Title text: If you need some help with the math, let me know, but that should be enough to get you started! Huh? No, I don't need to read your thesis, I can imagine roughly what it says.
This comic shows a view that many physics students, upon first encountering a well-known problem, think that it is not so much of a problem, as they can fix it, in their minds, using an extremely simplified model. The obvious problem with this is that if it was that simple to solve the problem to a useful degree, there wouldn't be an entire department studying the problem, thus leading to great annoyance from those who have probably spent years and years trying to work on the problem. This argument is similar to the Spherical cow and idea that basic models taught in early physics classes only working in friction-less vacuums as shown in 669: Experiment.
- [Cueball stands at a blackboard covered in equations and diagrams, an open laptop and scattered paper at his feet. His fists are balled in anger and there is a little angry squiggle over his head. A physicist stands behind him, arms out in a shrug.]
- Physicist: You're trying to predict the behavior of <complicated system>? Just model it as a <simple object>, and then add some secondary terms to account for <complications I just thought of>.
- Physicist: Easy, right?
- Physicist: So, why does <your field> need a whole journal, anyway?
- Liberal-arts majors may be annoying sometimes, but there's nothing more obnoxious than a physicist first encountering a new subject.
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