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    Guess I'm going to have to give in and learn a language

    Since you're starting off with no programming knowledge, I would probably suggest a book like Mark Lutz's Learning Python. I learned Python using Alex Martelli's Python in a Nutshell and David Beazley's Python Essential Reference, but I already had programming experience in C, Java, and MATLAB.
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    Help which language best suits my situation?

    Based on your rather vague description of your requirements, MATLAB probably is the best fit:
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    LaTeX Latex table help
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    Optics, image

    This part of the problem statement means that the object is located 1.2 m in front of the first refracting surface of the crystal ball (1.3 m from the center of the crystal ball, and 1.4 m from the second refracting surface of the crystal ball). The displacements z0 and z1 in the equation are...
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    Optics, image

    To get you started, the equation for the first surface is \frac{1.5}{z_1} - \frac{1}{-1.2} = \frac{1.5 - 1}{0.1} which you should solve for z1. This gives a location for the image formed by the first surface relative to the vertex of the first surface. Then you treat that image as the object...
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    Optics, image

    Born & Wolf is way too advanced a book to be using to solve a problem like this, but the equation you want is in section 4.4.1 (in the sixth edition--it may be different in other editions), "Refracting surface of revolution," and it's the one that looks like this \frac{n_1}{z_1}-\frac{n_0}{z_0}...
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    LaTeX LaTeX sometime the arrow is over the right

    $g(\vec{t})$ Note the curly braces.
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    MikTex 2.8 for beginners

    MikTeX now comes with a basic LaTeX document editor called TeXworks, which you should find under "Start Menu"->"All Programs"->"MikTeX 2.8". Run it, and enter the following document: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \title{Example Document} \author{John Doe} \maketitle This is...
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    A four bit adder logic circuit block diagram

    Alternatively, a truth table for the sum s and the carry bit co for the addition of two 1-bit numbers a and b could be illuminating... :wink:
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    LaTeX LaTex for windows?
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    Steam Tables For Apple Computers
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    MATLAB Create a Hologram with Matlab?

    It is not the superposition of the fields (the addition process O+R) that results in interference, but the determination of the intensity of the superimposed fields (finding the modulus squared of the total field \lvert O+R \rvert^2). Let O(x,y) = o(x,y) \exp [i \phi(x,y)] where o(x,y) and...
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    Mechanical engineering Autodesk?

    Autodesk Inventor does motion simulation--see the "Simulation" category on this page: I am partial toward Autodesk Inventor since it is available for students to download for free at
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    LaTeX Installing Latex on Laptop

    The latest version of MikTeX (MikTeX 2.8) is quite nice. It now includes a basic editor and previewer called TeXworks.
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    Personal Website

    Well, PHP and MySQL are free, so anything that is not free (e.g. ASP and SQL Server) is going to seem expensive by comparison.
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    LaTeX Drawing using Latex

    The following code will draw the figure you want using the pgf/TikZ package that you downloaded: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{figure} \begin{center} \begin{tikzpicture} % draw nodes (pgf/TikZ v2.00 manual sections 3.4, 3.7, 3.9)...
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    LaTeX LaTeX question

    Here's a hack that seems to make it work: \documentclass[12pt,letterpaper]{article} \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry} \usepackage{setspace} \begin{document} \ \vspace{4.5in} \begin{center} \singlespacing Accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for\\ the degree of Master of...
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    LaTeX Attach matlab code in latex

    I second the use of the" [Broken] package. I put the following in my document preamble whenever I need to include MATLAB code in a LaTeX document: \usepackage{listings} \usepackage[usenames,dvipsnames]{color} % This is the...
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    LaTeX Alignment Problem in Latex

    Does \begin{flushright} $your equation goes here$ \end{flushright} accomplish what you want?
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    LaTeX Cut of euations in Latex" [Broken] for more information.
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    MS WORD borders?

    1 inch is equal to 72 points (pts), and 1 inch is equal to 25.4 mm, so there are roughly 3 points per mm.
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    LaTeX Matrix Row & Column Labels in Latex

    This might be overkill, but you could use" [Broken].
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    Using BibTEX

    Have you run BibTeX against your document yet? A full compile cycle for a document with a BibTeX bibliography looks something like this: latex mydocument bibtex mydocument latex mydocument latex mydocument If I recall correctly, the first invocation of latex creates mydocument.aux, which...
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    Matrices in Microsoft Word 2007

    It is so typical (and naive) for a neophyte to choose a graphical interface for entering essentially textual information...
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    Writing text

    The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
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    News Questions for Candidates

    He's too intelligent. He's too educated. He makes decisions based on evidence and careful thought instead of acting on impulse.
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    Partial Differential Equations book

    It's worth noting that Boyce and DiPrima primarily covers ordinary differential equations, while the parent poster asked for a book on partial differential equations. One of the standard texts for a first course in partial differential equations is Applied Partial Differential Equations by...
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    News Palin pick an insult to our intelligence

    There, fixed it for you. :tongue2: Astronuc provided a link to an article substantiating his claims, which as close to proof as we can get without FOIA'ing it ourselves.
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    News Inexperience - Palin Versus Obama

    Nitpicking my parenthetical arguments only proves my core argument, which is that experience is not a very useful measure of a candidate's qualification for office.
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    News Inexperience - Palin Versus Obama

    What Obama lacks in experience, he makes up for in intelligence and willingness to study the issues. The same cannot be said for McCain (who also has no executive experience) or Palin (who has executive experience comparable to a first-term mayor of a medium-sized city).