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    Does anyone in the US use A4-sized notebooks?

    I'm having a tough time finding paper that I can write on comfortably, I'm used to 4-hole standard A4 sized paper, as this is very common in Europe. I like how I could easily slip in printed problem sheets, book excerpts, or journal articles into my notes and have everything neat and flush...
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    Schools Lots of free time. Things to read/study before grad school?

    So I'll be starting a Physics PhD program in the fall, August to be precise. Now I'm the type of person that would go and self-study whatever topic I found interesting (currently working through a reading list in GR, even though it's not a field I'm going into), but I am wondering if there are...
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    (Yet another) need help getting a job with a physics degree thread.

    I am looking for a job, any job. Fortunately, I will be starting graduate school in the fall. I have already graduated with a BSc however and want to make the best of my time until it starts, saving at least some modest amount that'll cover for the eventual travel and first month(s) of living...
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    Schools Picking a graduate school.

    So I am currently holding 3 offers for physics grad school and while a few days ago I was pretty sure where I wanted to go, some new developments have made me question things a little bit. The options are: big midwestern public school, East coast school A and East coast school B. The first...
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    Schools Visiting grad schools

    Much to my delight and surprise, I have recently been offered admission grad school. I currently have one offer but am going to wait to hear back from a few more schools before possibly visiting and committing to one. I've kept in contact with the school and let them know of this intention. The...
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    US departments active in Solar physics?

    I am looking to add another school to my list of grad school applications that is active in Solar physics. Gradschoolshopper has only revealed a total of 6 schools in this field, only 2 of which I know actually have established groups in the field (Montana (already applied) and Stanford). Can be...
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    Qualitative explanation of radiative transitions and selection rules.

    Hi, I'm looking get a deeper conceptual grip on A&M spectroscopy, particularly what actually goes on between atoms/molecules and photons during an emission/absorption event. In general I just want to understand the "why's and how's" of the selection rules for dipole/quadrupole transitions, but...
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    Following a light ray through a curved spacetime.

    Here goes a conceptual question that has been bugging me: Consider the famous eclipse experiment that shows the Sun's gravitational lensing effect, allowing a star that would otherwise be obscured by the Sun to be visible from Earth. Say an observer wanted to travel to the star from Earth and...
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    Schools Grad school apps: attaching proof of scholarships/awards?

    When applying to grad programs in the US, is it be a good idea to attach documented proof of having received scholarships/financial awards if they were on both sustained academic performance and need-based grounds? In my country, the grants I got throughout my undergrad are kind of a big deal...
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    Point mass in a (non-hyperbolic) paraboloid.

    Need a 2nd opinion on my solution. Homework Statement A point mass moves frictionlessly in a circle inside a parabolic cup, with the radius at the top being R. The particle's position vector makes an angle theta wrt the center of symmetry (generatrix going from -z to +z). Homework Equations...
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    Living with social dysfunction.

    This discussion is meant to be along the lines of https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=703676&page=3 , although the premise is not to seek approval. I use the label "socially dysfunctional" in a very broad sense here (in an attempt to avoid the derogatory "socially retarded" that...
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    Skipping the Analytical Writing part on the GRE.

    I haven't seen it asked on this forum before, so here goes: I am coming up on a third official attempt on the general (computer based) GRE soon. In my first two attempts I have not been able to break 50th percentile on the quant section, which is embarrassing. I have discovered that I do much...
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    Taking the PGRE twice.

    I have been registered for both the September and October PGRE dates for a while now. It was my original intention to take both and send the better of the two scores, which I presumed would be my second attempt. However I reflected on this a bit more recently and I am considering the possibility...
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    Finding it hard to prove myself.

    A recap for those that missed my past threads: I am a physics major with 1 course requirement to graduate. Last year I applied to a few grad schools and several dozen internships, research programs and any and all remotely technical jobs that would assist me in getting experience, which would...
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    Tutoring math and physics.

    Any advice or general experience on how to go about this type of work? I've just graduated almost penniless and without any job/intern/etc. or grad program lined up after months of applying, I'm forced to do whatever I can find right now. I did try advertising myself last summer as I genuinely...
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    Social phobia and anxiety.

    I came across this: http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/disorder/liebowitz/ A simple test that tries to identify social phobia or social anxiety disorder. I am curious to know what fellow forumers are scoring on it and whether you think it is accurate. Is this pseudoscience? I scored 99...
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    Make Educational Background mandatory and visible in all posts

    Make "Educational Background" mandatory and visible in all posts I think it would be helpful in avoiding paying too much attention to useless/uninformed advice in the Career and Academic Guidance forums. Too many times have I seen high school students trying to give grad applicants, phd...
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    Schools Grad school with little/no research experience in between.

    Here goes another wild stab in the dark: As a quick refresher, I will be graduating with a bachelors in physics in a month. I was not successful in getting into grad school this year (I got waitlisted at UMN but was ultimately turned down, I also should have applied to more schools/bigger...
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    Tips for summer research position interview.

    To my delight I was just called in for an interview for a summer position at a big research institute in the UK, as a graduating physics senior (advertised for undergrads). It's been a while since I last had a job interview and I've never had one at the professional/academic level, I would like...
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    Medical Dealing with depression.

    Hi, It seems like there's a long history of threads in the academic forums where people address their emotional issues alongside their academic queries. I'd like to keep this a general/health topic without straying much into academics. I have some questions for those of you who have been...
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    Fund me, maybe?

    I thought this was worth sharing, filmed at an AAS conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTvajOQ_xak Both hilarious and a little sad.
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    Usefulness to employers as a physics graduate.

    So as may be evident from other threads, I will be graduating this year with a BS in Physics. Since I failed to procure entry into a graduate program, I would like to know what I can do with the skillset I have, which I'll describe below. Namely, I'd like to know what kind of companies (with...
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    Want a book/notes that cover this syllabus (dynamical systems).

    I am looking for a book that covers these topics at a self-contained level for self-study (ie: a book designed for a short course on the subject or lecture notes): Things in bold are of most interest to me. I notice there are a lot of pure math books on this subject but I'm looking for...
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    Contacting professors for research opportunities/volunteer work.

    I would like some advice on how to go about offering myself for any kind of research experience at a local physics/astroph. department(in the US). I am a graduating senior who isn't going to grad school this year, so formal REU's aren't an option (not to mention they always conflicted with my...
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    Feeling lost and burnt out.

    I'm a 4th year physics student in the EU. Over the course of my undergrad degree I developed an unbalanced lifestyle to pull through the degree and learn as much as I could, with hopes of going to graduate school to do astrophysics research. I gave up on regular exercise and hobbies in my 2nd...
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    Bombed the GRE's, what to do?

    For emotional/burnout reasons, I did very poorly on both GRE's (unacceptably low on the general) and one of my supervisors upon hearing this has discouraged me from applying this year. Both of us think I don't stand a chance despite the rest of my credentials, even though all of (8-9) schools I...
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    What a recommendation letter needs.

    I believe I've procured 4 professors/advisers to write recommendation letters for me for my grad school applications. It just so happens that 3 are active in my research area of interest, but I have a really strong friendship with 4th one as I've known him the longest (freshman physics...
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    Departments with low/no graduate enrollments worrysome?

    I have been looking at several graduate programs in astronomy/astrophysics and I've come across a few with track records of low enrollments according to AIP: http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/archives/astrost10.pdf Statistics from previous years...
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    Another what are my chances thread (astro grad).

    Another "what are my chances" thread (astro grad). Some details about me and my undergrad institution: Senior physics undergrad at a Spanish institution recognized in the EU as the home of the most important observatories in the region, big collaborations with U of FL. Rigorous program that...
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    Which Halliday-Resnick Physics edition for pGRE prep?

    I'm looking to get a copy of a classic physics text that will serve as good preparation for the elementary subjects on the pgre(mechanics, thermal, optics). I see Griffith's gets recommended a lot for E&M and I've got most of the modern subjects covered, but what edition of Halliday's Physics...
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