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EDIT - Misunderstood the chart. Muon are also known as u-mesons for osme strange reason if wikipedia is to be believed. Its been a long time since I've had to think about subatomic particles.

http://xkcd.com/135/

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The best part is the teachers response, and the "+5" I saw. lol

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lol. "Me too"


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EDIT - Misunderstood the chart. Muon are also known as u-mesons for osme strange reason if wikipedia is to be believed. Its been a long time since I've had to think about subatomic particles.


Wikipedia says:
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For historical reasons, muons are sometimes referred to as mu mesons, even though they are not classified as mesons by modern particle physicists


What? How do the exam board expect young people to get into the country's dwindling field of physics if they still base their questions on stupid mistakes that 'by tradition', are used anyway?

Well, muons didn't appear in my finals anyway, It was Kaons, so what do I care? :P

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Things done by tradition are actually rather common. Like conventional current, for example...

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Which is rather stupid, considering it is WRONG!


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Which leads us back to tradition, which is stupid!

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Considering the likelihood that what we currently call "correct" will be "wrong" in another 5 years, it doesn't seem like a major issue.

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All the physics teachers at my university were form the former Soviet Bloc. They suck at teaching too.

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All the physics teachers at my university were form the former Soviet Bloc. They suck at teaching too.


The muon is a meson because STALIN SAYS IT IS.

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In Soviet Russia, meson anti-quarks you!

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@Droid.
Wrong, yes, but equivalent. Conventional current is positive, so it is equivalent to a negative current in the opposite direction. A roundabout way of thinking of it, but simpler than rewriting everything ever written on electronics.
I just used is as an example that people shouldn't be surprised at these "traditional" things in exams.

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