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  1. Apr 27, 2016 #1

    ProfuselyQuarky

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    This will be the summer between sophomore and junior year for me and I want to do something good. I’ve got Pinter’s "A book of abstract algebra" waiting for me to play with and a video course for inorganic chemistry, too.

    But . . . I don’t think that’s enough. I’m not taking any of my school’s math courses because my parents/teacher think that I’ve been cramming too much math the past year. I’m also planning on volunteering at a marine biology institute. I want to go into biochemistry, so although that’s not too specific to what I want to do, it’ll be a good and something I can do while still being <18. Any ideas? No way am I going to spend my precious summer months binge watching TV. I want to be productive . . . .
     
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    Get an extensive chemistry kit to do experiments with. This can be pretty expensive though if you want a good one.

    Can you tell us your current knowledge of math, physics, chemistry and biology?
     
  4. Apr 27, 2016 #3

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    Jeez ... what ever happened to sex, drugs and rock and roll as summer pastimes ? :-p
     
  5. Apr 27, 2016 #4

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    I can probably get one of those if I convince some people . . . :rolleyes:
    I'm currently in Pre-Calc A. My school breaks down math into halves per semester, so I'm currently finishing the first half. I'm also taking basic physics right now. My physics covers the elementary stuff like velocity and acceleration, basic thermodynamics, and fundamentals of particle physics. I took biology last year and that extensively covered everything having to do with DNA, proteins, amino acids, cells, biodiversity, etc. I have absolutely no formal experience with chemistry. My school lacks a chemistry course so everything I do is self-study. Actually, most the things I know is from studying on my own. I can balance equations and synthesize basic chem. equations quite easily.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2016 #5

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    Very cool, that should be fun! :biggrin:
     
  7. Apr 27, 2016 #6
    Come on, don't lie. You obviously know some calculus already! So what math do you know?

    Anyway, you could try to study evolution and genetics. It's extremely exciting to learn about these things. Better yet, get Biology from Campbell and read through it.
     
  8. Apr 27, 2016 #7

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    Oh, phinds :eek: That's horrible! However, I also intend to skate a lot . . . polish my digital art . . . make lux popsicles :smile:
    Yes, it will be! I’m looking forward it greatly :biggrin:
     
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  9. Apr 27, 2016 #8

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    Haha. That’s not what it says on my transcript :woot: . . . but, really, I can do much of calculus :wink:
    Thanks! I look into that.
     
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  10. Apr 27, 2016 #9

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    Are there any experiments in that book that I can do as I read through it?
     
  11. Apr 27, 2016 #10
    No, I'm afraid not. Perhaps there are other biology books that are more focused on such things though...

    Another idea, you could try programming!
     
  12. Apr 27, 2016 #11

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    Too bad . . . but perhaps that’s in the greater interest for the neighbors.
    I tried that before . . . Visual Basic and Windows’ Notepad ++? I attempted to design my own blog template, but didn’t get very far. HTML and CSS are not my friends. Although, perhaps I should spend some time polishing my ability to work on a LaTeX editor. Thank you, micromass, for the ideas. If you lived nearby, I’d invite you over to one of my summer popsicle parties** :oldlaugh:

    **kidding about those!
     
  13. Apr 27, 2016 #12

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    I know. I AM horrible. Actually, it's good to hear from someone who plans on bettering themselves. My wife teaches middle school and none of her students would even DREAM of doing something like that. 'Course they're a couple of years younger than you and have raging hormones so it's somewhat understandable, but I remember getting up at that age to watch a 6am TV show on lessons in statistics (this was WAY before the internet and the ready availability of such things).
     
  14. Apr 27, 2016 #13

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    You didn't actually do those things, did you?

    EDIT: Okay, bad question. You don't have to answer :smile:
    You nerd. :biggrin: I like YouTube channels like Sixty Symbols, Numberphile, Periodic Videos, and ViHart.
     
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  15. Apr 27, 2016 #14

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    In the interests of not being a bad influence on you, I'll pass on that one.

    Yeah but the CHOICES you've got. There was next to nothing available back then that you could do at home and for free (and that had a teacher) so that statistics course was a rare opportunity for me even thoough I didn't get to ask questions, of which I had lots.
     
  16. Apr 27, 2016 #15

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    OOPS ... I just realized that this thread is in Academic Guidance. I was thinking it was in General Discussion or I would not have derailed it with my flippancy. Sorry.
     
  17. Apr 27, 2016 #16

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    No need to apologize . You are quite entertaining regardless and my question has been answered already.
     
  18. Apr 27, 2016 #17

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    Speaking of derailing the thread, how did you come up with your username? It's quite unique and fun. :smile:
     
  19. Apr 28, 2016 #18
    Regarding the programming (the web dev bit that is), I can recommend freecodecamp.
    I've done quite a bit of the "lessons" they provide as a refresher last summer. It keeps on growing and is a great community.
    Also it's nice to see how an open-source community grows (great people).

    I like to do some gardening as well while the weather's nice. It could be fun to combine with some biochem ideas ( why does such and such fertilizer work that well, why does that herbicide work for that plant but not the other, ...).

    Have fun and don't forget to relax :-)
     
  20. Apr 28, 2016 #19
    Get yourself an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi and build something.
    Give you a chance to learn some programming and circuitry.
     
  21. Apr 28, 2016 #20

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    From a mentor! :smile:
    Thanks :smile: There's really no story to it. I like puns,science, and word "profusely" profusely. I've always been told I'm strange and peculiar so it seemed just right. When you make an account to PF, there's a warning that you can't change your name once the account is made, so I thought about it for a couple days so I won't regret it. I came up with it waiting for my math final to be handed out in class.
    Oh, that's a good idea! Thanks, JorisL. I might be able to try a small veg. garden and some food in the process? :woot:
     
  22. Apr 28, 2016 #21

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    Uuughh, computers . . .

    That's a great idea, cpscdave, thanks! It's just that I'm not so crazy for that type of stuff (wish I was) :frown: And, although it'd be probably definitely rewarding to try, it wouldn't probably wouldn't benefit me considering I trying to go towards biochem.? Or am I wrong . . . ?
     
  23. Apr 28, 2016 #22
    Ohhhhhh you're one of those.......

    Programming however is still a skill that everyone can benefit from. Look at the push in the states to make CompSci part of K-12 grade schooling.
     
  24. Apr 28, 2016 #23
    Programming really shows up everywhere in the sciences. If you decide you don't want to learn it, then you're closing a lot of interesting doors. As for biochemistry, thing about simulating chemical reactions or about folding proteins. Really, knowing programming is not a luxury anymore.

    https://www.quora.com/As-a-student-of-biochemistry-what-programming-language-should-I-learn [Broken]
     
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  25. Apr 28, 2016 #24

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    What's that supposed to mean? :biggrin:
    Understood and point taken.
    C or C++? Alright then. I thought it was something I could avoid . . . just goes to show how much I know!

    Thanks everyone! Looks like I'll be opening Visual this summer after all.
     
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  26. Apr 28, 2016 #25
    Python might be a good place to start :)

    I had to be the wet blanket here as well. But what about a part time/summer job?

    Recently I went back to school to take engineering, part of which I did the coop program.
    The younglings in the coop program who had 0 work experience had a really hard time finding placements. There was also a couple people who had no work experience AND didn't do the coop program. 2 years later those folks are working as a bartender and a landscaper.
     
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