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  1. My dad was a tenure professor and he did teach science at a graduate school although he taught political science so its probably not the kind of science that would be talked about much on this forum, and he had more than enough family time. If you don't want students to select your class because they think they can get good grades with minimal effort than don't hand out As. The thing about teaching is that's how you learn the most, and there's always something new. You're not doing the same old thing over and over again like my friend who is coating microchips. And when you do work for a company, if you make a discovery or invention you don't get credit for it, not the least being financial credit. An example would be when the chemist Spencer Ferguson Silver III invented post-it notes he didn't get a penny for his invention, it all went to 3M, the company he worked for. If you're teaching at a university or graduate school and you discover or invent something Im not sure if it belongs to the university, or if you can make your own profit from it. Im in the USA and professors do quite well here, or at least they make decent livings. Research is fun as that's where all the action is, its not like you're just doing procedural stuff as you could be if you're working for a company. Professors do need good teaching expertise, what they don't need is babysitting expertise as schoolteachers do, particularly elementary school teachers.
  2. That depends on what kind of teacher you are and who you're teaching. Im thinking along the lines of being a college professor. When you're a college professor you're teaching grown up students so you can do actual teaching instead of babysitting. And professors make good salaries too, a good professor can make over 100G a year and some professors make over a million a year so if I were to teach science I would want to be a college or graduate school professor.
  3. I was thinking, if you really enjoy science and you want a science career that you might really enjoy, you could teach. All too often people who go into science careers get boring jobs. A good friend of mine whose really smart and whose got a doctorate in chemical engineering is working for a technology company where he's coating microchips. He makes really good money doing that but its just the same thing over and over again day in and day out, coating chips, so he is a bit bored with his job. I was thinking though, teaching can be a really fun job where you actually learn something every day because, after all, you learn the most from teaching. So I would think, teaching science is a really good career that you can really enjoy if you enjoy science.
  4. As a Star Wars fan myself I will say that yes people do take Star Wars very seriously but we all know its pretend. As for applying physics to Star Wars I know its not going to go well what with Star Wars being pretend and all, so that's why I posted in The Lounge.
  5. True, but the part about Samuel Jackson playing Mace Windu and using a purple bladed lightsaber was obviously not meant to be taken seriously, unless lightsabers are real, (and sadly they aren't.)
  6. My post was supposed to be humorous and not taken too seriously, that's why I posted it in The Lounge but for some reason it's been moved to the Physics section.
  7. I briefly talked about this before on this forum about the process of how a car works, gasoline burns and in doing so gives off kinetic energy which goes through a bunch of processes (pushing pistons, turning gears, ect.) until finally it gets to the wheels and serves its intended purpose, moving the car forward. Anyway I believe it was mentioned here that about 80 percent of the energy is lost, its lost in the form of heat and friction. If only 20 percent of the energy is used to make the car go that's quite inefficient, can we make cars more efficient?
  8. What I learned in physics about visible light is that the shorter the wavelength the more energy it has, thus red which has the longest wavelength is the outermost color on the rainbow because it bends the least, colors with longer wavelengths bend less and also have less energy. Likewise, violet has the shortest wavelength and that's why its the innermost color on the rainbow, because it bends the most with its short wavelength. Also since it has the shortest wavelength it has the most energy so therefore violet lasers are the most powerful. So this being the case I would like to say that Samuel Jackson is smart. Samuel Jackson who played Mace Windu wanted a purple lightsaber. George Lucas said he could have blue or green but Jackson insisted on purple so Lucas gave him what he wanted. So Samuel Jackson was smart to want purple since violet has the most energy and violet lasers are the strongest, so Samuel Jackson AKA Mace Windu has the strongest lightsaber.
  9. Yes, a fictional and very funny character.
  10. So are you saying Howard Wolowitz isn't a scientist?
  11. An engineer is a specific type of scientist. The term "scientist" is very broad, an engineer is just a specific type of scientist, there are many different types of scientists. Not all scientists are engineers but engineers are all scientists, of a type.
  12. An engineer is a scientist. The Wright Brothers were engineers, so there you have it, an engineer is a scientist, a type of scientist. And I do believe the Wright Brothers did become relatively wealthy from their airplane inventions. From early on Jeff Bezos displayed scientific interests and technological proficiency and he graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in electrical engineering and computer science. Elon Musk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics. Bill Gates took computer science courses. I would say all three had some training in science in their educational backgrounds. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard because he didn't need to go there anymore, he was ready to start his career in computers.
  13. For somebody with a passion for science, it can, in my opinion, be a very rewarding career. Also, there's lots of wealth in a career as a scientist, indeed you can make mountains of money. Something that is inaccurate, I believe, about the fictional character of Sheldon Cooper, is that he isn't rich. He lives in an apartment that he shares with Leonard. A good scientist should be rich enough to be able to live in a mansion. Im not saying a scientist necessarily would live in a mansion, just that a good scientist should be able to afford to live very well if one wants to. Take for instance Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates. There you have it, scientists make mountains of money.
  14. Who would've thought that the inventions of Charles Babbage and Alexander Graham Bell would be merged and miniaturized. Now, if we could only do the same thing with the inventions of Henry T Ford and the Wright Brothers.
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