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  1. Sure would be nice if your teacher put something together to help with LaTeX and getting started... maybe something like a guide and even starting templates. Perhaps even a video guide? http://www.aplusphysics.com/about/LaTeX.html
  2. This is a very common type of question, and the process of breaking up forces on a FBD into components and applying Newton's 2nd Law carries throughout the entire course. One of those things you've gotta learn. The "shortcut" that you learned isn't really a shortcut, and isn't something I'd recommend, as it won't carry through to other situations in which the third force isn't caused by gravity on a mass. I'd focus on learning how to draw free body diagrams, break forces at angles into components, and applying Newton's 2nd Law. It's the backbone of mechanics, and very important in further units as well. Good luck!
  3. That was a pretty cool read... I had no idea about all the different split configurations. Well done!
  4. On the bright side, replacing circuit breakers is fairly straightforward. Car engines, now... that's another story. Good luck!
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    @HegelBot153 Huh???
  6. That's a lot of doom and gloom for someone who had a fantastic score on the exam...
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    You can do it! And as I recall, you didn't "fail" the test so much as receive a score you're not overly thrilled with. Which happens to EVERYONE in here. Keep doing what you're supposed to and it'll all work out.
  8. Absolutely fantastic post, and I love the jumper from Stanley -- that's how you serve aggressive!
  9. Sitting on the third base line can be pretty scary in a big-league game. Especially if you have kids to wrangle who are more interested in their popcorn than the game.
  10. Dear Mr. Vank -- it's fantastic that you landed on the moon... but did you land on time?
  11. Sounds like you're right back in the thick of it... how's school treating you?
  12. Nice job thinking about how to learn efficiently and effectively!
  13. Thanks etracey99! Also hoping you have a great year in APC.
  14. Nice reflections on the video... and the small print disclaimer was cute.
  15. oh my... i'm not quite sure where to begin.
  16. Thrilled to have you in class this year... the flipped classroom (and very independent classroom) environment takes some getting used to, but I'm sure hoping you love it by the time we're done!
  17. Did any of these strongly resonate with you?
  18. That is fun to say! So, have you tried to tie together your interest in video games with math and science? Seems like a great opportunity for a series of blog posts!
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    I am thee.

    Howdy NightKing! What type of guitar do you play? I have a Seagull, a Taylor, and a 12-string Alvarez, though I'm finding that setting time aside to pull them out and give them the attention they deserve is pretty hard to come by these days. The self-driven format of the class can be frustrating for a while, but just like you said, it does a ton toward helping you build skills that will come in MIGHTY handy in very short order. And you get to do it in an environment in which you have lots of folks rooting for you and willing to step in and assist if/when needed! Don't be anxious about tests. Do your best. If you've done your best, the silly little number the instructor writes on the top when you're finished should be far from the top concern on your mind. If you've done your best, there's nothing more you could have done, so hold your head high and be proud no matter what. And if you didn't do your best, quit slacking!!! Make it a great day!
  20. Thrilled to have you aboard BrandyBoy... I think we'll be able to challenge you a bit this year, maybe the first serious academic challenge you'll face. When you hit that point (and most students do at some point in this class) -- keep in mind you have tons of fans rooting for you, and it's OK to struggle and fail. Failing is the first step to success, and learning how to fail productively is a terribly underestimated skill. Am I hearing the beginnings of some blog posts on how physics relates to boy scouts?
  21. Very well done MadyRice... thank you for doing a quality job with this assignment!

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