What is Weird: Definition and 482 Discussions

Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. Psychology includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feelings and thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope. Psychologists also seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, linking the discipline to neuroscience. As a social science, psychologists aim to understand the behavior of individuals and groups.A professional practitioner or researcher involved in the discipline is called a psychologist. Some psychologists can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognitive scientists. Some psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior. Others explore the physiological and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviors.
Psychologists explore behavior and mental processes, including perception, cognition, attention, emotion, intelligence, subjective experiences, motivation, brain functioning, and personality. Psychologists' interests extend to interpersonal relationships, psychological resilience, family resilience, and other areas within social psychology. Psychologists also consider the unconscious mind. Research psychologists employ empirical methods to infer causal and correlational relationships between psychosocial variables. Some, but not all, clinical and counseling psychologists rely on symbolic interpretation.
While psychological knowledge is often applied to the assessment and treatment of mental health problems, it is also directed towards understanding and solving problems in several spheres of human activity. By many accounts, psychology ultimately aims to benefit society. Many psychologists are involved in some kind of therapeutic role, practicing in clinical, counseling, or school settings. Other psychologists conduct scientific research on a wide range of topics related to mental processes and behavior. Typically the latter group of psychologists work in academic settings (e.g., universities, medical schools, hospitals). Another group of psychologists is employed in industrial and organizational settings. Yet others are involved in work on human development, aging, sports, health, forensics, and the media.

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  1. Dots

    Is Physics Understandable Without Math?

    G'day. I only have a lay interest in physics - I don't math or anything - but I think I get the jist of it. It's weird, huh?
  2. J

    I Solve Brainteaser: What's the Difference in Age Between Steve and Steveston?

    If you have Clark, David, John and Steve in order and their last names (not in order) are Clarkson, Davidson Johnston and Steveston, where the difference in age between Clark and Clarkson is 1, the difference between David and Davidson is 2, the difference between John and Johnston is 3. What...
  3. E

    Programs Solve My Weird SULI Situation | LBNL Staff Scientist

    Hey guys I'm kind of stuck in this weird SULI situation and I've been sweating bullets since last night. I was contacted by an LBNL staff scientist who agreed to take me in. I received an email from him saying that he had accepted my application. I hadn't received an official offer yet so I...
  4. S

    B Is superconductivity something usual or weird?

    Wikipedia says that superconductivity is a phenomenon which can only be explained by quantum mechanics. Maybe there is a close relation between the connection of superconductor parts and quantum entanglement? If yes, a question arises: what is the speed of electric current flowing through the...
  5. N

    Weird barometric formula experiment results in Excel

    Hi, as I know the barometric formula is an exponential equation, but when I did the experiment with a barometer at different heights and inserted these results in Excel for curve fitting, it showed a weird thing, I think. So exponential equation did show that R^2=0.942 and the second-degree...
  6. X

    I Trying to identify a weird metal found on a beach

    This object, about the size of a tennis ball was found by my brother. It's metal. It's very hard. Cannot scratch it with a Stanley knife. Cannot break even a small piece off using pliers. Thrown with force at concrete and undamaged. Relatively heavy. My brother estimates similar weight to lead...
  7. K

    A Weird beam behavior in a cavity

    Hello! I am trying to align a bow-tie cavity and I noticed a behavior of the beam spot that I can't explain with my (limited) knowledge of cavities. For reference, I am scanning the current of the laser in order for the laser to follow the cavity. I attached below 3 frames from a video I took of...
  8. samy4408

    Medical Hello, I found a weird sentence in a book about enzymes....

    Hello ! We all now that enzymes lower the activation energy by creating both covalent bonds and week non covalent bonds , in this book , about how the enzyme lower the activation energy using covalent bonds they said : this sentence is not compatible with a basic principle that i learned in...
  9. Steve Zissou

    I Distribution of Sum of Two Weird Random Variables....

    Hi there. Let's say I have the following relationship: x = a + b*z + c*y z is distributed normally y is distributed according to a different distribution, say exponential Is there a way to figure out what is the distribution of x? Thanks!
  10. altruan23

    BJT emitter circuit weird equations?

    Summary:: So apparently the equations schould be correct but I am not sure about it. Isnt R1 = Ub(10V) - Base voltage / Iq + Ib --> Ub is the source voltage 10V. And schouldnt R2 be :base voltage / Iq?
  11. T

    A Question About Pronouncing Weird Words

    Hello, maybe you can settle an argument. The internet leaves people trying to spell words a little different, or creating new ones all together. For example, rocks, becomes rox, becomes roxor (said rocks-or) This leads to my question. ‘Boox’ is the ‘word’ in question. I think it should be said...
  12. B

    Interpreting Weird Results: J_u, P_1 and T_1

    I need someone to check my work, because I'm getting weird results that I'm not able to interpret physically for parts b and c. Thanks in advance. For part a... ##J_u = e_1 \sigma_B T^4## ##P_1 = AJ_u = e_1 \sigma_B AT_1^4## ## T_1 = \left( \frac {P_1} {e_1 \sigma_B A} \right)^{\frac 1 4} ##...
  13. Killtech

    I Can Dirac Delta Functional Observables Be Regarded as True Quantum Observables?

    I ran into an issue of expressing certain types of operators and after a little thinking managed to do it by decomposing them with the help of a weird class of functionals: $$|Φ⟩\rightarrowδ_{\{|Ψ⟩\}}(|Φ⟩)$$ for any state ##|\Psi\rangle##. And yes, it's a Dirac delta acting on the the Hilbert...
  14. M

    A Weird pattern for a laser beam spot

    Hello! I am trying to measure the gaussian profile of a laser beam, which is supposed to be T00. The profile shown in the specifications looks very Gaussian, and the laser is brand new. I am using this camera and I am using 2 of these wedges to guide the laser beam into the camera (mainly to...
  15. H

    I What Are These Mysterious Objects Spotted Near Orion?

    Hi all! I am new here :) I was observing Orion with the astro software Aladin and I found two similar relatively weird objects. I would like to share with you the image, with the zoom on each of them. Any explanation? Could they be the same object (a satellite?) seen in two different moments...
  16. F

    I ##H=i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}## is weird

    ##\frac{d}{dt}P(x,t)=\frac{d}{dt}<\Psi|\Psi>## ##=<\frac{d}{dt}\Psi|\Psi>+<\Psi|\frac{d}{dt}\Psi>## By using ##\frac{d}{dt}=\frac{-i}{\hbar}H## , ##\frac{d}{dt}P(x,t)=<\frac{-i}{\hbar}H\Psi|\Psi>+<\Psi|\frac{-i}{\hbar}H\Psi>## ##=\frac{i}{\hbar}<\Psi|H\Psi> - \frac{i}{\hbar}<\Psi|H\Psi> = 0##...
  17. D

    My weird geneva mechanism doesn't work. Looking for suggestions

    Two things that I think I should say before I describe what I did: First, I do not have any physics-related background (but I have a degree in CS, and I'd like to think I have a good enough grasp on math to be able to understand equations describing motion of objects). So please forgive me if...
  18. J

    I Weird Semidirect Product Formula

    My book gives this formula for the semidirect product for groups ##Z_p## and ## Z_q## for primes p<q and p divides (q-1). ##(a,b)*(x,y)=(a+_q c^bx,b+_py)## There is also an explanation of what c is but very little else. It doesn't even explain what operation adjacency represents, eq...
  19. kyphysics

    Would it be Weird to See Psychologist Just to Chat and De-Stress?

    Suppose someone doesn't have anyone to relate to on a variety of personal matters and just wants someone to talk to about those things. Would seeing a psychologist be a solution? Or, do they mainly see people with psychological issues? Also, what if a person is just feeling "lonely" or...
  20. Isaac0427

    I Can Generating Functions Simplify the Calculation of Currency Combinations?

    This is an interesting combinatorics problem that I thought of. Oddly, I think I know of an application of said problem to physics, but I could not find any problem like it online (the closest I got was the Knapsack problem, which is just about optimization). My initial instinct was to look for...
  21. ThisTimeTomorrow

    The strangest intro you'll ever read....

    Hello all, Here's the deal. It's weird, but it's true. I will swear on "The Precious" if necessary. (gratuitous Ring reference) Due to the unique circumstances surrounding my life, I have lived in a major depressive with borderline personality traits state for the better part of 40 years...
  22. I

    B Weird stuff on infinite numerical sequences in a Soviet book

    The book is Calculus: Basic Concepts for High School on the first page you are given the following sequence: 1, -1, 1/3, -1/3, 1/5, -1/5, 1/7, -1/7, ... several pages later the rule is given: in the second rule, for the first term in the sequence, the coefficient of one of the terms is 1/0...
  23. aspodkfpo

    Weird algebra and logic in a mechanics cart quesiton

    Logic and equations seem to have come out of nowhere in this question. I have been unable to understand where these equations come from and why they are used. Can someone describe the logic for the steps in the question?
  24. Amit1011

    Why am I getting this weird equation between angle and time?

    I tried solving this, the equation coming up is given by: θ≈4 cot^(-1)(e^(-3.1305 sqrt(1/R) t)). However, this is not correct as can be seen when plotted: enter image description here Can somebody please let me know, why is this equation not valid.?
  25. T

    Multivariable Arc Length Problem: Weird Form with Parameterization

    Problem: See Attachment. Parts (a) & (b) are clear, but my confusion arises in (c)-- I feel like there is a much simpler form. While technically my answer is correct, there must be something I'm missing. I parameterized the curve C=(t, e^2t, e^2t) and got c'(t)=(1,2e^2t,2e^2t), which should...
  26. Ashelion

    Kinematics Question with weird units

    Would the A = 2.0 ms^(-5/2) affect my answers for parts (a) to (c)? Since I basically ignored the unit ms^(-5/2) and integrated the function to get the ones for velocity and displacement. And as for part (d) explain the dimensions of A; I assumed that the ms^(1/2) comes from the square root due...
  27. M

    Weird condition describing symmetry transformation

    I'm a bit confused about the condition given in the description of the symmetry transformation of the filed. Usually, given any symmetry transformation ##x^\mu \mapsto \bar{x}^\mu##, we require $$\bar\phi (\bar x) = \phi(x),$$ i.e. we want the transformed field at the transformed coordinates to...
  28. M

    I Weird covariance matrix for linear fit

    Hello! I really don't know much about statistics, so I am sorry if this questions is stupid or obvious. I have this data: ##x = [0,1,2,3]##, y = ##[25.885,26.139,27.404,30.230]##, ##y_{err}=[1.851,0.979,2.049,6.729]##. I need to fit to this data the following function: $$y = a (x+0.5)/4.186 +...
  29. A

    Solving Complicated Limits for Advanced Mathematicians

    How do you solve this kind of limit? \lim_{x \to ∞} \left( \frac{x^2 - 1}{x^2 + 2x + 5} \right)^{-2x} Please give me a clue.
  30. acalcstudent

    I Bernoulli Equation with weird integral

    Part of me thinks this is could be a u-sub b/c x^3's derivative is 3x^2, a factor of 3 off from what e is raised to...but it is not a traditional u-sub...any thoughts if this is a u-sub or by parts, and what u should be?I know that there is more to solving the equation after this ( z =...
  31. Vigardo

    Weird (or not) issues in thin-walled cylindrical shell buckling modes

    Dear FEA experts, I’m trying to analyse* some finite elements model of a thin walled cylinder with variable cross-section, but I’m observing four weird issues in the buckling modes. The structure is vertically (along z-axis) and horizontally (along y-axis) loaded on top. Would you help me to...
  32. hagopbul

    Weird nuclear propulsion concept

    Hello all: I have a small question about nuclear propulsion , why everyone are trying to use it ,and why this wired choice of nuclear option , retrofitting a nuclear reactor to mount it on the rocket , isn't that a little dangerous , why they don't use other option or research it , there is few...
  33. M

    A rather weird form of a coherent state

    As far as I know we can express the position and momentum operators in terms of ladder operators in the following way $${\begin{aligned}{ {x}}&={\sqrt {{\frac {\hbar }{2}}{\frac {1}{m\omega }}}}(a^{\dagger }+a)\\{{p}}&=i{\sqrt {{\frac {\hbar }{2}}m\omega }}(a^{\dagger }-a)~.\end{aligned}}.$$...
  34. B

    Weird question, with strength of materials (probably)

    Hi, So,I'm helping a guy with his mechanical engineering homework. The problem is that the guy is so off, he doesn't even know the name of the subject. And honestly, I having a hard question finding out what this question is about. I need to proove the Zb=h^2/3 thingy. I have no idea what this...
  35. maistral

    A Solve Weird Matrix Equation to Get Values for P

    So while I was trying to browse some notes with regard to Laplace transforms in solving systems of ODE, this matrix came up: I could easily just use RK4 and call it a day to nuke the systems of ODE, but this actually made me curious. Apparently one can transform the matrix DE into another form...
  36. I

    Weird readings of a Geiger counter in my basement

    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum, so I hope my question fits into this category. Yesterday I wanted to check if I could measure any radiation from Radon in my basement with my Radiascan-701 Geiger counter which features a pancake-style probe that should be able to handle alpha, beta and...
  37. B

    Intensity and power question (weird)

    https://pmt.physicsandmathstutor.com/download/Physics/A-level/Past-Papers/AQA-Old/Unit-5/June%202016%20MS%20-%20Unit%205-2A%20AQA%20Physics%20A-level.pdf One question on this the mark scheme seems to skip this step as the intensity is Power per unit area , when you make I sun = I quaser *...
  38. T

    B Can we use temperature differences for power generation?

    I remember that the definition of temperature is the average kinetic energy. Then how about if I keep shaking a box, wouldn't the kinetic energy of the box increase and thus the temperature of it increase? (neglecting the thermal energy gain from friction) Also, is it possible to use...
  39. A

    What is Current? I know it is a scalar but I found something weird....

    While I was going through "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by David J. Griffith I see the line "Current is a vector quantity". But we know it doesn't obey the vector algebra (addition ). Then how it can be a vector?... Please help me
  40. M

    Mathematica Solving the Laplace Equation in weird domains

    Hi PF! I looked through the documentation on their website, but under the tab "Solve partial differential equations over arbitrarily shaped regions" I am redirected to a page that does not specify how to create a region. Any help is greatly appreciated. Also, if it helps, the domain is a...
  41. YoungPhysicist

    Weird / Interesing science related objects

    I've seen the recent threads on this subforum about favorite songs,what you've learned,lame jokes...so,I decided to start a similar one. What are some of the weirdest science-related objects you've seen? If you posted a picture, please make sure it has no copyright issues and use a spoiler tag...
  42. YoungPhysicist

    A weird homework that requires everyone to answer

    Homework Statement If the following question is inappropriate,please tell me immediately,and I will delete it.[/B] I got a really weird math homework today:find out questions in math textbooks of other parts of the world look like,specifically,how many percent of: prove questions(questions...
  43. mastrofoffi

    Weird fluctuations in Ising model

    Not 100% sure this thread belongs in this section, sorry if it's out of place. I was trying to run a simulation of a 2D Ising model; i thought everything was going fine until I started to look at the numerical results and I noticed that I get some wild fluctuations in my results; as an example...
  44. Thinkaholic

    B I Feel Weird Using Integral Tables

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place. Sometimes I do really stupid things on integrals (use a method that gets me nowhere, make a mistake while factoring quickly, etc.) I have always been reluctant on using tables because I always felt stupid using them. I feel like I have to reinvent every...
  45. G

    Weird circuit board with only resistors

    Found this. What could it be? So many resistors and nothing else?
  46. Y

    MHB Trigonometric Integral, weird results

    Hello all, I am trying to solve the integral: \[\int cot(x)\cdot csc^{2}(x)\cdot dx\] If I use a substitution of u=cot(x), I get \[-\frac{1}{2}cot^{2}(x)+C\] which is the correct answer in the book, however, if I do this: \[\int \frac{cos(x)}{sin^{3}(x)}dx\] I get, using a substitution...
  47. J

    I Weird Lamp Effect: Investigating the Mystery of Fringes

    Hi everyone So something strange happened tonight. I've always hung my night lamp on a hook in the wall but last night I kept it on the floor. And i saw fringes form on the floor (see picture) Could someone please explain why the fringes formed? My guess is that two different waves from two...
  48. Wrichik Basu

    Weird sound coming from thermos flask

    I had a thermos flask that I had never used since I had bought it. Today, I decided to take it out and use it for storing hot water, so that I don't have to heat water every time I feel thirsty. An interesting incident occurred. I heated water to near about boiling temperature, and filled the...
  49. I

    A weird velocity/acceleration question

    Homework Statement This problem showed up in my final review packet, and I /think/ it should be basic kinematics, but I don't even know how to approach it with the second half of it. An object moves according to the equation x = vt + ke^(bt), where k, v, and b are constants, x represents...