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Wednesday May 31st

Nick Mykins


The inherent value of learning

When I graduated from high school, there was one complaint I thought I would never have to hear from my classmates again: “When am I ever going to use this in real life?” I am sure everyone has heard it, and maybe they have said it themselves during some particularly obtuse lecture or another. Surely UNC is a place where we can all pick a major and then only study exactly what we are going to use in our future careers — nothing more, nothing less.

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Shedding light on the nature of light

As a student of physics, I’ve noticed that a lot of times, it’s helpful to think of certain difficult concepts in terms of simple things with which I’m already somewhat familiar. For example, I sometimes think of electrical circuits as water flowing through a series of little pipes. In this analogy, pumps represent batteries, water flowing past a certain point represents electrical current and some sort of obstacle that impedes the flow is a resistor.

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Find comfort in the chaotic

They say if you don’t like the weather in North Carolina, just wait five minutes. Of course, the exception is the one time you leave your umbrella at home while you go golfing, it will surely rain all day, without warning.

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