We teach students to *always* simplify in mathematics, but the truth is that this can hide the more natural interpretation of results.

Of course, Science can’t afford to sever the connection with Math, so they’ve made sure to keep the relationship strong.

01 Apr 2019

“We’re like the extreme outliers of the academic world!

In a good way, of course.”

29 Mar 2019

I *love* biology. Perhaps in another life I would be working within mathematical biology, since I think there is some important work being done there.

I understand the need to remember some things, but this tends to come from *using* the equations, not cramming them into your head right before an exam. I’ve literally made sure I can remember the equations before I enter the room, so that I can write them down immediately. Should students be punished if they *can’t* do this?

Sometimes it gets so bad that the general public might be fooled into thinking the work we do is *easy*!

“Edge effects” is one of the quintessential examples of handwaving in physics students.

18 Mar 2019

I actually *like* going through calculations, but there’s no doubt that this can definitely be classified as “grunt work”.

I love how a student’s job in the class is to convince the professor that they got really accurate results while also finding a bunch of sources of error that actually contribute in a significant way.

13 Mar 2019