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.

Simple Harmonic Oscillator Laboratory

An Accurate Simple Harmonic Oscillator Laboratory

Learning Objectives * Execute a specific experimental procedure…
Telescope Buying Guide

Guide to Buying Your First Telescope

We often have questions about what telescope an aspiring amateur…

What Are Your Favorite Science or Math Blogs?

We asked our PF Advisors to tell us what their favorite science…

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

We asked our PF Advisors to tell us what academic advice would…

What's Your Most Memorable Textbook?

We asked our PF Advisors to tell us their most memorable or influential…

3 New Years Tips For Cooling Off Debates

 Civil discussion and debate is critical to Physics…

The Birth of a Physics Textbook

 It is said that you should accomplish three things…

10 Math Tips to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes

Exam situations are always situations of stress. It comes with…

Getting Started with Solar System Imaging

Some of the most visible objects in the sky are objects within…

Computer Language Primer - Definitions

In this Insights Guide the focus is entirely on types of languages,…

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Tripods

 A tripod holds a camera still while the shutter…

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: DSLR

 I'm ready for a DSLR!A: These cameras were…

Advanced Astrophotography Tips

 "I’ve tried astrophotography and want to know…

Intermediate Astrophotography Tips

 Level 2: I know how to use a camera, what do I…

Introduction to Astrophotography

 For this Insight series (3 total), my assumption…

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Bridge Cameras

 I've never owned a camera, but I want to get a…

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Compact Point and Shoot

 I've never owned a camera (besides what is in my…

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Introduction

 First, congratulations! Camera technology has advanced…

So I Am Your Intro Physics Instructor

I posted this elsewhere (on my personal blog), and someone mentioned…

Reflections on Technology Product Quality

On Hardware Quality It is impossible to test quality into…

How to Self Study Algebra: Abstract Algebra

There are three big parts of mathematics: geometry, analysis…

5 Problems with Self Studying Mathetmatics

For several years already I have been trying to help people who…

Resources for High School Physics at Home

A year long high school Physics course is important preparation…

How to Self Study Analysis: Intermediate Analysis

If you wish to follow this guide, then you should know how to…

How to Self Study Algebra: Linear Algebra

In this insight I will give a roadmap to learn the basics of…

Resources for High School Math at Home

The popularity of home schooling and failures of the public schools…

Am I Cut Out for Mathematics or Sciences?

We often get threads by new members asking whether they are cut…

In High School and Want to Do Advanced Mathematics?

This insight is written for high school students who don't feel…

Secrets of Successful Science Projects

Abstract Over the past few years, the author and his wife have…

How to Self Study Geometry: Pure Geometry

Geometry is one of the oldest parts of mathematics. It has been…

How to Self Study Analysis: Intro to Analysis

This is a sequel to my posts on self-studying mathematics. I…

A Guide to Going Back to School For Math or Science

Motivations for creating the series I came to Physics Forums…

A Guide to Self Study Calculus

  We often get questions here from people self-studying…

Dealing with Doubt as a Science Student

Doubt, as odd as this may sound, can actually be essential to…

Methods to Deal with Procrastination

It's 6:30 in the morning. You've just woken up and you feel so…
physics course

Your Curriculum Vitae As a Physics Graduate

  I am going to backtrack a little bit…
physics doctoral

How to Get a Postdoctoral Physics Position

  If you intend to pursue an academic/research…
physics jobs

How to Get a Physics Job!

  In the previous chapter, we have reached…
thesis defense

Your Physics Thesis Defense Guide

  At this point, you have completed writing…
doctoral thesis

Writing Your Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation As a Physics Major

  At this stage, you have performed your…
oral presentation2

Oral Presentations - Addendum | Physics Career

I'll try not to make a habit out of this, but I believe there's…
physics journals2

Publishing in a Physics Journal (Addendum)

 When I first wrote this part of the series, I…