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by Yreval
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.
Replies: 135
Views: 27205

Re: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.

It works, and his orbit begins to take on a curved shape. But there's now more mass on the side of him opposite his direction of motion. If he's not far enough away for the disk to be approximated as a point, this mass asymmetry pulls him back toward the lateral center of the disk--he passes over i...
by Yreval
Sun May 30, 2010 3:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Forms of artistic expression
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Forms of artistic expression

I think you're writing hobbies off because you don't have an immediate, natural aptitude at them, and that's really not giving anything a fair chance. Hobbies and arts take a lot of practice to get good at—that coordination and dexterity you lack now is something that you can develop with time and e...
by Yreval
Sun May 30, 2010 3:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: improving your work ethic?
Replies: 15
Views: 15347

Re: improving your work ethic?

http://www.rainymood.com/ has a high-quality, 30-minute loop of rain sound that loops automatically, so you don't have to replay it as you might a youtube video. On the downside, there is no volume control on the website, which can be problematic if you're listening to it alongside music (it's an in...
by Yreval
Mon May 10, 2010 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!
Replies: 96
Views: 10937

Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

So it turns out my school mistakenly ordered the tests for E&M instead of Mechanics—my school only offers Mechanics as a course—and I'll be stuck taking Form B. Fuuuun. :|
by Yreval
Mon May 10, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!
Replies: 96
Views: 10937

Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

AP Physics C in twelve hours. Funfunfun.
by Yreval
Sun May 09, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College Hunting!
Replies: 20
Views: 2380

Re: College Hunting!

I know a couple people who go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) who seem to like it. I know they have a pretty strong architecture program, along with engineering. I'm going to RPI this fall, but as a science major and not an engineer. Their engineering is huge, though, and pretty well repu...
by Yreval
Fri May 07, 2010 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!
Replies: 96
Views: 10937

Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

I think it went very well. I'm almost certain a got a 5 (although my third essay was pretty lame). My third essay was easily my worst as well, but the test was overall pretty easy. Everyone I know was bitching about the second (prose) essay, but I honestly thought it was fine. I squeezed in a lot o...
by Yreval
Wed May 05, 2010 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Can I omit previous schools from my college application?
Replies: 8
Views: 1834

Re: Can I omit previous schools from my college application?

Looking at UMBC's website info for transfer students, a transcript from each attended college or university is required. Omitting your one class would constitute submitting a falsified application as Birk said. Not a good idea. But yeah, the one D doesn't pull your overall GPA down significantly. H...
by Yreval
Wed May 05, 2010 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!
Replies: 96
Views: 10937

Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

The Calc BC test was a real mess. I'm not feeling so good about it.
by Yreval
Tue May 04, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!
Replies: 96
Views: 10937

Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Calculus BC tomorrow: I would very much like a 5, but I'm probably more likely to get a 4. Oh well; I'll do my best. English Lit on thursday: if this test isn't a guaranteed 5, well, then I guess I won't be getting any fives this year. I know this historically has very tough grading, but I've also h...
by Yreval
Mon May 03, 2010 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4863

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

A STEM professor could easily give an analysis of a book or art piece, but an English prof. wouldn't have a clue about even some relatively simple to math/science people like trig. ... Anybody can write a novel, but it takes a highly specialized expert to publish significant original research in a ...
by Yreval
Sun May 02, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4863

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

I really wish I was more articulate. I would say I'm pretty competent at reading, comprehension, and analysis, but I'm just miserable at communicating. I'm especially prone to messy, convoluted sentences. Beyond that, I always sound pretentious when I try to sound formal, and generally incomprehensi...
by Yreval
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4863

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

While I certainly agree with the sentiments that they tend to just be different skill sets and manners of thinking, I do think it's interesting to note that (at least in my experience) it's somewhat common to see other students who are highly skilled somewhat exclusively in the humanities, but rarel...
by Yreval
Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)
Replies: 5
Views: 886

Re: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)

Well, if you're on the lookout for vocal critics of String Theory, you could always mail it over to Lawrence Krauss for signature.
by Yreval
Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)
Replies: 5
Views: 886

Re: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)

Wow, you sure meet a lot of famous scientists/popularizers of science! Anyway, Tyson might be cool just for collecting a lot of "big name" science autographs on one piece of paper, but I'm not entirely sure how relevant he is to string theory—maybe comic 473 would be more relevant. If you ...
by Yreval
Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Exams you've actually enjoyed sitting.
Replies: 17
Views: 2642

Re: Exams you've actually enjoyed sitting.

I kind of enjoy taking tests in general, especially those standardized tests that everybody else seems to hate. If nothing else, the SAT and ACT were preferable to classwork (though, maybe not preferable to sleeping in. Damn Saturday tests.) I find the multiple choice sections for English AP exams t...
by Yreval
Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College choice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3471

Re: College choice?

(RPI requires that we get a very nice laptop, Lenovo something, I don't remember) waitwat. They require you get a specific brand and model of laptop? I don't know if you care, but for me, that'd be a *major* factor against. Also the fact that you have to watch where you walk seems fairly negative t...
by Yreval
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College choice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3471

Re: College choice?

*Warning: biased reasoning incoming :) * I'm most likely RPI-bound this coming fall (price being the one potentially prohibitive factor.) Their engineering program is apparently very highly esteemed, but I'm a physics major so I never personally met with any of the engineering professors when I visi...
by Yreval
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Proper clothes for student teaching?
Replies: 16
Views: 2772

Re: Proper clothes for student teaching?

Male teachers at my school (public, USA) all wear button down shirts. Some, but not all, wear a tie as well. You may be able to get away with jeans, but I'd suggest khakis or slacks.
by Yreval
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:30 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Lang: Taking the test without the class
Replies: 25
Views: 4052

Re: AP Lang: Taking the test without the class

If you're good at reading and test-taking, those are things that are probably quite natural to you and that the class would have little impact on. The essay portion, by contrast, is one where you really want to have taken the class to be prepared. Their rubrics are very specific in what they want, a...
by Yreval
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 21058

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

I've applied to colleges for the fall term for a B.S. in Physics with a Minor in Astronomy (or "concentration" or "track," depending on the school in question.) As of now I'm hoping to go to grad school and get my M.S. and perhaps even a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, but that's very far...
by Yreval
Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Happy New Decade! (aka HOLY SHIT 1990 was 20 Years ago!)
Replies: 40
Views: 5097

Re: Happy New Decade! (aka HOLY SHIT 1990 was 20 Years ago!)

Decades are and always have been 'x1-'x0. I must have been left out of that memo. While it's true that centuries are xx01 to xx00, decades are x0 to x9. Otherwise you end up with silly results like "1980 was in the 70's". I can't say I understand how that's any sillier than saying "t...
by Yreval
Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Major Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1938

Re: Double Major Question

Thanks for the help everyone, glad to see I will probably be able to do what I want If it is important, I am looking at either a math/physics double major or math/some engineering with some possible physics. Given this knowledge, I'd say it's very do-able. In fact, more than one of the colleges I v...
by Yreval
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Student Perspective question
Replies: 11
Views: 1999

Re: Student Perspective question

There's a lot of variables involved, if you ask me. If it's the start of the day, I'm gonna need a little time waking up and warming up before I'm really ready to get going. If it's the last period, most kids are tired and anxious enough that a little wind-down time is necessary; last-minute busywor...
by Yreval
Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10864

Re: ACT scores

33 Composite English - 33 Math - 32 Reading - 34 Science - 34 6th time taking it >_< My history is: 24 (sophmore) 27 (junior) 28 (junior) 28 (daydreamed 15 minutes of reading away) (junior) 27 (daydreamed 20 minutes of reading away) (senior) 33 (senior, after starting to really enjoy school (read t...
by Yreval
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reluctant to make this topic but... am I ivy competetive?
Replies: 39
Views: 6586

Re: Reluctant to make this topic but... am I ivy competetive?

Would you be a consideration at Ivy League schools? I think so. But would you necessarily get in? Maybe, but I wouldn't bet on it. I don't mean that even remotely as a personal attack—your stats are beyond impressive, and you're in a good spot in relation to other Ivy applicants. But the acceptance ...
by Yreval
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10864

Re: ACT scores

Mine just got posted. 35 Composite 35 English 33 Math 36 Reading 34 Science No writing - I took this in addition to SAT reasoning and subject tests, so it wasn't really necessary. A little surprised that Math was my lowest score. Maybe I got too cocky taking it? I always took Math for a bit of a str...
by Yreval
Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Number of SAT/AP/ACT standardized test books?
Replies: 14
Views: 1533

Re: Number of SAT/AP/ACT standardized test books?

I got an SAT prep book, but ended up never using it. Too lazy, I guess. (Shame on me.) I got a prep book for the AP Physics C exam, now, but that was sort of out of desperation. My teacher seems quite ill-equipped to be teaching the class, but I don't know how much better a prep/review book will suf...
by Yreval
Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10864

Re: ACT scores

I'm taking my ACT tomorrow. I haven't studied at all, (should I have? I hear it's less aptitude-based than the SAT) but that's mostly because I'm an east-coast student and only one of my colleges even gives a damn. I scored quite well on my SAT, but we'll have to see how that translates to the ACT. ...
by Yreval
Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Careers in Physics?
Replies: 10
Views: 1649

Re: Careers in Physics?

Well, the thing is, it's hard to say, because there's a very wide gamut of work that a physics major can get in to. They can get a number of the jobs engineering majors can get (I know you said you don't know what this means, but once again there are a lot of options—everything from collaboration wi...

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