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.
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...
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...
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}...
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...
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...
Autodesk Inventor does motion simulation--see the "Simulation" category on this page: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?siteID=123112&id=13718190
I am partial toward Autodesk Inventor since it is available for students to download for free at http://students.autodesk.com
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)...
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...
I second the use of the http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/listings.html" [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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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).