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FE Results Are Here! Did I Study Enough?

FE Results Are Here! Did I Study Enough?

Can we all give a sigh of relief? I’m glad it’s over and I’ll never have to retake this test. I’m not sure if I’m PE-bound but I’m sure that I don’t want to think about it quite yet.

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Two-Stepping in Flagstaff

Two-Stepping in Flagstaff

There are more fun times happening at the French Farm! At work, I was taught how to use the lathe so that I wasn’t completely reliant on others to fabricate parts. I still ask many questions, but I can handle the drill press, band saw, lathe, mill, grinder and a wee bit of welding. Today I made this shaft for a drive I’m building. I just hope everything fits together has planned! And also, here’s …

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Who said MechEs can’t do Electronics?

Who said MechEs can’t do Electronics?

So, I know, I’m a mechanical engineer, but I have taken my first steps in to a much larger electronics world. This is Stampy, my mircocontroller. He’s small, but he packs a punch. He does everything I ask him to (as long as I ask him the right way, of course). This set-up is fun. I have two push buttons wired up to two I/O pins. When Stampy sees them pressed, he stores a 1 …

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Some Firsts!

Some Firsts!

I’ve learned that being a touch nosy can pay off. This week at work, while working on a project, I really needed to have slots instead of holes in my piece. Easy, right? Sure, if you know a mill. I know what you’re saying, “you’re a mechanical engineer and you don’t know how to use a mill?” Yes, that is correct. I asked a co-worker and he gave me a very good tutorial on how …

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Graduation in 2 days, really? Finally!

Graduation in 2 days, really? Finally!

So, rumor has it, I’m graduation from engineering school. In 2 days! Here’s a quick snap shot of the outfit I’ll wear. I’m a Tau Bate and I earned Latin honors, so I’ll look extra spiffy. I’m sad my Oregon/Washington loved ones won’t make the celebration, but I know everyone is so happy I’m finally done. My last final is today. Where does one pick up with life after so many late nights and cups …

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Book Review: The Quantum World

Book Review: The Quantum World

Kenneth Ford’s 2004 book The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone is a conversational introduction to quantum physics. The book is a short, but dense read that took me about two weeks. This is a book where the author tells you to “buckle your seatbelt” periodically. He’s definitely not joking. A quick synopsis is in order. We first learn about the basic units of measure used in quantum mechanics. My favorite bit from this section: …

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Rabbits vs. Sheep Smackdown

Rabbits vs. Sheep Smackdown

Let’s suppose we have bunch of cute fluffy rabbits and a bunch of tough sheep hanging out in an enclosed field. If there were only one of these species, their population would grow logistically. We also know that rabbits, well, reproduce much faster than the sheep and we know that sheep eat way more than our fluffy bunnies. So, the question is: if these two species are hanging out together and are fighting for the …

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Things tend to synch up

I’m taking a class this semester called non-linear dynamics and chaos. Dynamics, for those of you innocent folks, is basically the study of systems that evolve or change with time. Basically, the world isn’t always all neatly linear as we were taught in school. You remember ‘linear’—y=mx+b, the straight line. From physics to biology, we can model the long-term behavior of situations with differential equations (or basically equations containing derivatives, or rates of change). For …

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