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I am a physics ignoramus. I enjoyed three semesters of college honors physics, but only scraped through a semester of quantum physics by having my physics-major friend translate the physics homework into mathematics for me, then doing the mathematics parts, and having him translate the mathematical answers back into physics.

I am quite handy with mathematics, so this got me a passing grade, but I never did understand the physics, and my later revisits to the material didn't help.

I write a blog that often carries articles about science and mathematics. I have written a few blog articles about physics.


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12
suggested rejected edit on What's the Cause of Quantum Entanglement?
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12
revised What is the theoretical upper limit on the rigidity of a material?
remove confusing and irrelevant issue of rod torque force by making the rod twice as long and applying the force to the midpoint
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comment Why does sand stick to my shoes?
I tried to tag this with adhesion, but it seems you don't have that tag yet, and I don't have enough rep to create it. Please feel free to add additional tags as appropriate.
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asked Why does sand stick to my shoes?
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comment Why does my kettle only make a noise when it is turned on
This question is not the same as Why is boiling water loud, then quiet?. That question asks why the water becomes quiet just before it boils, while it is still being heated; this one asks why the water becomes quiet after boiling when it is no longer being heated. These are completely different phenomena.
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comment Why does paper become translucent when smeared with oil but not (so much) with water?
Did you mean “Wetting it will enable light to penetrate more”?
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Dec
9
revised What is the theoretical upper limit on the rigidity of a material?
used the wrong word
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9
revised What is the theoretical upper limit on the rigidity of a material?
added 55 characters in body