Science and Math Guides

Here contains guides for all the sciences and maths. Guides are broad self help for non technical topics usually dealing with academia or career advice.

artificial intelligence

The Rise of AI in Classrooms, Labs and Industry – Part 3

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We asked our PF Advisors “How do you see the rise in A.I. affecting STEM in the lab, classroom, industry and or in everyday society?”. We got so many…
artificial intelligence

The Rise of Artificial intelligence in STEM Labs, Classrooms, and Industry

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We asked our PF Advisors "How do you see the rise in A.I. affecting STEM in the lab, classroom, industry and or in everyday society?". We got so many great…
android rooting

An Intro to the Systemless Interface of Rooting Android Phones

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What you can learn from this article:What is meant by rooting an Android phone Steps to take before proceeding to root your phone Google’s…
bloatware android phones

Clearing Misconceptions and Some Tips on Debloating Android Phones

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What is bloatware? When you unbox your new phone, it comes with Android that is pre-installed by the manufacturer. This is termed as “stock firmware”.…
what if physics questions

How to Avoid Breaking Physics With Your "What If" Question

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We get a lot of "what if" questions here on Physics Forums. This article will explore three different types and then some suggestions for students who…
20 year tech predictions

What Technology or Discovery Will Be the Most Revolutionary Within 20 Years?

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We asked our advisors "What technology or scientific discovery will be the most revolutionary within the next 20 years?" Here are their responses… Demystifier "Machine…

Aiming High and Managing Distractions as Keys to Success for Science Majors

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Over the years, I've noticed some distinct trends among the physics and chemistry majors I've mentored and worked with.Those with GPAs in the 3.8-4.0…
Simple Harmonic Oscillator Laboratory

An Accurate Simple Harmonic Oscillator Laboratory

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Learning Objectives * Execute a specific experimental procedure to test a specific hypothesis. * Use the Tracker video analysis software for a simple…
Telescope Buying Guide

Guide to Buying Your First Telescope

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We often have questions about what telescope an aspiring amateur astronomer should buy. The "correct" answer can be elusive and is highly dependent on…
physicsblogs

What Are Your Favorite Science or Math Blogs?

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We asked our PF Advisors to tell us what their favorite science or math blog is (other than PF Insights). Here are their responses…  …

What Academic Advice Would You Tell Your 18 Year Old Self?

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We asked our PF Advisors to tell us what academic advice would you tell your 18 year old self. Here are their responses…Thanks to all the PF…
advisor_textbooks

What's Your Most Memorable Textbook?

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We asked our PF Advisors to tell us their most memorable or influential textbook and why. Here are their responses...Thanks to all the PF Advisors…
debatetips

3 New Years Tips For Cooling Off Debates

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 Civil discussion and debate is critical to Physics Forums. But it is also important in everyday life. When arguments get overheated, people may…
textbook

The Birth of a Physics Textbook

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 It is said that you should accomplish three things in life:Plant a tree. Have a child. Write a book.Out of the three, I have…
10mathtips

10 Math Tips to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes

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Exam situations are always situations of stress. It comes with our endeavor to be as good as possible together with our fear to fail. Some students handle…
solarimaging

Getting Started with Solar System Imaging

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Some of the most visible objects in the sky are objects within our own solar system: including the Sun, moon, and planets. These objects are generally…
computerlanguages

An Introduction to Computer Languages

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In this Insights Guide the focus is entirely on types of languages, how they relate to what computers actually do, and how they are used by people. It…
tripods

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Tripods

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 A tripod holds a camera still while the shutter is open, preventing motion blur.  The tripod must be able to maintain this stability in…
dslr

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: DSLR

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 I'm ready for a DSLR!A: These cameras were originally designed for professionals.  Users of these cameras are expected to already understand…
astro_advanced

Learn Advanced Astrophotography Tips

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 "I’ve tried astrophotography and want to know how to improve."Here’s where I assume you are contemplating purchase of a tracking…
astro_inter

Learn Intermediate Astrophotography Tips

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  Level 2: I know how to use a camera, what do I need to know for astrophotography? Image processing methods used to reduce background and noise…
astro_intro

Introduction to Astrophotography for Beginners

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 For this Insight series (3 total), my assumption is that either you are using a camera (with an attached lens) or you already know how to…
digitalcamera3

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Bridge Cameras

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 I've never owned a camera, but I want to get a 'real' camera (that doesn't cost too much). I've owned an entry-level camera already and…
digitalcamera2

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Compact Point and Shoot

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 I've never owned a camera (besides what is in my cell phone and laptop). I want to take pictures at parties and post them online or email…
digitalcamera1

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Introduction

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 First, congratulations! Camera technology has advanced to the point where a complete novice, using an entry-level camera right out of the…
introphysics

So I Am Your Intro Physics Instructor

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I posted this elsewhere (on my personal blog), and someone mentioned that maybe it might also be useful here on PF. So I'm reproducing the entire entry…
qualitycontrol

Reflections on Technology Product Quality

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On Hardware Quality It is impossible to test quality into a product. Quality must be designed into the product.The hardware designer is always…
selfstudy

How to Self Study Abstract Algebra

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There are three big parts of mathematics: geometry, analysis and algebra. In this insight I will try to give a roadmap towards learning basic abstract…
selfstudy

5 Problems with Self Studying Mathetmatics

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For several years already I have been trying to help people who have been self-studying math. I did this completely freely with no compensation for me.…
physicsathome

Resources for High School Physics at Home

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A year long high school Physics course is important preparation for all college majors in science, engineering, and medicine, because students in these…
selfstudyanalysis

How to Self Study Intermediate Analysis

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If you wish to follow this guide, then you should know how to do analysis on ##\mathbb{R}## and ##\mathbb{R}^n##. See my previous insight if you wish to…
linearalgebra_selfstudy

How to Self Study Linear Algebra

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In this insight I will give a roadmap to learn the basics of linear algebra. Aside from calculus, linear algebra is one of the most applicable subjects…
mathresources

Resources for High School Math at Home

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The popularity of home schooling and failures of the public schools often present the need for parents to teach or supplement college preparatory math…
mathiq

Am I Cut Out for Mathematics or Sciences?

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We often get threads by new members asking whether they are cut out for mathematics/physics/engineering/whatever. For some reason, they have become discouraged…
highschoolmath

In High School and Want to Do Advanced Mathematics?

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This insight is written for high school students who don't feel very challenged by their high school courses. Or maybe those high school students who want…
scienceprojects

Secrets of Successful Science Projects

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Abstract Over the past few years, the author and his wife have served as teachers, qualified scientists, mentors, and/or parents on dozens of science…
geometry1

How to Self Study Geometry: Pure Geometry

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Geometry is one of the oldest parts of mathematics. It has been studied and advanced by the greatest minds humankind has to offer. It has been described…
mathanalysis1

How to Self Study Analysis: Intro to Analysis

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This is a sequel to my posts on self-studying mathematics. I have already gave a very detailed road map on how to study high school mathematics and calculus.…
goingbacktoschool

A Guide to Going Back to School For Math or Science

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Motivations for creating the series I came to Physics Forums originally to read ZapperZ’s thread about becoming a physicist back in 2013. It was one…
studymath2

A Guide to Self Study Calculus

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  We often get questions here from people self-studying mathematics. One of those questions is what of mathematics should I study and in what…
doubt

Dealing with Doubt as a Science Student

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Doubt, as odd as this may sound, can actually be essential to our living.  We all make decisions and later have questions on whether we made the right…
procrastination

The Best Methods to Deal with Procrastination

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It's 6:30 in the morning. You've just woken up and you feel so sleepy you think to yourself "A few more minutes can't hurt." And so you drift on to sleep…
physics course

Your Curriculum Vitae As a Physics Graduate

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  I am going to backtrack a little bit and talk about writing your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and what you should focus on in search for…
physics doctoral

How to Get a Postdoctoral Physics Position

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  If you intend to pursue an academic/research career, chances are, you will need postdoctoral experience. This is typically a 2…
physics jobs

How to Get a Physics Job!

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  In the previous chapter, we have reached the point where you have finished with your thesis defense, and also thesis submission…
thesis defense

Your Physics Thesis Defense Guide

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  At this point, you have completed writing your thesis, your adviser has approved of it, and you have distributed it to all the…
doctoral thesis

Writing Your Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation As a Physics Major

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  At this stage, you have performed your doctoral research work, maybe even have published (or about to publish) a paper or two,…
oral presentation2

Oral Presentations - Addendum | Physics Career

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I'll try not to make a habit out of this, but I believe there's something to add to this chapter of the series.In Part XIV, I mentioned the APS Meetings…
physics journals2

Publishing in a Physics Journal (Addendum)

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 When I first wrote this part of the series, I wasn't quite sure if I should include this. for most people submitting to most of the physics…
oral presentation

Oral Presentations As a Physics Major

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  I mentioned earlier that there are two ways for physicists to communicate their work. The first is via publications in peer-reviewed…
masterdegree

Writing a Master Degree Thesis As a Physics Major

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Your First Scientific Paper Ought to be good! Structure and Contents of a Master Degree Thesis This guide was written some years ago as a guideline for…
physics journals

Publishing in a Physics Journal As a Physics Major

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  At this stage, you are well into your Ph.D research work, and depending on what area of physics you are in, you may already start…
lab work

Research Work and The Lab Book As a Physics Major

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  Now where were we? Oh yes! You have now started with your actual research work. You and your adviser have agreed on at least the…
advisor research

Choosing a Research Area and an Advisor As a Physics Major

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  In the previous part, I described the trials and tribulations of going through the qualifying exam that almost all graduate physics…
grad exam

First years of Graduate School from Being a TA to the Graduate Exams

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 You are now entering your first year of graduate school. In terms of academic aspect, you will have a set of required courses that you must…
other majors

Entering Physics Graduate School From Another Major

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  I have decided to tackle this issue because it became a very common question in many physics forums. Can someone, without a degree…
publishing in journals

Guide to Publishing in Peer Reviewed Journals

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From Concept to Manuscript You've done the science.  You had an idea, performed an extensive literature review, designed an experiment, ran the experiment,…
alternative careers

Alternative Careers for a Physics Graduate

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  We are still discussing the final year of your undergraduate education. So far, we have covered what you need to consider if you…
physics blogs

Physics Blogs You Need to Be Reading

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These are some of the best physics blogs, updated regularly, written by some of the top minds. The feeds are updated on page refresh, so bookmark this…
physics career

The US Graduate School System For Physics Majors

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  We are still stuck in the discussion of your fourth and final year of college. This time, I feel that a clearly explanation of…
matlab errors

5 Common MATLAB Error Messages and How to Fix Them

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In this Insight, I'll go over 5 common MATLAB error messages, what they mean, and how to fix them. Hopefully after reading this post you'll find yourself being more…