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.

Telescope Buying Guide

Guide to Buying Your First Telescope

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We often have questions about what telescope an aspiring amateur…
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…

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…
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…
debatetips

3 New Years Tips For Cooling Off Debates

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 Civil discussion and debate is critical to Physics…
textbook

The Birth of a Physics Textbook

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 It is said that you should accomplish three things…
10mathtips

10 Math Tips to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes

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

Getting Started with Solar System Imaging

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

Computer Language Primer - Definitions

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

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Tripods

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 A tripod holds a camera still while the shutter…
dslr

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: DSLR

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

Advanced Astrophotography Tips

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 "I’ve tried astrophotography and want to know…
astro_inter

Intermediate Astrophotography Tips

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

Introduction to Astrophotography

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 For this Insight series (3 total), my assumption…
digitalcamera3

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Bridge Cameras

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 I've never owned a camera, but I want to get a…
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…
digitalcamera1

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: Introduction

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 First, congratulations! Camera technology has advanced…
introphysics

So I Am Your Intro Physics Instructor

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

Reflections on Technology Product Quality

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On Hardware Quality It is impossible to test quality into…
selfstudy

How to Self Study Algebra: Abstract Algebra

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

5 Problems with Self Studying Mathetmatics

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

Resources for High School Physics at Home

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A year long high school Physics course is important preparation…
selfstudyanalysis

How to Self Study Analysis: Intermediate Analysis

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

How to Self Study Algebra: Linear Algebra

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

Resources for High School Math at Home

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

Secrets of Successful Science Projects

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Abstract Over the past few years, the author and his wife have…
geometry1

How to Self Study Geometry: Pure Geometry

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Geometry is one of the oldest parts of mathematics. It has been…
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…
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…
studymath2

A Guide to Self Study Calculus

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  We often get questions here from people self-studying…
doubt

Dealing with Doubt as a Science Student

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

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…
physics course

Your Curriculum Vitae As a Physics Graduate

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  I am going to backtrack a little bit…
physics doctoral

How to Get a Postdoctoral Physics Position

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

How to Get a Physics Job!

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  In the previous chapter, we have reached…
thesis defense

Your Physics Thesis Defense Guide

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  At this point, you have completed writing…
doctoral thesis

Writing Your Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation As a Physics Major

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  At this stage, you have performed your…
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…
physics journals2

Publishing in a Physics Journal (Addendum)

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

Oral Presentations As a Physics Major

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  I mentioned earlier that there are two…