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1. Programs Joint Advisors in PhD program

I'm curious if anyone has any experience working for two advisers, particularly in two different fields. In my case, I'd focus on synthesizing materials in a chem lab (that focuses on synthesis) and then working in a EE/physics lab that would focus on characterizing said material, in particular...
2. Mathematica Multiple 2D plots in Mathematica

I posted this first in the hw section, but no one answered it. I figured this might be a better section.... I have multiple 1D data sets, lets call them data1, data2, data3, etc. Each data set has the same number of entries. Each one is either a row or a column (I can just use...
3. Plotting Multiple 2D graphs in mathematica

1. Homework Statement I have multiple 1D data sets, lets call them data1, data2, data3, etc. Each data set has the same number of entries. Each one is either a row or a column (I can just use Transpose[...], so same] and when I use the ListPlot[] function, I get a graph where the vertical axis...
4. Schools Physical Chem vs. CM physics Graduate school

I'm currently applying for various graduate schools in both physical chemistry and condensed matter physics. My undergraduate degree is a double major in both fields. I'm curious about what the differences between the departments (and, to an extent, fields) might be. In terms of research...
5. Programs Considering PhD in experimental physics and facilities

Like many, I'm applying to graduate schools in physics this fall. My interests lie in experimental condensed matter/physical chemistry, although I think this question applies to any field. As we all know, modern science is big and expensive. I was considering some smaller schools, but was...
6. Simple complex algebra problem

1. Homework Statement \frac{\beta}{\alpha + i 2\pi f} = \frac{\alpha \beta}{\alpha^{2}+ 2 \pi f}- i \frac{2 \pi \beta}{\alpha^{2}+ 2 \pi f} 2. Homework Equations complex conjugate: (a + ib) * (a - ib) = a^2 + b^2 3. The Attempt at a Solution If it matters, this is from a book on...
7. Dealing with repetition

Sorry if this questions seems obvious. I'm thinking about taking a small tutoring job nearby. How do you deal with the repetition/monotony in teaching? I'm worried that in my first term I'll be energetic and enthusiastic about teaching algebra, but by my second/third (and maybe more) term...
8. Statistical mechanics and probability

One of the things I've learned about probability is that it seldom = 0. For example, the probability of a giant meteor hitting Earth is incredibly low, but it isn't zero. Thats why it happened (eventually). So let's extend this to statistical mechanics. My understanding of (say) a thermometer...
9. How do national labs work?

Sorry if this question seems incredibly ignorant. Anyway, my quick question is what is the structure of a national lab (in the US). I'm familiar with the traditional university model (grad students = cheap labor, post docs = better cheap labor, professors, etc), but how do national labs...
10. Conditional Probability of Baby Survival

1. Homework Statement 99% of all babies survive delivery. However, 10 % of all births involve Cesarean (C) sections, and when a C section is performed the baby survives 98% of the time. If a randomly chosen pregnant woman does not have a C section, what is the probability that her baby...
11. Careers in science doing science

Sorry if this topic name is a bit vague. Anyway, my question is what kind of careers can one go into, where the trajectory still lies on the science side? I noticed most of my relatives who studied engineering have moved over to the business side (more powerpoints/emails). Or rather, a path...
12. Pass by reference/value in C

1. Homework Statement I'm just writing a simple program to try and take the reciprocal and keep the value logged. 2. Homework Equations ? not a math problem.. 3. The Attempt at a Solution My code: That should be everything that is relevant for this program right now. I didn't want to...
13. Best skills to self-learn

I'm a third year phys major, unknown specialty. I'm just asking what are some good skills to self-learn, as opposed to spending time learning in a class. Something where it's not difficult to learn just by doing problems, as opposed to having a real benefit to talk to other people. So I...
14. Order of systems/signal classes important?

So I'm a physics student interested in taking some systems/signals classes through the EE department at my school. There are 3-4 separate classes i'm interested in taking: continuous systems/signals discrete systems/signals digital signal processing digital signal processing lab I'm not...
15. How to know if foundation is strong enough

I'm a chem major in a similar situation as this fellow https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=422136 Anyway, I've completed the chemistry degree and am looking to do graduate school in physical chemistry/condensed matter physics (something I need to figure out is what's up with all...
16. Schools Applied physics graduate school prep

My questions are rather unfocused... I don't really know if they're really questions yet, but chime in as much as possible. I'm just tossing ideas around here. 1. I think all physics programs offer an advance lab class. they offer a range of experiments and you pick some to repeat. Is this...
17. Complex analysis vs. PDE class

Im a rising junior in the US starting my upper division physics classes. I have an opening this quarter and want to take an applied math course, but cannot decide between these two: In the mathematics department: "Applied complex anlysis Introduction to complex functions and their applications...
18. Discrete and continuous signal processing

First, I'm not an engineer, so I don't know this topic very well. Anyway, we were covering Fourier Transforms in one of my analytical methods class (chem major; NMR was the topic) and the phrase "discrete signal processing" came up. In our particular case, we collect individual points on...