For the science nerds - my paper on dark energy

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  1. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Had to write an extra credit paper for Physics on a subject relevant to modern physics. Thought some folks like llamatron, Dark_Convoy or Phy might get a kick out of this.

    The professor's only guidelines were to "write like Feynman" - i.e., to try and explain the subject without using mathematics as a crutch.

     
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  2. a person

    a person Is not amused.

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    Interesting read
     
  3. llamatron

    llamatron Shut up, Nigel. TFW2005 Supporter

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    "Originally posted by paper" = lol.

    I'll read it later tonight with my JD + coke.
     
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    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Ops, you did a nice job explaining everything as well as being concise in doing so. I hope you do well with it! :thumb 

    I continue to wish you the best with your academic pursuits :) 
     
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    hehe, retards.
     
  6. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I had to sneak that in there. :D 
     
  7. Phy

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    Pretty good, Ops! I think Feynman would have thrown in a reference to bongo drums. What degree you goin' for?

    One concern, on trivia not concept: I think you want to say in the second paragraph that Einstein formulated general relativity, not Hawking.
     
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    lolwut?
     
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    Cool read. I'm more of a Bio/Chem/Computers science nerd, but this was definitely clear to me. Thankfully I wasn't scared off by undefined physics terms or terrifying greek-lettered equations.
     
  10. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Electrical engineering. I've got 2 semesters left, which is most of the reason y'all haven't seen much of me recently.
    Aight, I'll go back and check over that so it's clear I was quoting Hawking quoting Einstein.
     
  11. chaosbringer_00

    chaosbringer_00 I am indescribable.

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    An excellent read. Science of any sort fascinates me, and I enjoy learning anything that could be deemed scientific.

    ...but just so you know, I had typed out a nice, well-written response to this, but right before I finished I accidentally snagged my foot on a wire and cut the power to my PC. I have impeccable timing <_<

    I do have a question, though: can you direct me to a resource where I can learn more about the connections between matter and energy (the normal sort, not dark)? Anything about their composition, basic interactions, and conversions from one to the other? I realize that covers a rather wide range of things, but any help would be nice.

    -Matt
     
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    Chaos - try wikipedia articles on general and special relativity, and on the Standard Model of particle physics. Explore from there. There's not a lot of room to exercise the usual wikipedian writ of editorial douchebaggery with physics without coming off like a complete woo, so the wiki articles ought to be a good starting place. For more specific questions and clarifications, I find myself wandering over to the Bad Astronomy/Universe Today forums. They are friendly (if you're not a moon landing denialist) and much more knowledgeable about cosmology and astrophysics.
     
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    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Also, the various pages on science@nasa and just googlin' for subjects seems to get me a lot of hits on those subjects.
     
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