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Physics GRE Review

So, maybe it’s a little early to start thinking about the physics GRE, but maybe not. I realize we haven’t started out work yet so we don’t know our schedules, but maybe it’s possible to do about an hour a week of GRE prep?

We could also use this time to go over stuff from out ED and QM lectures that we may not have understood.
I have a list of major concepts that we need to know for the physics GRE and a site with practice problems. Let me know if anyone else is interested in meeting. I was thinking of starting Friday maybe at 11 or 12 before our physics work and CERN work picks up.

Anybody interested?


(Also, on an unrelated topic, Benedikt Hegner said that he was gonna cancel class tomorrow because he is not feeling well and we can reschedule for some other time.)

Problems with lxplus?

So I am having problems opening ROOT in lxplus. If I just call ROOT by typing “root” it says that the command isn’t found even though I am in the right directory and I have ROOT in there. I have tried typing “./root &” since that is how I open ispy in lxplus but that says Permission Denied. I have tried “chmod +x root” but it doesn’t change anything. Do you know what I am doing wrong? I am probably making a simple mistake since I don’t know many linux commands.


Uploading slides….

This maybe a stupid question, but does anyone know how to upload the slides to the “BU WebDAV space”? I uploaded my slides under the media here, but I don’t know if that is what it means (maybe I am wrong). Arno said something about instructions for Guoan? I am not sure if I got that email….
Thanks, Andrea

Physics class schedule

Here is what I can gather about our UniGe schedule. The E/M was sent out by Prof Pohl. The QM I got from the agenda book which I assume is right. I also assume that the Tuesday class is the lecture. My guess is that there will be an English discussion for QM also (hopefully).

M: 10-12noon E/M lecture (main auditorium in Ecole de physique)
2-3pm E/M discussion in English (DPNC Library Room 211 in Ecole de physique )
T: 10-12noon QM
W: 4-6pm QM
T: 10-12noon QM
F: 2-4pm E/M discussion (lecture hall A50B in Science I)

I’ll update it as we get more info. Classes start Feb 22nd.

Talk on Dark Matter…

Hey all!

So I mention this to a few of you already, but Hidefumi Tomita is giving a talk during a Photon meeting tomorrow. The title of his talk is “Detector Development for Direction-Sensitive Dark Matter Research”. Some of you expressed interest on seeing this and I am currently working with Jess and Ryan about setting up a webchat/Skype so we can listen to the talk too. Photon starts at 5pm (so 11pm here). I know you all probably have better things to do with your Friday evenings but if anyone is interested, come down to our room (Elim, Chelsea and I are in #33) maybe a few minutes to 11pm.

They plan for the talk to be 30 mins so it will definitely be over by midnight.

We will also get to say hi to our Boston friends! Let me know if you are interested in coming! (I will buy some sort of snack for us all if I am feeling generous at the time?)


Somewhat helpful tutorial….

Hey all!

When I started using ROOT over the summer, there was this Tutorial I found… online (not the CERN one, it’s actually by Professor Bose) which I thought was very helpful for basic histogram stuff. I know some of you have been asking how to use ROOT besides just opening files and this may be beneath what some of you know already, but just in case….

(This is also me testing to see if posting things works…)

Hope this helps! 🙂