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    Using student loans for one semester - necessarily a bad decision?

    Why worry about this decision now? Think forward. We justify our decisions with future action. Make it the right decision by having a good career.
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    Want to work in nasa

    You have to be a US citizen to be an astronaut for NASA. It appears that India has a space program as well called ISRO. Perhaps that's what you should be looking at? My source is here: That also answers many of your questions. However, citizenship is...
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    From simple scientific computing into beginning development

    One of our (best) professors Lawrence Angrave (who coincidentally did his undergrad/masters/PhD at Oxford in Physics) is about to launch a course on Coursera for developing Android apps which can be found here: I don't know much about this...
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    Failing Physics Midterm

    I have. Sometimes a test will just not go your way. You have to embrace it as a learning experience and let it be a guide for improvement. You can still ace the final. I can give many examples from my personal experience. However, one that might interest you in particular is an intro quantum...
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    Which Computer science class

    As you are perfectly entitled to do. Still it is my experience and I believe that's what we're here to share, no?
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    Which Computer science class

    You've missed the point. The bigness of C++ relative to C is irrelevant in an introductory course. It's not as if you will explore the entire language -- or anything close to it. Of course, that irrelevance sort of runs both ways. Thus I don't think it matters much if this person takes an intro...
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    Which Computer science class

    I agree with you about Python or even Java but as you said, that's not an option. I'm not really sure about your 'big' statement, however. C is pretty darn big too for someone with no programming experience. I doubt the range of either them will be covered in a significant way in an intro class...
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    Which Computer science class

    Because C++ is higher level which makes the code more readable and less cryptic. I think the important thing to keep in mind here is that we're talking about 'intro' courses not mastery. On an introductory level, OOP is just easier for people to interface with.
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    Which Computer science class

    I question the advice of taking two 'intro' CS courses. The fundamentals for both should be about the same thing. If you're planning to go on to do programming in your life then either one are just a stepping stone and C and C++ should be fairly interchangeable for you at the level that you will...
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    How does one make sure that one had understood the material studied?

    I think the first threshold is being able to solve problems as said already. The second is being able to explain how to solve those problems to someone else, as said already. The third is to be able make your own problems and then answer them. If you can do all three of those things, you've got it.
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    EE Technology with no physics?

    You might also consider going to a community college first. I had no high school education at all in 2011. I was 31. I taught myself algebra/pre-algebra in a few weeks, took a basic chemistry class and a trig class and then hopped into calc and physics at a community college. It was a mess...
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    EE Technology with no physics?

    If you are driven, it is not necessary to have taken any physics before to do well in intro college physics. I did it myself. It does take some hard work but you can definitely succeed.
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    Computer Science or Electrical/Computer Engineering?

    When I see these types of numbers I have to wonder what is being considered as a 'computer scientist'. There are many low(er)-paying, less-skilled jobs that can be considered as part of CS even though they don't really require a degree. However, in the case of computer engineer, you're almost...
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    Programs In what order should I take courses as a math major?

    I'm at UIUC doing computer science and math. Until you've finished calc 3, you're going to be very limited in which math classes you can take. Calc 3 is a prerequisite for math 347 which is the intro proofs class. Besides applied versions of linear algebra and differential equations, 347 is...
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    Best Practices and Preparations for a super-intense courseload

    It depends on the school. At my school, the complete calculus sequence is a prerequisite for linear algebra. A person who does not have a solid grasp on integration by parts, for instance, could not do what we do with vector product spaces. Also, a passing knowledge of differential equations is...
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    Helping to cope with competitive environment

    I empathize with your situation. I am doing my undergrad in a highly competitive engineering program that is almost totally graded on the curve. Furthermore, we're on a +/- system so the standard A, B, C percentages are further broken down in that way. At first I hated this. However, like you...
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    Physics IA, Statics, and Cal III in the fall - doable?

    Yes, it is doable. Last semester I had statics, E&M, vector calculus, intro to CS (very rigorous at our school) plus a couple of less noteworthy classes. Realistically, you've got to get used to these sorts of loads sooner or later since it's what all the science, engineering and math degrees...
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    Calc I, Physics I and Chem I; All in the same semester?

    I'm confused. If you're not going to do all three at once then why take the two together that you have been advised against taking together? I know why I did it -- I knocked out chemistry, calc and physics all in one semester. Yet, you're not doing that. Why not take the chem and calc now and...
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    Schools College of Arts and Science

    At my school their are two different undergraduate physics degrees offered. One is through the engineering college and the other is through LAS. They differ only slightly in curriculum -- one key thing, however, is that the LAS degree requires more foreign language -- but the engineering physics...
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    Calc I, Physics I and Chem I; All in the same semester?

    This isn't true in my experience. Every university I've looked at has Physics I as spring semester freshman year. I did what you are thinking of doing and it was a bad idea. It's certainly doable but you won't get as much out of intro mechanics as you should which will hobble you continuously...
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    Writing essays using Lyx: Where is the mac version gone?

    I googled 'Lyx for Mac' and found that it can be downloaded from the download page of here: ETA: If that doesn't work for you then it's something on your end because I'm downloading the software right now to check it out.
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    Question of value B.S. Applied Mathematics to Engineering?

    I'm not sure how to reply to what you've written here because I get the impression that you're leaving out some important details. Still, I'm compelled to reply since I empathize with your situation since I am also in my 30s getting an engineering degree. For what it's worth, one of my...
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    Schools Starting grad school after 30?

    I'm 33 and doing my (first) undergrad in CS and math. I'm definitely quite older than every TA I've ever encountered, i.e. the PhD students at my school, so my guess is, yes, you might be a little atypical. Then again, you won't be as atypical as me so I expect you will cope just as I have : )...
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    Why I failed an exam? (problem solving vs lecture note reading)

    Yes, but we're talking about doing well on exams, right? You guys just don't let up, heh. My whole point is that it's a nuanced thing but the tests, in general, favor knowing how to solve problem types not necessarily really deep understanding of the material. So, if one is interested in...
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    Why I failed an exam? (problem solving vs lecture note reading)

    I agree. That's why my advise was to make your own problems as you study and to take the book problems to another level by exhaustively analyzing in every one can think of. Absolutely, and this is exactly why I said that grinding problems doesn't necessarily promote understanding. Yet, many of...
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    Why I failed an exam? (problem solving vs lecture note reading)

    I must respectfully disagree. In my experience it's entirely possible to learn how to solve problems in an academic context yet have no real understanding of what's going on outside of that structure. I've done it and some of the most accomplished students I know will gladly admit they don't...
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    Why I failed an exam? (problem solving vs lecture note reading)

    As a fellow student this is a near constant conflict for me. Grinding problems is the best way to get good grades but I don't think it necessarily promotes understanding. For that reason it can be unsatisfying. On the other hand, I can easily find myself down the rabbit hole trying to...
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    Positive thinking

    This approach has never worked for me. If I understand the logic behind the ideas and I understand where the formulas come from, then I do well on tests. Some people make 'plug and chug' work but I see very few doing it successfully(at least by my standards). I never could and I've always been...
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    Joint BS/MS in Mathematics

    I'm sure it's different from school to school but at mine there are no corners cut in the BS/MS programs except the GRE. They're basically designed for people who are coming in with a lot of AP credit. As far as I've seen, kids are shaving off a semester or more from their undergrad, having...
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    32yr old, 1st time student, school choices anxiety

    No, I haven't been but most of my wife's family (and friends) have been. They have all served as deans, professors and provosts at various universities. John Bardeen was a family friend among others. Their core group was formed out of UofI in the 60s and have since spread out over the world...