| Printable Graph Paper
| + LaTeX
LaTeX Help Pages
| Getting Started, Intro to LaTeX|
| Webpages that help you get started installing and using a TeX/ LaTeX distribution.
BTW, you can find a decent LaTeX manual here.
| Additional documents
commands quick reference, revtex option and command summary
(figures and tables spanning two columns in RevTeX anyone?), LaTeX
book, Dr. Smith's sample paper, etc. |
| University of Cambridge latex help
| This page has LaTeX help geared towards poeple in science and engineering.
|Complete LaTeX Distributions|
| The Tex Collection|
Windows, Mac, Linux
(The distributions linked here come with editors)
webpage has links to the primary TeX distributions for each of the
major platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix). If you are using
windows and want compatibility with older LaTeX documents, you should
probably also install Ghostscript and GSview
separately and before installing your Tex distribution. If you are
using Windows and the TeXworks editor (the usual situation) then you
should enable latex syntax coloring under the "Format" menu and
you should probably display line numbers too so that you can easily
trace the LaTeX compiler errors. In the TeXLive or MikTeX
package/settings manager tool click "Refresh File Name Database" or
"Refresh FNDB" after you make any major changes and after first
installing. Also, choose "letter" size paper rather than the default A4
|Additional LaTeX Editors
| Kile, Gummi
is the Linux equivalent of the above Windows editors. Kile
the job and does it pretty well. Gummi is new and provides a
near-WYSIWYG experience though the latex editor's syntax highlighting
is lacking. You should install the version of Kile or Gummi provided by your
linux distribution/software servers. In other words, you are best off using the
package manager to install these rather than doing the installation
|Simple LaTeX paper template|
Use this sample paper as a template for lab
reports or to learn LaTeX. |
Compile direct to PDF format. This option is selected in
different ways in different LaTeX distributions/editors. In
TeXShop and ProTeXt choose LaTeX->PDF or PdfLatex from the pull-down
menu that controls the action of the "build" button(s). In LED
choose Blue Arrow, etc.
|Example of a complex LaTeX paper|
|If you can compile this, your LaTeX
installation is in pretty good shape.
You will want to leave the
physics.sty file in the same directory as the main .tex file or in a directory in the LaTeX compiler's path. BTW,
you may find the physics.sty file very useful for many of your physics papers.
It provides a number of commands to improve the ease of using basic physics notation in LaTeX.
| Bibliography Manager
Windows, Linux, OSX
| EndNote™ is the commercial Windows equivalent. This bibliography
manager's native tongue is BibTeX which makes it particularly
appropriate for LaTeX users. I like it very much.
| + Matlab
|Matlab Help Pages
| Matlab Tutorial Videos (Integrated Player),|
Matlab Tutorial Videos (Direct Links)
If you are new to Matlab, you need to watch a few of these! They will
help you get going quickly. If you know other languages, watching a few
of these videos will help you get a feel for when to use Matlab versus
other high-level languages such as Mathematica or Fortran or C. The
first link takes you to a browser-integrated video player in which you
can select episodes from a pre-made menu. It's probably the best place
to start. The second link is probably a better interface for browsing
the advanced episodes or looking for a specific topic.
|Matlab Sample Code
These are examples of things you will probably use often during your
carear. It's worth the time browsing through some of these. You may
also find it useful to use some of these as starting points for your
|Matlab Command Reference
| Short, Long
| Print one or both of these out and have it next to your computer.
|Books and Manuals|
BoMaB Companion Software.
The Reference Manuals are necessary if you do serious coding in Matlab.
The B.o.M.a.B. book is one of my favorites. It's "fluff-free" and "just
the facts" -- a quick way to learn or refresh. You may want to purchase
a copy and download the companion software too. However, if you're
looking for a good but more leisurely introduction to Matlab, have a
look at the
textbook for PS232.
| Google Matlab, Or Try This...
| + Mathematica
|Mathematica Help Pages
| Mathematica Tutorial Videos
If you are new to Mathematica, these videos are for you! Even if you
are not new they are very helpful. They move fast and are not boring!
If you know other languages, watching a few of these videos will help
you get a feel for when to use Mathematica versus structured
programming languages such as Matlab, C, etc.
|Mathematica Sample Code
Here you can find a large number of useful examples. You can probably
find something similar to what you are trying to do at any given time.
| Google Mathematica
| Periodic Table
|| Element Collection, Wikipedia's
version, Another clickable
|| Some interesting periodic tables.
The element collection is particularly nice.
| Atomic Spectra
tube spectra measured here.
first link is a simple program that you can download. It
images of the spectra you can expect to see from the elements in the
periodic table. It also has a list of the strongest
frequencies. The second is a tabular list of the strongest
of the elements including intensities.
The third is
NIST's site. The fourth link is a set of sample spectra that
I took of some comon gases in discharge tubes (the vertical grey lines
show the expected positions of lines).
|| All About Circuits (pdf)
is a web-based textbook on electronic circuits. It's
more than 2000 pages long, so don't try to print it out! It's
updated periodically, and can be found at: www.allaboutcircuits.com/
| Circuit Symbols (docx)
Circuit Symbols (pdf)
of the set of symbols used to inidcate components in a typical
electronic circuit diagram. Reproduced
|Original Versions of Many Scientific Instruments
|| Online Museum
huge collection of pictures and descriptions of early scientific
apparatus. Modern apparatus is based on these and in many cases is not
much changed. It's very useful to look at these early
instruments, as they show their function so clearly.
| Laboratory Arts, Experimental Physics
Build your own scientific laboratory and learn how to do experimental
physics without the help of a modern machine shop or a computer.