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If you want to experiment with a radical new version of Portal:Physical Sciences you can work at Portal:Physical Sciencesnew.

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Some of the departments are in the wrong school[edit source]

Surely some of the departments are in the wrong school? Instead of being in School:Physical Sciences, they should go in School:Engineering and Technology, namely, the departments of

  • Electronics
  • Information Studies
  • Mechanics
  • Robotics 12:51, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

I agree. Also mathmatics isn't a physical science. I suggust we make it a school rather then a department. 01:13, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

New page format[edit source]

I have started Portal:Physical Sciencesnew where we can make a new version of Portal:Physical Sciences. My main goal is to include featured content and links to other Wikiversity content about physical science. --JWSchmidt 15:42, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Coordinate ourselves[edit source]

I think we should take advantage of the fact that, by now, we are little in numbers to eliminate the disadvantages of, well, being little in numbers. I mean, it's kind of discouraging when nobody helps you in writing something. But we can avoid it happening if we know each other and what each other is doing, so we can concentrate efforts on a few topics at once. And now that we are few we can do it.

We can fill a list like this one to present ourselves:

Professors[edit source]

Graduate students[edit source]

Zhang Yi

Undergrad students[edit source]

5th year[edit source]
4th year[edit source]
3rd year[edit source]
2nd year[edit source]


1st year[edit source]

High school students[edit source]

Other[edit source]

Then we can begin to selects topics to work on and, when we feel it is well developed, or when someone simply gets bored of it, another topic is proposed. For example, I was intending to begin my work here structuring and providing content for a course on Statistical Mechanics because I just had it at University and loved it. Those of us who know about the topic can create content, and those who don't can be "the students" asking about every single word they don't understand.

Any opinions? You are all invited to put yourselves down in the list above, of course. Best regards --Jorge 00:40, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

There is also Portal:Engineering and Technology/Participants. --JWSchmidt 01:37, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
Consider including yourself in the list here and maybe proposing a topic ;) --Jorge 21:45, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Seems like nobody actually liked the idea lol --Jorge 04:12, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikiversity is very new. Not many people come to this talk page. A link to Portal:Engineering and Technology/Participants or to this page and an invitation to participate could go on the portal page itself. You can try to develop collaborative groups at the content development projects. --JWSchmidt 16:12, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
I don't think there are enough people to worry about categorizing them, just yet. Also, it takes more than just a few days to attract attention to new projects. Might be better to start just listing our interests and what we're doing. I'm active working on Topic:Astronomy and Observational astronomy right now.--mikeu 19:10, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
Well, the categorization was just for the others to have an idea of what do we know (so if I want to work on subject X I can go telling it to users Y and Z). E.g., I still don't know a word about astrophysics, and just know the basics of astronomy; nor do I know still about quantum electrodynamics (it will come, it will come =)). But you're right: it can work well by just listing what we are (and are interested in) doing, and letting those who can and want to collaborate to offer themselves.
Another benefit of disclosing the subjects we master is that it allows for questions to be directed to the right users (which is more efficient -now that we are few- than posting them in some talk page). But maybe a better option is to have a common place in which to post (Physics related) questions (this way users are not disturbed directly: we'll just find questions when we look for them). I think question answering would greatly improve our (at least my) will to contribute. (And as an aside, our contribution would be directly useful to someone, which could eventually join our ranks).
So here I go: I'm currently working / wishing to work on:
  • Statistical mechanics (all of them) || Study guide:Statistical mechanics
  • Quantum mechanics: perturbation theory, variational method, second quantization, the solution of the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, etc., identical particles, quantization of angular momentum, and sum of angular momenta, and maybe something else || Hydrogen atom,Canonical quantization,Boson operators
  • Classical Special Relativity, or Electrodynamics, as you like: Relativistic formulation of electromagnetism, doppler, relativistic dynamics, collitions, and more basic subjects of special relativity || Study guide:Special relativity
  • Fluid dynamics: Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, waves (gravitational -depth h, infinite depth, small depth- and capillar, derivation of the minimal group speed due to adding both effects), solution of a flute (deriving the natural musical scale and the correction we do to it)
  • Quantum Physics: Dirac notation (and space and momentum representations) || Study guide:Quantum mechanics I,Schrödinger equation
--Jorge 01:28, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
"Another benefit of disclosing the subjects we master is that..." <-- My first impression looking at the list above is that some people might read it and get the impression that they need formal academic training to contribute here because of the emphasis on university categories. The other schools here seem to list interest by subject: School:Mathematics#Active_participants. But, to answer your question, I'm an astronomer at the Ladd Observatory.
"But maybe a better option is to have a common place in which to post (Physics related) questions..." <-- I agree that we could use a more organized way of directing questions to the right people. I created a page for astronomy questions called Topic:Astronomy/Help desk which is on my watchlist so I will know when questions get posted. We could create a new help desk for physics, and then add it to Category:Help desks.--mikeu 18:46, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
I hope it's not read that way. I'm new here, so I'm not to tell anybody what or what not to add. It's just what I know and want to add.
I've just created School:Physics/Help desk. We should advertise it somewhere. --Jorge 23:24, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

electric circuits and resistance[edit source]

concepts of e.m.f., potential difference, resistance, etc..I can't understand this topics Christian Merlyn (discusscontribs) 17:13, 21 May 2014 (UTC)