Jeremy Côté

Bits, ink, particles, and words.

Essays and Explanations

This year was a good one for me. I was able to write two posts a week on a consistent basis. The length of each piece varied, but I showed up, week after week. For that, I’m happy.

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Holding Everything In Your Head

I’m always on the lookout for what makes a great explanation tick. If I don’t know anything about a topic, what’s the best way for me to accelerate the process of learning? Conversely, what are the signs I should be watching for that indicate I won’t get anything out of the material?

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What's the Story?

Imagine you’re trying to learn quantum field theory, and you just got to a tricky part: deriving the LSZ reduction formula (don’t worry, you don’t have to know what this is!). The calculation and algebra are a little messy, particularly if you’re working with the fermionic case. When going through the derivation, it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees.

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Active and Passive Notes

I never use my notes from class.

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