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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…

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…
workethic

Work Ethic Is a Key to Success for Science Majors

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After earning a 4.0 GPA in his first semester as a Physics major at an esteemed state university, our son (and homeschool grad) attributes his…
coldquestioning

Very Little Excuse To Ask A Question Cold

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We frequently get questions such as these:"What is energy?""What are Cooper Pairs?""What is conservation of momentum?"etc...etc.And…
learned

What Is The Most Important Thing That You Learned?

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I mentioned in an earlier Insight on what I think are the most important things you can learn by being on Physics Forums. This time, I tackle the question…
boatramps

Real Research in Unexpected Places - Boat Ramps

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Read part 1 -Backyards, Barns, BayousWhen I was offered a job at the Air Force Academy, it seemed like an opportunity to exercise both my commitment…
fakenews

Fake News and Science Reporting

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During and even after the recent US election campaign, there were numerous reports of fake news, made-up news, and other kinds of news that were deemed…
whystudyphysics

Why Study Physics? A Bit Goes a Long Way!

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If you don’t plan to become a scientist or an engineer, is there a good reason to study physics?  I say, “Yes,” because knowing just a little bit…
govandteachers

Blaming Government for Teacher and Scientist Failures in Integrity

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The article, "Governmental policy is wrecking science," makes some interesting points but is fundamentally in error, because government policy is only…
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…
complexscience

The Complexity of Modern Science

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Science today is incredibly complex. Anyone who ever did scientific research knows that, but many in the general public seem to be completely unaware of…
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…
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…
imagination

Imagination Without Knowledge Is Ignorance Waiting to Happen

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Introduction My feelings on people who think that imagination is more important than knowledge is well-known. These people simply are parroting Einstein's…

Why You Should Not Use Wikipedia As Your Primary Source

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It is no secret to anyone who has read my posts in this forum for a while that I do not like Wikipedia. I think that there's a fundamental flaw with the…
learnfrompf

The Most Important Thing You Can Learn from Physics Forums

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It is a bit pompous of me think that I can actually tell you the most important thing you can learn from Physics Forums (PF). After all, each one of us…
math obvious

Teaching Math and the Obvious

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My #1 goal, when I teach a math class, is to convey a certain way of thinking about math. It's quite different from what my students have done before,…
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…
surviving college

Surviving the First Year of College As a Physics Major

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 Part II: Surviving the First Year of CollegeThis part covers the survival tips of the first two undergraduate years. So now you’re…
Early Physics Education in High schools

Early Physics Education in High Schools For Physics Majors

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So You Want to Be a Physicist: A 22 Part Guide  Introduction: The motivation for creating the series One of the most frequent questions…
crackpot

A Layman's Guide to: Lies, Damned Lies and Pseudoscience

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It seems nowadays that we are getting swamped with science. But not the science of the valid kind. Science where people follow the scientific method and…