33-40 Maya petroglyphs
Page 41-54 most common hieroglyphs
Page 55 Riemann functions
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby doogly » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:30 pm UTC

Certhas wrote:You might be a mathematical physicist if you ran out of greek letters and had to dip into the hebrew alphabet. (Aleph_n does not count)


Yes, I had to do this in algebraic topology last year. This way I could have a1, a2, a3, b1, b2, b3, c1, c2, c3, alpha1, alpha2.... aleph1, aleph2.... gimmel3. It was my proudest moment in the class.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby paradoxeater » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:20 am UTC

when you say your yo-yo can defey gravity because its held up by string theory(AND IN SCIENCE GUESSES ARE CALLED THEORIES)

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

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:25 am UTC

Hypotheses, actually.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby hideki101 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:30 am UTC

When you get peeved by the common usage of theory vs. the scientific usage of the word theory.

Also, when you prefer to use the term "electric potential" instead of "voltage"
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby Mitchell » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:44 pm UTC

hideki101 wrote:When you get peeved by the common usage of theory vs. the scientific usage of the word theory.



I think that applies to most sciences, especially Biology.
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Re: You might be a physics major if...

Postby BlackSails » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:23 pm UTC

hideki101 wrote:When you get peeved by the common usage of theory vs. the scientific usage of the word theory.

Also, when you prefer to use the term "electric potential" instead of "voltage"


Electric potential and voltage are different though. Voltage is a measure of the difference in electric potential between two points.

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

Postby asad137 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:06 pm UTC

Mitchell wrote:I think that applies to most sciences, especially Biology.


Yeah, I think the biologists get the brunt of it, having to deal with idiots who say evolution is "just a theory".

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

Postby Govalant » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:45 pm UTC

BlackSails wrote:
hideki101 wrote:When you get peeved by the common usage of theory vs. the scientific usage of the word theory.

Also, when you prefer to use the term "electric potential" instead of "voltage"


Electric potential and voltage are different though. Voltage is a measure of the difference in electric potential between two points.

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

Postby Rowe » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:55 pm UTC

Wow, I'm looking forward to my physics classes.

just so i can understand threads like this.

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

Postby paradoxeater » Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:26 pm UTC

whenever someone says ANYTHING related to heat, you go into a lengthy discussion about thermodynamics(holy fuck i actually spelled that right...)

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

Postby Uber_Apple » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:21 pm UTC

... you get this:

Two cats are sitting on a rough roof. Which one falls off first?

Spoiler:
The one with the smallest mew [math]\mu[/math]


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