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If there is a God, i must have pissed him off

  1. May 9, 2006 #1

    Pengwuino

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    Boy did i have one hell of a day. I get my results from my last midterm for htis differential equations and linear algebra class... f....F.... FAIL, beyond fail even! I should have been given an X on it. Then on my chemistry exam on, amongst other things, electrochemistry, my calculator batteries die and i don't have any backups. Do you know how hard it is to figure out what the hell ln(1/2) on a test with no calculator? Or how bout [tex]k = e^{\frac{E}{R}(\frac{1}{{T_2 }} - \frac{1}{{T_1 }})}[/tex] ??

    Oh well it wasn't that bad...

    Then i got home and looked at the mail and BOOM, Jury duty.

    Day = suck
     
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  3. May 9, 2006 #2

    JamesU

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    Well I'm sure Cyrus will be here to make fun of you
     
  4. May 9, 2006 #3

    Pengwuino

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    He's already late
     
  5. May 9, 2006 #4

    JamesU

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    I'll call him at home
     
  6. May 9, 2006 #5

    Pengwuino

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    That's when you know your day is really bad and that you're not just belly-aching and making up drama.... you get hit with jury duty summons.
     
  7. May 9, 2006 #6

    JamesU

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    give some BS excuse not to go
     
  8. May 9, 2006 #7

    Pengwuino

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    Yah like "I plan on being tossed in jail because i didn't report to jury duty"? This isn't some school field trip to a museum. Thankfully from what I hear, you just tell them you're a physicist or a physics major and the lawyer's will tell you to go away and build a laser.
     
  9. May 9, 2006 #8

    Math Is Hard

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    fill out the form in crayon and explain that you cannot possibly serve jury duty because you are a penguin. that should do it.
     
  10. May 9, 2006 #9

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    Yah and instead of a deputy, they'd send out the nut-house guys to my house :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Ahh so many people don't care about their civic duty these days that i bet they even expect people not to come.
     
  11. May 9, 2006 #10

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    It just takes doing a few half-life problems before it gets permanently etched in one's brain that ln2 = 0.693. So, ln(1/2)=-0.693

    Alternatively, from high school math classes you might recall that lnx=2.303logx, and surely you know that log2=0.301

    As for calculating the rate constant from Arrhenius, I couldn't say unless I had the numbers.

    It's also useful to feep a couple other numbers in your head for a rainy day : log3=0.4771, log7=0.8451

    Mostly, that's all you'll need to find any other logarithm.
     
  12. May 9, 2006 #11
    Slide rule?
     
  13. May 9, 2006 #12

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    :rofl: Good idea . . Batteries not needed.
     
  14. May 9, 2006 #13

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    Tsk tsk. You really should remember stuff like ln 2. Of course ln 0.5 = -ln 2

    Here's what I have committed to memory, I consider this to be the basic minimum.

    Natural log (ln) 2 = 0.693
    Common log (ld) 2 = 0.301

    By dividing those, you can work out ln 10, and you can convert between natural and common logs.

    Oh yeah, also remember powers of 2 up to around 2^20 and up to the fifth powers of other numbers from 3 to 11 (of course you can omit the composites and powers (6 = 3*2, 9 = 3^2, 8 = 2^3 etc), 5 = 10/2 and powers of 11 are trivially easy with a Pascal's triangle-like addition algorithm, so that amounts to memorising only powers of 3 and 7). And try and remember stuff like sqrt 2, 3, 5 and 10 up to 3 decimal places. And of course pi and e to 9 decimal places (e is very easy, it almost seems to be a recurrent decimal for the first few places).

    All this stuff will really help you in a pinch. It's like the Amex ad : "just in case". :smile:
     
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  15. May 9, 2006 #14

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    But it would get you out of it. :biggrin: :rofl:

    Better stock up on books, because you'll have a lot of time to sit around and wait while they decide you can't serve on any case for jury duty. Lawyers don't like people with a science background; they understand the forensics too well. Then again, you could show them the F you got and maybe they'll decide you're okay to put on an interesting case. :tongue:

    Now, where is Cyrus? You're down and he isn't here picking on you...I hope he's feeling okay. :uhh:
     
  16. May 10, 2006 #15

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    If this is true, I've lost all faith in the legal system. :frown: If the fate of someone depends on convincing the ignorant and/or unintelligent, what hope have we of justice ?

    I would've said I've lost all faith in lawyers, but I never had any to begin with. :rofl:
     
  17. May 10, 2006 #16
    Too bad you got an F. Just take it again next time and study hard. Now I must return to studying for my 2 finals this saturday myself. I have forced myself off of PF by blocking it on my IE6. :bugeye: Cold-turkey is not good...

    bye bye
     
  18. May 10, 2006 #17

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    Pfft. A whining penguin? New species! I shall name you.. Spheniscus whinasaurus :biggrin:

    Its just a couple of F's.. Gale got a dozen of those, I'm almost there. Just retake it and next time get an A and be like BOOYA!
     
  19. May 10, 2006 #18

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    An alien has taken over Cyrus !
     
  20. May 10, 2006 #19

    Pengwuino

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    :bugeye: :bugeye: :bugeye: :bugeye: :bugeye: :bugeye: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?!?!??!?!?!!
     
  21. May 10, 2006 #20

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    And you thought you had a bad day! Obviously, poor Cyrus is completely crumbling under the exam pressure. :eek:
     
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