my research's audience? uh..well...pretty...pretty much other scientists....mostly just other scientists. yeah

it wouldve been so meaningful to me if the entirety of this semester had simply been cancelled

i'm in the electric field
i'm in the magnetic field
i'm in the combination electromagnetic field

i dont have imposter syndrome concerning my research. but it did give me an appreciation for just how much work from dozens of people goes into even small results, and how much every step of that deserves to be celebrated and elucidated

remember! dont cheat on this test! it's wrong! i have no way of finding out! integrity!

this seems like a smart and normal way to structure a degree

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Step 1. introduction to mathematical tool

Step 2. Application of tool that requires mastery

Step 3. Formal theory of how tool is applied to step 2

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i had a really cool physics degree program that told me Linear Algebra was not required. so anyway i took it first on a whim. then a year later saw it in a mechanics class where it was absolutely crucial to passing the course. now i'm formally learning the method i already had to master how to use linear algebra for differential equations

every time a problem states, "a meter stick is moving at velocity..." and doesn't explicitly tell me, i spend about 5 minutes asking "but how long is the stick???"

working through homework problems on Special Relativity is deceptive: the formulae are simple as long as I properly identify the inertial frames and their relationships to each other

getting the right answer does not mean i *understand* what i'm doing.

every time someone refers to ω as 'w' or calls it 'angular frequency' instead of 'angular velocity,' i die a little bit

In times like this, it's more clear than ever that it doesn't really add anything to the world in a meaningful, positive way

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if i were trying to measure the length of an object moving at relativistic speeds, i would simply hold a ruler up next to it

always nice to walk out of an exam and hear everyone who sat it say, "i didn't have time to finish." it's a good indication the curve will be generous since assigning a whole class an F reflects pretty poorly on the instructor

physics undergrad professors love to assign 1 huge homework problem that incorporates 5 skills that the student then gets to practice once, instead of assigning multiple shorter, more fundamental exercises to build the student's skills through repetition

doing physics: "i long for the pure simplicity of mathematics"

doing math: "all of this is pointless! i need context!"

Homework Forum Hell 3/3 

they followed up with "maybe you're not prepared for this mechanics course." It's a question on the Hamiltonian, chapter 13 of an undergrad mechanics text. telling me, halfway through the second semester of mechanics that I'm not ready for mechanics is....again you'd have to be deliberately trying to be unhelpful

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