Search results

  1. A

    Schools Does a bad start to university hurt grad school chances?

    Look. I completed my undergraduate studies with a 2.998 in phys and csci (really tried for a 3). This is because I slacked fresh and soph years. But I was accepted into a top 50 ME gradschool with a full GRA and summertime employment. So yes you can still do it. Was it easy? hell no. But...
  2. A

    ABAQUS 6.9 Meshed Beam Cross Section

    lol. I'll take that as a no.
  3. A

    ABAQUS 6.9 Meshed Beam Cross Section

    I need help with my beam structure in abaqus. The beams I need to model are hollow and elliptical. This is not included in abaqus' library or profiles. So I want to make a Meshed beam cross section as described in the manual. However, the manual is quite difficult to understand. Can someone...
  4. A

    What have you blown your money on?

    1600 unfortunate dollars on an alienware pos laptop. Regrettable.
  5. A

    Physics undergrad -> ph.D Mech E

    I believe my research is in the area of material fatigue. Something along the lines of how microscopic cracks grow and expand and cause breakdown....
  6. A

    Emergen-c better than pill vitamin?

    I may be crazy, but I dont believe that is how the human immune system works. You're body will only use a certain amount of nutrient per unit of time (probably more when you are sick), thus taking in any more than that amount is useless with exception to the placebo effect. And the placebo...
  7. A

    Physics undergrad -> ph.D Mech E

    So I will graduate in a few weeks with a B.Sc. in physics and I will begin my phD studies in the fall in mechanical engineering. Paticularly, my research will be in materials. Can anyone shead some light on this transition? I understand that there will be loads of work and some makeup...
  8. A

    What makes quantum mechanics so interesting?

    This It used to make my parents go crazy when I took stuff apart when I was a kid. I never really knew what I was doing then and not much has changed now. This is especially true for QM. I constantly feel like im in the math dept instead of the physics dept, but that is beacuse I dont...
  9. A

    StarCraft poll

    That's an interesting thought. I was only accounting for the economics of each species and not the relative strategic advantages and disadvantages. Keeping the same "scarce" resource example going, terran do present a strong case for being the victor since they don't have to waste precious...
  10. A

    StarCraft poll

    If I rememebr correctly from back in the day of the ancients when I was addicted to this game, the reason for their half-heartedness was that they wanted to stay out of the war, which of course ended with the same result of pre world war two USA. Protoss would have the upper hand in...
  11. A

    High pergormance laptop

    Yeah, its a shame I didn't realize that back in the day when I bought it. And I may end up getting the desktop now that I may have a permanent residence soon.
  12. A

    Best way to study QM

    Anyone use Introductory QM by Richard Liboff? Its the book required for the class but I would like to know if its a good one by standards other than my professor's.
  13. A

    Admissions Fall 2010 Graduate Admissions Thread

    Wow...any funding? If yes, im pissed cause my gre score is much better and Im having difficulty securing the money...
  14. A

    Schools Things that no one tells you about grad school

    Ahhh. Thank you very much. These are the types of thing I was looking for (the parts about attending semenars and conferences and such). Now I will ask, what is the aim and purpose of attending these events? How does one publish more quickly (I guess this probably varies from school to...
  15. A

    Schools Things that no one tells you about grad school

    Ok, it would seem that we have gone in a different direction than I was originally intending. There are facts and "good strategies" that I know now after 4 years of undergraduate study. A good example of this is something my academic advisor never told me. That is as an undergraduate one...
  16. A

    Schools Things that no one tells you about grad school

    Hmmmm. I guess what its always been is how can I be better than my peers? Perhaps this does not apply anymore? I guess whats most important to me is how do I take actions now to make my life easier when it comes to dissertation defence time. Not saying I think its going to be easy, but...
  17. A

    Schools Things that no one tells you about grad school

    So now that I am fairly certain that I will be going on to grad school, Im looking for the info that only current or past graduate students know. What are the best ways to get ahead? Should I take more class early on? As an example of what Im talking about, For undergrad unless you are...
  18. A

    Schools So I visited a grad school

    Id love to say that i'd already been accepted to the program but I havnt been yet. However I do meet their requirements so being accepted shouldn't be a problem, its getting funded. I actually would have to be a TA for at least the first year since I have to take remedial courses. I was a...
  19. A

    Schools So I visited a grad school

    It was in fact. One of my professors. Thats a bummer, my grades are not what would be called impressive. I made the mistake of completing two majors, thinking it would be highly valuable to grad school to have students who were diverse and could handle a lot. They didn't particularly...
  20. A

    Schools So I visited a grad school

    It is actually a real project I have been doing myself. Painstakingly. Thanks for the advice, I was confused because the tones I was getting wern't "get out of my office" but they wern't "I want you to do research for me" either.
  21. A

    Schools So I visited a grad school

    Upon visiting the mechanical engineering dept at a school Im thinking of attending, (or was) I had several interviews with dept heads and professors, etc. They were very curious about my GPA and one asked about my GRE. I thought however that undergrad research was important. I mentioned it...
  22. A

    High pergormance laptop

    Right now Im running a mediocre alienware laptop (core 2 duo 2.0 ghz 2.5gig ram). Just running BOINC on this laptop heats the processor enough makes it hot enough to cause an emergency shutdown. This is due to a manufacturing (crap) flaw in the design. Thus I want a new one. Id like to not...
  23. A

    Personal Statement

    Before I do, if I posted up my current version of my personal statement for my grad school application would anyone feel up to giving me some advice on it? Things like what maybe I should include/take out. Grammer/flow suggestions. Major things right or wrong with it. Just want to give...
  24. A

    What if the worst should happen?

    lol. This is funny because I go to an impossibly small private school. There is no post graduate program here for physics. However this supposed to be one of the better undergrad programs in the country. How do I make sure that grad schools know that without seeming snobish? Do they already...
  25. A

    Post your Spring 2010 schedule!

    That actually sounds quite interesting. Id love to speak to some grad students. I have to take physics comp exams in march so this seminar is to prepare us for that. Gonna be a bad week :(
  26. A

    What if the worst should happen?

    I do in fact meet the minimum requirements of the institutions I applied for. In fact it is the grades I recieved in my younger years that are killing me. My junior/Senior level courses have in fact added up to a 3.5 average. The problem is the applications (save for 1) ask for general...
  27. A

    What if the worst should happen?

    So imagine you're about to enter your final semester as an undergraduate physics and comp sci student. So youve been applying to graduate school for engineering (lets say you want to be an engineer). Then imagine you have a less than stellar grade point average due to two majors and athletics...
  28. A

    Post your Spring 2010 schedule!

    4th year Physics + computer science major and a nice littel math minor Termal Physics Quantum Mechanics Theory and design of Operating Systems Senior Seminar for Physics Senior Seminar for Comp Sci senior sems are to prepare us for our comprehensive exams. Anyone else have those at...
  29. A

    Senior Project - robotics

    I must do a senior project this year and I have formulated an idea and I would like to know how I can manipulate the idea to make the project the best quality possible. Idea: I want to go to engineering school so I am going to purchase a vex robotics kit (well the school will at least)...
  30. A

    Special Relativity test

    Well some of the things you said were on there. The metric tensor definitely, lots of rotations and other cross product infused techniques (yuck). I dont know what the twin paradox is though. Thanks for your help btw
Top