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Society of Physics Students
The objectives: to encourage and assist students interested in physics to develop the knowledge, competence, enthusiasm, and social responsibility that are essential to the advancement of physics; stimulate interest in advanced study and research in physics; promote public interest in physics.
- We have meetings about once a month. Discuss club activities, make nerdy jokes. Free pizza.
- We have Sci-Fi movie nights usually about once a month, in the style of Mystery Science Theater. Free pizza and soda as well.
- We sometimes go to the rec center to play indoor soccer, and a bike ride may be in the works.
- We have board game nights as well. Food is potluck style, usually chips and snack/junk food. Members and grad students are encouraged to bring their spouses, children, girlfriends/boyfriends. Games typically include Risk, Settlers of Catan, etc.
Physicists Bill of Rights
We hold these postulates to be intuitively obvious, that all physicists are born equal, to a first approximation, and are endowed by their creator with certain discrete privileges, among them a mean rest life, n degrees of freedom, and the following rights which are invariant under all linear transformations:
- To approximate all problems to ideal cases.
- To use order of magnitude calculations whenever deemed necessary (i.e. whenever one can get away with it).
- To use the rigorous method of "squinting" for solving problems more complex than the addition of positive real integers.
- To dismiss all functions which diverge as "nasty" and "unphysical."
- To invoke the uncertainty principle when confronted by confused mathematicians, chemists, engineers, psychologists, dramatists, and other such folk.
- When pressed by non-physicists for an explanation of (4) to mumble in a sneering tone of voice something about physically naive mathematicians.
- To equate two sides of an equation which are dimensionally inconsistent, with a suitable comment to the effect of, "Well, we are interested in the order of magnitude anyway."
- To the extensive use of "bastard notations" where conventional mathematics will not work.
- To invent fictitious forces to delude the general public.
- To justify shaky reasoning on the basis that it gives the right answer
- To cleverly choose convenient initial conditions, using the principle of general triviality.
- To use plausible arguments in place of proofs, and thenceforth refer to these arguments as proofs.
- To take on faith any principle which seems right but cannot be proved.