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ewomack
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Icon 1 posted June 19, 2007 21:01      Profile for ewomack   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
No! This isn't a cheap toilet reference! I have completed my grad school requirements and am awaiting the proverbial overpriced paper! Ah! Sweet freedom! I had forgotten what choosing books to read was like.

Now I'm a master in more ways than one.

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Congratulations!!!! [Applause] [Applause] [thumbsup]

So what's next? More time in academia or time for the "real world"?

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w00t! [Applause] [thumbsup] [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] [thumbsup] [Applause]

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Icon 1 posted June 20, 2007 05:57      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
congratulations.


its about time that I start the dreaded GREs and such. I feel so lost and behind... like a little sheep.

Keep spungo away, please.

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Congratulations!

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Icon 1 posted June 20, 2007 14:39      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If you choose to go for a Ph. D. after this, make sure you read PhD Comics. Like so many other doctoral students, I thought that it was joking until I actually entered grad. school.

...It's eerily true.

Anyway, congratulations!

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Icon 1 posted June 20, 2007 14:43      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by business attire:
congratulations.


its about time that I start the dreaded GREs and such. I feel so lost and behind... like a little sheep.

Keep spungo away, please.

The GREs are only the beginning [Smile]

Just take some practice tests before diving into the real thing and you should be fine. ETS makes two practice tests available online as part of their "PowerPrep" software. It mimics the exact interface you'll use on the test.

If you know the daily rhythm of your concentration, I would also recommend scheduling to take it when you're most alert. For me, that was 11:00 AM after a nice long walk and a big breakfast.

Oh, and if x^2 = 4, x = +- 2. You need to know that to get into the right mindset to answer some of the quantitative problems. Two runners running a fixed distance is a problem to be solved using harmonic rather than arithmetic means; that's also a common trap.

Earlier questions count more than late ones (I hate adaptive tests, but if they're going to insist on using them, by all means use the adaptive format to your advantage). You don't lose points for wrong answers. The late ones still count, so budget your time.

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Icon 1 posted June 20, 2007 18:30      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Oh, and if x^2 = 4, x = +- 2...
Oh I always forget to put the stupid "+/-" - I hate it when the only marks taken of from you on a test are because you forgot to put a little minus sign in.

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Icon 1 posted June 20, 2007 19:44      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by stevenback7:
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Oh, and if x^2 = 4, x = +- 2...
Oh I always forget to put the stupid "+/-" - I hate it when the only marks taken of from you on a test are because you forgot to put a little minus sign in.
On the GRE, you'd be given x^2 = 4 above, x on the left, and 2 on the right and you'd be asked if the left was greater (A), the right was greater (B), the two are equal (C), or there's not enough information to tell (D). The first thought is C, x=2. The correct answer is D.

This single question encapsulates the entire mentality needed to do well on the quantitative comparison questions, which is why I posted it.

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littlenewsie
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Congrats!

And yes, even though I'm nowhere near grad school, PHD comics is great.

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Icon 1 posted June 21, 2007 05:59      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Metasquares:
quote:
Originally posted by stevenback7:
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Oh, and if x^2 = 4, x = +- 2...
Oh I always forget to put the stupid "+/-" - I hate it when the only marks taken of from you on a test are because you forgot to put a little minus sign in.
On the GRE, you'd be given x^2 = 4 above, x on the left, and 2 on the right and you'd be asked if the left was greater (A), the right was greater (B), the two are equal (C), or there's not enough information to tell (D). The first thought is C, x=2. The correct answer is D.

This single question encapsulates the entire mentality needed to do well on the quantitative comparison questions, which is why I posted it.

I'm actually pretty good at that kind of thinking. But... harmonic vs. arithmetic? Harmonic isn't a term I've heard before in math. They don't make us micro majors do much -- the most complex thing I've ever had to do is partial derivatives. [Roll Eyes]
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Icon 1 posted June 22, 2007 00:21      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The harmonic mean is just the number of terms over the arithmetic mean of terms' reciprocals. The arithmetic mean is what most people mean when they say "mean" without a qualifier.

For example, Alice and Bob are racing from points A to B and back, separated by a distance of 40 miles. Alice runs there and back at 20 mph, Bob runs there at 30 mph and back at 10 mph.

The "trick" answer, and the one you'd get by an arithmetic mean of Bob's speeds, is that they finish at the same time.

In actuality, Bob's average speed is not 20 mph, but 2/(1/30 + 1/10) = 60 / 4 = 15 mph. Therefore, Alice finishes first.

This is intuitive if you think about it: Alice travels for a time of 2 hours at 20 mph to make it from A to B, then another 2 hours back, for a total of 4 hours. Bob travels there for a time of 1.3 hours and back for a time of 4 hours, for a total time of 5.3 hours.

If you see "harmonic" without the "mean" part, it can also indicate "harmonic numbers", "Ore harmonic numbers", or "harmonics" in Fourier transforms [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Metasquares:
This is intuitive if you think about it: Alice travels for a time of 2 hours at 20 mph to make it from A to B, then another 2 hours back, for a total of 4 hours. Bob travels there for a time of 1.3 hours and back for a time of 4 hours, for a total time of 5.3 hours.

That is the way I would have solved it in the first place. The REST of that gibberish was... well... gibberish. I'll leave harmonics for music.
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Icon 1 posted June 23, 2007 08:12      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Whatever works. I just find it easier to use named concepts that already have other identities derived from them.
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