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Tell me /sci/ without any emotional bias:
Which degrees are shit tier
Which degrees are god tier
And I know that mathematics and science knowledge are ALWAYS god tier, which surprises me to some extent. For example, I recently learned econ majors are not doing so well in today's market, I always thought that economics required a broad understanding of mathematics, mainly game theory, but recently learned that is not the case. Medical majors also do not require that much math, which is why more engineering BS's are getting into medical schools these days then pre-med majors. They do better on the MCATs
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I cannot for the life of me figure this one out.
You and a friend are out hiking across a large flat plain and decide to determine the height of a distant mountain peak, and also the horizontal distance from you to the peak. In order to do this, you stand in one spot and determine that the sightline to the top of the peak is inclined at 7.5° above the horizontal. You also make note of the heading to the peak at that point: 13° east of north. You stand at the original position, and your friend hikes due west for 1.5 km. He then sights the peak and determines that its sightline has a heading of 15° east of north. How far is the mountain from your position, and how high is its summit above your position?
I keep getting 3.08, or 3.11 km away, and I get .40549 away. use Law of Sines with a triangle with angles of 75, 77, and 28, and 1.5km on the opposite side of the 28 degree angle.
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I wish I could tell you what it is like. To feel like you're truly working towards something good. To think that you will make a difference, not only in your eyes but in the eyes of the world.
But the world isn't watching. It never is. Instead we're locked in damp basements working grueling hours on something which in all likelihood will be insignificant and ignored by our peers. Because that is the harsh reality that comes with doing science. For years you will feel like what you do makes no difference. The stress and the pressure slowly building up to a point where you feel like you just can't take it anymore, only to be taken away temporarily by some minor achievement like getting another degree, or a publication in that slightly higher up journal you've been hoping for.
But it always returns. That lingering sense of insignificance. The realization that everything you do, however brilliant it may seem to your close or even distant colleagues, is incomparable to things which have been done before you. Even if you make it you will feel like it was all just luck. That you happened to be in the right place at the right time. That that tenured position wasn't really right for you, but you got it anyway, for no apparent reason.
Years beyond, when you are widely regarded as an expert in your respective field you will still have that feeling. That you do not really know what you are doing. That it was all luck which brought you there. That you are an impostor, living the life of someone else.
But this isn't true. You will not be an impostor. What you have been working on, however minor the problem may seem, has relevance. Everyone before you likely felt the same way. You cannot become great by trying to be great, but by wanting to do something with such a conviction that you become great in the process. Remember this in your years to come. It will comfort you.