Recent content by ZombieFeynman

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    Programs Every website that a Physics Major should check?

    I second physicsworld. Physics Today, published by APS, is also a good source, if a bit "fluffy."
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    A "what should I self study this summer?" thread

    Don't discount the value of review. I suggest spending some time doing new problems from old material. Keep those skills sharp.
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    Schools About a university

    I agree that it was discouraging. But if you are planning on going to graduate school and can't answer the question asked in the OP yourself, I'm not sure you should be encouraged... I disagree that it was rude. I think it was quite honest.
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    Goodbye Physicsforums

    Goodbye micro. It's very strange to me as well, but he says he'll be in touch with those who request his email address.
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    Programs I just started undergrad as a Physics Major, and have lost confidence

    Very often when a student stops worrying about getting perfect scores or perfect A's, they can actually start learning a lot of physics!
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    Why the gulf between lay people and physicists?

    I can't tell you how many students I've had in classes I've taught and how many students I knew in my own classes when I was younger who professed a love of science and general interest in physics. They really wanted to know the big pictures of the universe. They were truly interested in how...
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    Why the gulf between lay people and physicists?

    Typical citizens could learn much more music than they do without being virtuosos, but they don't. Why is that? Typical citizens could learn much more baseball than they do without being MLB players, but they don't. Why is that? Typical citizens could learn much more about art without being...
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    Modern Einstein has an idea but needs your help

    A YEAR of physics? C'mon. At least make AlternateHistoryEinstein realistic with a graduate degree in physics and a fairly precocious talent for the natural sciences.
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    Undergraduate or Graduate Quantum Mechanics?

    When I took QM at the undergrad level (Griffiths) I found it too easy. And I think that I learned more than if I found it hard. Because the content required for the class was easily done, I was able to do all of the problems in Griffiths and really sit and play with the material. I may have...
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    Faculty Positions

    What's the alternative? Bury my head in the sand? Observing where students from my school went with their credentials being known variables seems like a good way of assessing how well prepared I am to go into industry should I need to. I don't understand your points at all and I think you have...
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    Faculty Positions

    Again, I only speak from anecdotes, not statistics. But... I never said that it was easy or that they used their skills from their PhD. I also never said anything about going into engineering. But, I don't think I've seen anyone go from their PhD at my school to somewhere making less than 80k...
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    Faculty Positions

    A Fermi problem is a problem done using only order of magnitude estimates (and, more strictly, only mental calculations and without looking anything up!). A canonical example would be to estimate the number of piano tuners in Chicago or leaves on trees on trees in a park.
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    Aspiring to Theoretical Physics as an Undergraduate

    I'm a grad student in condensed matter theory and I double majored in math and physics as an undergrad. I dont regret taking any math class and I often wish I knew more math. However, I'd advise being extremely careful sacrificing physics courses to take more math. Take physics courses with...
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    Faculty Positions

    Although folks here have quoted some numbers, I'd like to point out two pieces of completely anecdotal observations on my part. 1. During faculty searches at the school where I am getting my PhD (a large school in the top tier of many areas of physics research, say in the top ~10-20 overall...
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    My professor takes manual attendance for 150+ students

    Sure, and I think the students have largely no option. That's the beauty of being the professor, you get to implement whatever inefficient, asinine policies you want. It doesn't mean it's the most educational modus operandi.