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  1. Larry Gopnik

    What are you doing over winter break?

    I have my first semester exams in mid Jan so I'll be sat revising most of the time unfortunatly.
  2. Larry Gopnik

    Alternatives to solving physics/math problems by hand

    From my personal experience (I have arthritis that means when it's colder I find it extremely difficult to move my fingers), I find using a tablet useful sometimes. Instead of using my fingers I put my hand in a fist and use the side of my little finger to write. It may not be possible for you...
  3. Larry Gopnik

    You know you're a nerd if...

    You know you're a nerd if... ... You're sat reading and posting in off topic discussion on a Physics Forum!
  4. Larry Gopnik

    Can you crack GCHQ's code-breaker challenge?

    Have you seen that they have just brought out a book of GCHQ puzzles? I got interested in their puzzles after their Xmas nonogram last year and bought this book the other day.
  5. Larry Gopnik

    Courses A-Levels Options Decisions

    That'll be a massive workload, I urge against it. If you're set on Medicine then I'd suggest to take either Further Maths or Physics but not both. I took five AS-Levels and found the workload to be extreme - there weren't enough hours in the day.
  6. Larry Gopnik

    Most boring areas of Physics

    That's a shame that you feel that way. I thought scattering was mudane, then I had to develop techniques for analysing diffraction data from Synthrotrons - then I realised how truly interesting the field is. Anyway - I've always found that if I found some aspect of my course uninteresting then...
  7. Larry Gopnik

    Who was the most important physicist to ever live?

    I'm not sure about 'most important' physicist but my personal favourite is Dirac.
  8. Larry Gopnik

    Admissions PhD in UK and USA: is it useful to have a European MSc?

    Yes people here (UK) can get onto PhDs with just a BSc. This is naturally quite rare but it does happen, it usually happens when a student impresses their 3rd Year Project supervisor enough to gain funding. We also have an undergraduate course (which I am presently taking) which is called an...
  9. Larry Gopnik

    Reading glasses

    I've been wearing them since I was about 13, I have to wear them all the time otherwise I strangly feel really sick, kind of like car sickness. Over the summer while I was on placement I accidently melted my lenses from an accident in the lab and ended up frantically running to various...
  10. Larry Gopnik

    Is this EPQ question acceptable (Astrophysics)

    I did the EPQ back at school also. I did it on the History of Quntum Field Theory. I would suggest from my experience to not put much mathematics in it - the external examiners who mark the EPQ are most likely English teachers or something similar. I got a few marks deduced on too much reliance...
  11. Larry Gopnik

    What do you look like?

    I think whatever age I'll be I'll panic that I'm old. As for the Jewish thing, I just assumed it was my nose at first but I've been told multiple times that I have stereotypical Jewish traits... I don't know. Coming to the Larry thing; Larry Gopnik is the main character in one of my favourite...
  12. Larry Gopnik

    What do you look like?

    I'll have a go; I'm Female, 20 (21 soon, I'm feeling old), short dark brown/ black hair, it's so thick I can't have it long or it forms dreadlocks. It's naturally quite ginger but I think I'm the only person in the whole who doesn't suit their natural hair colour. I'm 5'4"/ 164cm, don't know my...
  13. Larry Gopnik

    Courses Physics vs Medicine

    Sorry, I must not have explained well. At A-Levels (age 26 16) you take (normally) 4 subjects (people can chose less or more but it's pretty much the norm to take 4) and those four guide you into university. I took Maths, Physics, Further Maths, IT and Chemistry (okay I took five) and tts from...
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    Courses Physics vs Medicine

    Brit here, you have to decide your uni course at the start of your last year of secondary school, not when you finish secondary school. Yes, you specialise straight away when you go into university, even with medicine. O-Levels do not exist - they are now GCSEs. You pretty much need to make your...
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    Admissions (UK) Where to apply for theoretical PhD programs in Physics?

    I'm about to go into my third year on the MPhys so I'm in the same boat of thinking about PhDs. I've been told that in the UK, a 1:1 is a 1:1, when applying for PhDs it doesn't really matter what percentage you get overall, if you have got a 1:1 you're eligible. My lecturer mentioned that they...
  16. Larry Gopnik

    Programs Physics or Engineering comparison?

    It's big a case of 'what is more difficult than the other', they all have their difficulties and some people are more suited to physics, some people are suited more to engineering. As for top facilities - Google it, it's not that hard. There are hundreds of brilliant places to work at. We're...
  17. Larry Gopnik

    A Problem in continuous function of Excimer laser

    Have you got soje sort of pressure gauge to see if the gas is staying in the tube? It could be as simple as a leak in the system
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    Admissions Work experience for physics?

    As opposed to work experience look for summer schools. As I mentioned in your other thread, Cambridge offers (which is what I went on) them as well as many other universities and companies - just google Physics Summer Schools UK and I'm sure you'll find many. Universities do not require any work...
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    Studying Career in physics?

    You sound like me from 5-6 years ago. I also went to a top grammar school and had dreams similar to you. I sat my GCSEs and got all As and A*s and had extremely high hopes and then went on to do A-Levels. I took Physics, Maths, Further Maths, IT, AS Chemistry and also the Extended Project...
  20. Larry Gopnik

    LaTeX Placing greyscale .jpg images into a matrix

    I had talked to the person who had created the jpgs and they said that they used no compression at all in them so it was possible that the images were being treated like Tiffs hence the edit. As for the other arguments in the line - I had used the 'r', 'l' as that's what I used when uploading...
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    LaTeX Placing greyscale .jpg images into a matrix

    Hi, I hope someone can help me! I could not find a solution online of which could help me. My problem: I have imagecubes - they are a "cube" of 10 images of the same place of a photo, one at 400nm, one at 450nm etc etc. I need to upload these into matlab so I can then analyse the intensities...
  22. Larry Gopnik

    Edinburgh or Manchester

    For Physics? I can only give advice on Manchester (I know a lot of people there). Are you from the UK (that'll make talk of finance easier due to student loan differences), accommodation - everywhere in Manchester is very expensive. Think ~£150+ a week expensive if you stay in the centre, which...
  23. Larry Gopnik

    Today I learned

    Today I learnt that I should never dye my hair by myself. I got it dyed black a few months back and decided today to return it to my natural colour - sort of gingery brown. I went wrong. It's now highlighter orange, the shops are shut and I have work tomorrow...
  24. Larry Gopnik

    Other Help Non-traditional student planning to study astrophysics

    I doubt that there will be any changes to the education policy for non-EU students. In no way will they lower the fees, they'll still support the EU students who are in their degree when we leave but for how long I don't know. Baring in mine our PM yesterday stated that law is changing so that...
  25. Larry Gopnik

    Schools Good universities for mathematical physics

    No. I mean what topic? What topic grabbed/grabs you as an undergraduate? When you're going through ArXiv or wherever you read the latest papers from, what sparks your imagination and interest? Most of the upper to middle band universities with a Physics department do Mathematical Physics of...
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    Schools Good universities for mathematical physics

    Honestly, if you want ideas then you're going to have to narrow your ideas down. You ask for America and Europe - there are hundreds and hundreds of good universities. WHat is it you exactly want to go into when it comes to Mathematical Physics?
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    Other Help Non-traditional student planning to study astrophysics

    We do not have the Tier system in the UK although I think I know what ones you are talking about. For the highest universities, I am sorry to say, you will be rejected outright. You have been out of education for a long time, you were an average student and you already have a degree. No...
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    Other Help Non-traditional student planning to study astrophysics

    For the UK at least you're not entitled to scholarships (unless you find a very specific scholarship but I doubt you'll have any luck as they are very rare and for people with extraordinary grades) or funding and will have to pay the tuition fee upfront in order to attend. Fees for non-EU...
  29. Larry Gopnik

    Other At almost 39 am i to old to study BSc Physics

    Hi! It's never too late to study Physics and it is worth it. I'm not sure much about the Open Uni course on Physics but I can destify that mature students can succeed well. At my university (Salford) we have quite a few mature students, one in their 50s and they do just as well as the students...
  30. Larry Gopnik

    MATLAB Updating variables as they go through a loop

    My goodness of course, It's so simple but I missed it! Thank you! What an idiot I am Quick question, I'm trying to store the filenames into the array and get errors n = 10; %Number of slices j=input('Please input the number of data files '); lw =...