Author: Matthew Mansat, Golden Bear Blog
Full Text & Source: http://blog.admissions.berkeley.edu/2013/11/5-useful-sites/
The Internet, Online, 23/10/2015
- Quora (www.quora.com) [Physics/Math/Computer Science] – This website is useful if you have questions (or want to find well-worded questions) and you want to receive useful answers from relatively qualified people (ranging from Investment Bankers to Physics professors to grad students and so on). Generally any advice you want to find about what classes to take, what physicists do on a daily basis, or even what are some good places to eat around Berkeley? can be found here.
- StackExchange (http://stackexchange.com) [Computer Science] – This is a more objective (read: stoic) version of your typical question-answer format for some information websites, but you can search and find useful answers to different questions you might have in your classes that you didn’t get answered by your instructors. Also a good resource to learn about good programming practices and useful programming shortcuts! There are also StackExchanges for Physics (http://physics.stackexchange.com) and Math (http://math.stackexchange.com).
- Physics Forums (http://www.physicsforums.com) [Physics] – This website is more specifically tailored towards physics undergraduate students who are interested and curious about going to graduate school or want clarification on certain physics concepts. Also a bit more laid-back and replete with physics puns! (that you might or might not get right now).
- Codecademy (http://www.codecademy.com) [Computer Science] – Interested in learning how to program a certain language but you don’t know where to start? Codecademy is a useful beginner-friendly tutorial site for inspiring computer science majors, and even a good refresher for those who want to practice their Python/Java/etc. programming skills before coming to Cal.
- The Physics Hypertextbook (http://physics.info) [Physics] – Do you remember those interesting encyclopedias and Eyewitness books you read as a kid? Imagine a website that explains in somewhat lay-man’s terms what you’re trying to learn in your hard physics classes, and here’s that website! Everything intuitive and non-intuitive from Newtonian to Classical mechanics is explained (on top of E&M and other physics classes), so it’s a good online supplement alongside your lower division physics books!
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