What is Academic: Definition and 284 Discussions

An academy (Attic Greek: Ἀκαδήμεια; Koine Greek Ἀκαδημία) is an institution of secondary or tertiary higher learning, research, or honorary membership. The name traces back to Plato's school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.

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  1. Lynch101

    Academic Ghost Writers

    Are academic ghost writers a thing? I've written a paper on the fine tuning argument, defending naturalism and while the arguments are sound (I would say that) it's not really up to a publishable standard. I worked with an editor but he really only did some copy editing, so I was wondering if...
  2. S

    How does academic transcripts translation work?

    How does academic transcripts translation work?
  3. warhammer

    Other [Astrophysics] Topics for Academic Projects

    I've sought admission to a Master's Program in a foreign country. One of the requirements to get funding is to propose a detailed scientific project that the student would possibly carry out under one of the advisors. The Astrophysics topics that could fall into this are under the broad brush...
  4. T

    Studying Academic Redemption: Bouncing Back After a Year Off Track

    Hello everyone, I'd like to share with you my current situation and my desire to redeem myself after a year off track due to a lack of interest in physics. I am aware of my past mistakes, but now I am determined to recover and dedicate myself seriously to my studies. Last year, I struggled...
  5. Akkiron00

    Can Personal Interest Drive Mastery in Physics?

    I've always been fascinated by physics but never had the opportunity to pursue it academically. That's why I'm here—to clarify the physics-related doubts and questions that have always intrigued me.
  6. tuxscholar

    Initial Academic Exposure by means of books for a curious layperson

    Hello! this is my first post ever in physicsforums so pardon me for any errors. Also I'm very grateful for the existence of forums like this. This is just a thread considering about what can be a proper initial introductory exposure to any academic discipline in the realm of science and...
  7. Ronald_James

    Admissions Seeking Feedback on my Physics Personal Statement for Uni Application

    Hello everyone, I am a mature student applying to an undergraduate course with a foundation year, and as I finalize my university application, I'm seeking valuable feedback on the content and structure of my personal statement. I would greatly appreciate any insights and perspectives you may...
  8. O

    I Importance of Moment of Inertia for designing helicopters and propellers?

    is there any book or academic web page "that explains that importance of moment of inertia for designing helicopter and propeller". Actually i have idea why it is important i just need a reference.
  9. Kolin101

    Academic First Law Of Thermodynamics Problem

    Hi there. I have a problem solving above problem. How can I move on with my solution? It seems to me that I have proper approach but I'm just stuck with the energy equation ;/ Part of solution below:
  10. W

    What Does Frequent Paper Review Requests from a Journal Editor Signify?

    This can be a general thread that others may discuss their experiences. I have a question to which I couldn't readily find an answer: What does it mean when the editor(in-chief, if it makes a difference) sends you papers to review often, like once a month? The editor even sends that person two...
  11. Astronuc

    An XKCD comic—and the absurdity of academic research/publishing

    Has anyone read this or seen the XKCD comic? Scientific Publishing Is a Joke An XKCD comic—and its many remixes—perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/05/xkcd-science-paper-meme-nails-academic-publishing/618810/...
  12. T

    Other Finding academic expertise in specific areas

    I wonder how to find theoretical physics labs which have high level expertise in specific areas. Is there an online DB or "ranking" by area rather than by country? Also looking for HCR in TP. Cheers!
  13. Discordy

    Studying Connected Papers: a visual tool to find and explore academic papers

    Hi everyone! We launched Connected Papers 7 months ago, with the goal to help researchers visually find and explore academic papers. Input: a paper of your liking. Output: a full interactive graph of similar papers to explore. For example, here is the graph for The Coevolution of Galaxies and...
  14. poudyalb

    Other Undergraduate 3rd Year - Need some Academic / Career Advice

    Hi, I needed some help/advice. I am a Math Major at Dickinson College. I am also taking lots of courses in Physics and Philosophy. At this point, which is the fall semester of my junior year, I have: - 3 more courses left to complete my Math major. I still need to take Abstract Algebra, a...
  15. Ege_O

    Is Pursuing An Academic Carrer (in Mathematical Physics) Stressful?

    Hey everyone, I am a new member. This post is about something that bothers me a lot and will affect my future. I am not sure whether I'm pursuing a carrer that is right for me. I graduated from the physics department of Middle East Technical University in Turkey with 3.45/4.00 CGPA this year...
  16. F

    Academic journals aimed at education/teaching

    is there a list for maths/physics related academic journals aimed at education/teaching
  17. PainterGuy

    Find the Best Academic Journals for Physics & Maths Undergrads

    Hi, Could you please let me know of some good physics and mathematics academic journals for undergrads? I'm look for a journal(s) whose approach is focused on helping someone understand a certain topic and providing a little bit intuition. I'd prefer something like DeepDyve. I understand that...
  18. W

    Editors of academic journals - Question

    What does it mean when a journal constantly changes managing editors for a revised submission? A journal initially handed down a minor revision for a paper. I became a reviewer after the revision was complete, and saw many shortcomings or mistakes, so I recommended a major revision. It's been a...
  19. bhobba

    Programs To Get Academic Qualifications In Physics Which Degree Would Be Better

    Hi All As most of you probably know I am not formally qualified in physics - but math and computer science - my physics is self taught. I thought I might rectify that and do an appropriate degree by distance learning - with my arthritis and now broken Femur going to actual classes would be a...
  20. A

    Schools Which university to go to for a physics degree?

    I graduated from Georgia Tech a few years ago with a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics and now I am currently a software developer, however, my passion is in astronomy. I have looked at opportunities in astronomy that is towards the engineering route i.e. image processing engineer, detector...
  21. astroman707

    Courses Academic Preparation for gravitational wave careers?

    If someone wanted to pursue a career in gravitational wave physics, and work at places like LIGO, studying astrophysical objects such as black holes and neutron stars, etc. What are some key courses/skills that person should take/learn as an undergraduate, and graduate student?
  22. Ashley1999

    Programs Should I switch my major to Molecular Genetics?

    Hi, currently I am a freshman who is majoring in Biosystems Engineering. I selected this major because I did a lot of research into biology undergrads and I didn't like what I saw. I got the notion that these majors did not emphasize the technical skills necessary to do well in a science...
  23. T dawg

    Courses Which course should I take?

    I'm an upper division physics transfer student and currently deciding on whether I should take a course in numerical methods for physical modelling or basic into to analogue circuits course. Here are there descriptions: math 174 - Floating point arithmetic, direct and iterative solution of...
  24. Luke Coughlin

    Other Undergrad searching for advice in an academic career

    I dream of getting a PhD someday and focussing on astrophysics. I would want to work near the west coast so I could take advantage of their clear night sky. I'm only about 45 credits into my undergrad and would appreciate any tips I could implement while moving forward in this career. Also, what...
  25. spacewrinkle

    Programs Double Degree in Physics and Electical Engineering?

    Hi! I'm about to take my senior year in high school, and I was originally planning on taking electrical engineering plus some extra classes in physics. I like to work with my hands and to create things, so engineering is sort of a no-brainer for me, but it's also very important for me to...
  26. Greg Bernhardt

    Insights What academic advice would you tell your 18 year old self? - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new PF Insights post Ask the Advisors: What academic advice would you tell your 18 year old self? Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  27. I

    Other Software for making a physics poster for an academic conference

    Hi all I'm not really sure where to post this. I just wanted to ask what software do you use, or would you recommend, for making a physics poster for an academic conference (physics)? I'd go with PowerPoint + latex plug-in because I've used that a ton before, but maybe there are better ways to...
  28. vsv86

    Physics Job resources for academic positions in nano-optics and applied electrodynamics

    Hello I am planning to apply for some academic positions (lecturer, assistant professor level and equivalent) in US, Canada and Australia. My field is nano-optics and applied electrodynamics. Can anyone suggest websites where such positions would be advertised? I have googled of course. I get...
  29. S

    Other Are Students Aware of the Benefits of Academic Advisors in STEM?

    A common response from PF members with respect to questions posted here on Academic Guidance is to speak with an academic advisor. I find this response to be interesting, because during the entire time I was in university back in the '90s (I'm an alma mater at the University of Toronto), I have...
  30. binbagsss

    Physics Academic papers of supervisor, PhD interview, reading other papers

    Is it ok to refer to a papers published by a different academic, or should i mainly be talking about my potential supervisor's published papers in my interview? thanks
  31. Grands

    Is Musk right in saying most academic papers are useless?

    In a video Elon said that most of the academic papers and work is useless. Is he right?
  32. S

    Value of Education (and academic research) in Physics

    We have already seen topics on this forums discussing Physics degree as education and not job training, and that some physics graduates do get jobs but not necessarily as physicists, and that physics majors need to take a selection of practical courses to become marketable; and that internships...
  33. M

    Math Is complex analysis in demand for academic jobs?

    Hello, I'm new to this forum. I have recently graduated with a doctorate in mathematics and I'm now a visiting assistant professor at a university in Ohio. My contract expires in May 2018, so I've been frantically applying to any type of academic job opening in my field (specifically complex...
  34. B

    Other Preparing for AP Physics: Tips for High School Students

    i'm not really sure what academic topic to put this in, sorry. i'm a sophomore in high school right now, and my school only offers physics in junior year. where should i start? I'm taking pre-calc and trig for math right now, and taking chemistry as a science. i took biology last year, and am...
  35. A

    Programs Academic Advice from Aerospace Professionals

    I want a career in the Aerospace Industry. My original major was Physics, and after my first year of a three-year community college degree, I have learned much more about what different degree's lead to what jobs. I am a solid A student, English, Geography, Computer Science, and Mathematics are...
  36. Sai Maurice

    Engineering Nuclear physicist with nuclear engineering PhD?

    Hello Physicsforums. The title states my main question, but there is a little bit more than is revealed there. 1. Can you become a nuclear physicist with a nuclear engineering PhD? 2. If not, then can I get a PhD in nuclear physics with a double major in mechanical engineering and mathematics...
  37. trigger701

    Studying What is your academic reading strategy?

    Does anyone have any good reading strategies which they use to plough through academic papers? I'm currently a little bit daunted by the amount of stuff out there that would be worth reading, and it's almost paralysing me a little. Advice on any of the below would be useful: - Deciding what to...
  38. Avimanyu Ray

    Admissions Academic guidance after graduation with honours (India)

    Hello, I am currently in 2nd year of my 3 year course B.Sc. honours (India) course in physics. I was looking forward to studying the university which is apt for me in masters...what are my options of studying abroad like UK or other universities good for physics? Also I would like to know about...
  39. risp

    Schools Which of these 4 colleges has better a better physics program?

    I got accepted for the 3-2 course in the following colleges: Knox Earlham Suny Geneseo Ohio Wesleyan University I want to do B.A in physics.So which school is better?
  40. C

    News Current Events in US/UK = Academic Boon for Canada?

    The CBC is reporting a drastic rise in international student applications to Canadian universities. University of Toronto applications, for example, are up by over 80%. Many are speculating that this is due to uncertainty generated by the recent actions of the new American president and...
  41. J

    How to Salvage my Academic Career?

    I'm not sure how to best put this, but I'm in what seems like an almost un-fixable predicament. I graduated in 2015 with two degrees, one of which is a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Astronomy, the other a B.A. in Russian Langauge (did that one not really for career prospects but because I...
  42. S

    Other Choosing to be an academic in physics

    Hey there, As an undergrad first year, physics has been great but I have some dilemmas of what I want to do. I want to go into research/ academia but it seems as though, despite me getting good grades, I don't necessarily get some concepts straight away, to the point I'm self conscious in my...
  43. J

    Standard Database Model for Academic Management

    I am the database administrator of my university, so I have to build up the database from scratch. I am just wondering if there exists already some predefined database model for academic management which focuses on entities such as students, grades, courses, teachers and faculty buildings.
  44. Cosmology2015

    Studying Research Opportunities as an Amateur

    Hello everyone! My goal has always been to be a researcher in physics. I am graduated in Electrical Engineering. My idea was to perform a master's degree and then a PhD, both in physics, with the aim of becoming a researcher. However, at this time I need to work, but I always have the night off...
  45. zombie

    Programs How to continue after a major academic failure

    [Big forewarning that this is a bit of a rant written by a sleep-deprived person at the edge of their wits, but I am genuinely asking for advice as well, if a bit desperately.] [tl;dr: I flunked out of one of the best undergrad physics programs in the US in my junior year due to health issues...
  46. S

    Engineering Students Academic Discussion

    Hi guys, I am doing a quick survey here. I am not sure this is appropriate in this section but here it is. If your are an engineering students, could you guys please comment on: 1) Who do you ask when you stuck on study-related questions (eg. lecture note, tutorial, assignment questions...
  47. R

    Admissions Please look over my Academic Suspension appeal

    Please help. I am not confident about my academic suspension appeal. Please help me with my grammar, spelling, punctuation. And if there is something wrong with my letter, please address it but don't be rude about it. I am worried someone might criticize my letter and start making judgements, so...
  48. Seth Newman

    Courses Academic Coursework Pickle - Could really use some advice

    Greetings science enthusiasts - Longtime lurker, first time poster here. I am in a bit of a weird position academically, and would love some pertinent advice. Some background: I am a former Firefighter/Paramedic who got a few AAS degrees (knocked out about 154 credits in 8 quarters), and...
  49. G

    Admissions Academic Appeal, you think they will give me another chance?

    I am .01 points away from the required gpa. Also if i have any grammatical and/or punctuation errors let me know!I am writing to appeal my academic dismissal from xxxxxxxx. I was upset to recently receive a letter informing me that I am subject to academic dismissal. I am ashamed to admit that...
  50. J

    Engineering Academic Incest (physics, engineering)

    So I do not think it matters because I am quite happy where I am but I thought I would humor myself and throw it out to the masses just for fun. I have heard this term "academic incest" which basically is this idea that receiving undergraduate and graduate training from the same university is...