"Asking Questions" Ettiquette How do I go about the proper way asking my research-advisor physics-questions? Right now: I (1) write page and equations numbers, (2) use the book's same notation, etc. Yet: it still takes him awhile to think through my questions, and ususually the questions are a silly bit of semantics, rather than something profound. Is there some sort of question-ettiquette I'm missing? I can't really avoid having stupid questions, try as I might, so I bet those are OK (and there will eventually come a time when I ask not-stupid questions and actually contribute to our discussions). On the other hand: are there any practices I should use to make the question-asking-and-answering process any less obtrusive to my research-advisor's professorly-duties?