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I'm a postdoc doing research in high-energy particle physics. I also have a hobby interest in computer programming.

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comment Why is this not considered a perpetual motion machine?
@JimtheEnchanter that should be an answer.
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comment Why is this not considered a perpetual motion machine?
A better example might be a satellite orbiting the Earth, with a precisely calibrated cannon.
May
21
comment Is it possible for someone traveling at the speed of light to see at all?
@Kevin.hammet yep, you bet we would put Einstein's question proposing relativity on hold in a heartbeat. This is not the place to be presenting brand-new physics. Anyway, this is a slightly different issue. You're not presenting a new theory, you're asking us to use a known theory to analyze a situation which is forbidden by that theory. That's different but also off topic.
May
20
revised Can microwaves affect WiFi?
remove clause about safety advice
May
19
comment Is it possible for someone traveling at the speed of light to see at all?
See the help center, specifically with respect to fictional physics. Since the question is based on an object moving at the speed of light, it cannot be within the framework of general relativity. If the question asked about such a situation within some (mainstream) alternate theory which does allow objects to travel at the speed of light, then it'd be fine, but as is, this question is just one of those "assuming physics doesn't work, what does physics say would happen" type questions, which are off topic.
May
19
comment What physics paper would a high school student be able to read?
I actually don't think this is on topic. It's not a content-based resource recommendation, which is the type of resource recommendation we allow.
May
19
awarded  waves
May
18
comment What Is The Difference Between The Maths That Physicists Use And The Maths On A Typical Mathematics Degree
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about educational/career advice.
May
18
comment Difference between maths in physics degree and maths in a maths degree
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about educational/career advice. I'm not sure if it would fit on another site in the network (maybe Academia or Mathematics or something else?), but if we find a good place for it, we can migrate it.
May
18
answered Does the statement “waves only transfer energy, not matter” violate $E=mc^2$?
May
17
comment Why is pseudorapidity defined as $-\log \tan \theta/2$
@Paganini can you point me to a reference?
May
17
comment Chemical potential
Just a note for future reference: please don't make large numbers of edits to a single post. Try to make your changes in batches, so that the total number of edits is low. Typically once you edit a post 4 or 5 times, that should be plenty.
May
16
comment Wearing sunglasses during a solar eclipse
Oh, no worries, even those of us who have been here for years have a hard enough time figuring out these things among ourselves. And it's not actually written down anywhere obvious that safety questions are not to be asked here, so I wouldn't expect you to know without someone pointing it out.
May
16
comment Wearing sunglasses during a solar eclipse
@BrianFunt I didn't say that having to do with safety automatically makes a question not physics; of course that isn't true. But we do not provide safety recommendations on this site. A question that is really about physics can always be rephrased in a way that makes it about physical effects and not about whether something is safe. (Which raises the question of why we have a laboratory-safety tag, but that question is probably a matter for Physics Meta.)
May
16
revised Deriving solution of the Renormalization Group Equation
improve formatting
May
16
comment Wearing sunglasses during a solar eclipse
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about biology and medical safety. Brian, as a start to making this on topic here, I'd suggest phrasing it as a question about the UV flux during a solar eclipse, or whatever physics concept you want to ask about, not a question about whether it's safe to do something. Roughly speaking, take out any mention of safety, human eyes, or looking at things.
May
16
revised How to guess the correct fitting function to some data?
expand on uses of picking a function from the data.
May
16
comment How to guess the correct fitting function to some data?
@AlexeyBobrick hm, okay, I see what you mean. In general, I stand by my opinion that the "right" way to do it is to take the functional form from one or more preexisting models, but I suppose it will be worth an edit to allow for other cases.
May
16
comment How to guess the correct fitting function to some data?
@AlexeyBobrick yes, that's intentional, because that interesting mathematical problem is not really within the scope of physics. In other contexts it's certainly possible that fitting an arbitrary function to data is useful.
May
15
revised Simple harmonic oscillator, calculate the trajectory in real space
improved formatting