Thanks for the reply.
That's what I tend to think, but I'm kind of unsure. The program seems to be on the smaller side, and like I said I don't hear a lot about it...but its Northwestern for God's sake! It must be pretty darn good! Right?
My dillimma is that I was admitted off of their waiting...
Hey, sorry to start another thread on undergrad schools, but I was wondering if someone could give me a general idea on the reputation of the Northwestern University physics department. The school as a whole is generally well thought of as far as I can tell, but I don't ever hear much about...
And let me tell ya, if Ed Witten can do it, then anybody can! ; )
"One test shouldn't determine my ultimate fate."
You are correct. And it won't, as long as you don't let it!
Sounds to me like you are talking about the difference between doing something mechanically and actually understanding it. This is something that comes up a lot in my BC Calculus class. My classmates often have problems with certain things because they simply are not taught to understand things...
Wait. I thought the equation was m'=\gamma m_0 Where did the c^2 come from? Isn't the relativistic mass proportional only to gamma and the invarient/rest mass?
I did that yeah, but in a different order. I got rid of m' (or m2)*at the end, but same thing. Probably should have done it your way, would have been clearer. Sorry.
And yes, the work energy theorem derivation you showed is obviously vastly superior. Thank you for showing it to me. As I said...
That troubles me too (of course it's too late for me). I only took the ACT (twice), and took the subject tests (Physics and Math 2). But I did not take the SAT I. I was talking to a Caltech representative at a college fair who said that I should really take the SAT if I plan on applying there. I...
Yeah I know it varies by gamma, I used delta M to represent the difference between an object's relativistic mass due to some velocity and it's rest mass. I am simply using it because I want the equation to come out in terms of delta M and the rest mass. Maybe I should re-explain this, step by...
Ah, thank you. I figured it was some simple calc method, but I had no idea how to go about that.
I would still like to know if my argument is valid. Basically what I'm saying is that you can formulate an equation for kinetic energy based on mass and relativistic mass. Thats step one. The second...
I'm just a highschool student and thus not particularly knowledgeble about special relativity. However, I've always wanted to find a derivation of the famous equation E=MC^2. I could never find one in textbooks or on the web that didnt rely on oversimplifications or unexplained steps, so I tried...
I've heard this said before...that proofs have been removed from geometry classes. That was not true for me. I took it back in 2003/2004 and we proved everything we did, all the time. Most of our work infact involved proofs, or constructions if I recall correctly. Of course, I live in a pretty...
Thanks for the advice guys. I got back the other day and it went well.
Everyone seemed very friendly and accessable. I was able to speak with the (interem) Physics Department head, despite the fact that there was a mistake and the department didn't get word of my visit until the last minute. I...
Well, I'm heading this weekend over to K-State for a college visit. Obviously, it's the safety school (I live in Kansas) and I hope to go somewhere better like Chicago or UW-Madison, or Caltech if I am accepted, but there's a good chance that money issues will keep me in state. I'm going to...
Uh, seems to me you could answer that question...
Use the sun's gravity to find the orbital velocity at 1 AU. Use that to find the kinetic energy. Then find the gravitational potential energy at 1AU, then find the ratio. The fact that the comet is orbiting 1 AU away from the sun means that by...
Wow. I would kill to live in California...so many options. If I can't get out of my home state, I'm stuck with K-State or KU. Kind of deppresses me, so many people lucky enough to live in states with grand public schools.
By the way, I heard Caltech mentioned. Isn't it near impossible to get in...
First of all, I would like to thank all of you who post on these forums. I've been reading it thoroughly ever since my first post here, and have found a wealth of information. It has helped me a lot. Especially ZapperZ's wonderful "So you want to be a physicist" guide.
My question is...
Uh, well I remember when I took it, we covered some trigonometry stuff (like some useful relationships between sine, cosine, tangent), some polar and parametric equations, studied functions (their holes, asymptotes, end behavior, domain and range etc.) briefly discussed limits, and worked with...
And orthodontist, thank you aswell for the links. I looked them over (as I have before), but it's hard for me to analyze beyond the basic stuff like who requires more math or more physics hours (which is probably not very indicative of how good the program is)
Thank you all once again for the information.
Norman, thanks for the link. Although it appears UW Madison does not participate (darn), many other schools do.
Thank you for the replies. Of course, I'm still hoping that the finances will work out and I will be able to go out of state with minimal debt, but it's good to hear staying in state is an acceptable option.
I am a senior in highschool who (surprise) loves physics, and plans on majoring and eventually getting a PhD in it (hopefully). I am currently looking at my college prospects and have a couple of questions.
My situation comes down to this- I'm pretty sure I can get into numerous fairly good...