“The Night Before [Physics] Finals”
My brilliant daughter-in-law, Laura Keith McMaster, wrote this in the midst of her almost nonstop studying:
The Night Before [Physics] Finals
Twas the night before finals, when all through the house
The computer was whirring, with the clicks of a mouse.
The Eigen values were calculated and written with care,
In hopes that my A+ soon would be there.
Angular momentum equal r cross p,
Without spherical coordinates, an atrocity.
Commutator [x, p] means x times p minus p times x,
a canonical relations gives you h-bar complex.
Mechanics of quantum, and the vibrations,
Give Quantum Computing and more applications.
The giants before me gave quantum its birth,
The proofs they came up with are of great worth.
I am amazed how the Schrodinger equations,
come round and round with completing permutations.
Fingers are numb and brain is so tired,
Must keep going so Clark won’t get fired.
We love to learn the quantum theory,
But the convoluted algebra makes us all teary.
DeBroglie says that lambda equals h over p,
This elegant solution has filled me with glee.
Quantum proving mechanics gives me delight,
I throw my hands up, exclaim “This is the life!”
- A bridge to the quantum world: Dirac electrons found in unique material (ns.umich.edu)
- Quantum trick allows researchers to ‘pet’ Schrödinger’s cat without killing it (mnn.com)
- Entangle Schrödinger’s cat to up its quantum weirdness (newscientist.com)