Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ex Post Facto

Tin of mints, you have met your match and are no more.

In other news, the GRE proper wasn't as bad as it could have been. I'll find out in a few weeks how badly I did on the E&M, but I am pretty confident I got all the Astro and Relativity bits right. Of Peter and Kit, I had the fewest left blank, which remains to be seen as a good or bad thing. I only *know* I got one wrong and one right, I suppose. They gave us a question -- it was essentially "Multiply two of these four matrices we supply you with. What is it now?"; and I got [Lz,px] incorrect -- I thought it commuted and marked 0.

Now, I make a call to sustenance. Cheesy sticks, you are to perish in my digestive juices.

Friday, April 13, 2007

On the Graduate Record Exam

In the spirit of the GRE tomorrow, I will give you the books that I've referenced (for even a single formula) the past two weeks in studying (in order of class):

- An Introduction to Mechanics (Kleppner/Kolenkow)
- Quantitative Chemical Analysis (Harris) [Error Analysis]
- Principles of Modern Chemistry (Oxtoby, Gillis, Nachtrieb) [Speed Distributions]
- Electricity and Magnetism (Purcell)
- Vibrations and Waves (French)
- Optics (Hecht)
- Modern Physics (Serway/Moses/Moyer) [Scattering]
- An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics (Carrol/Ostlie)
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths)
- The Physics of Stars (Phillips) [Some fluid stuff...]
- Gravity (Hartle)
- Introduction to Cosmology (Ryden)
- Peice of ^%#@ purple REA physics prep book

My *real* introduction to cosmo book (Foundations of Modern Cosmology, Hawley and Holocomb)and my galaxies texts aren't quite so useful, I'm afraid.

I've also gone through about 75% of a tin of mints. Today.

I'll admit I'm a hair concerned about this one.