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We’ve moved! (to www.EEPClub.com)

Actually, we moved a while ago. Here’s where you should go for current (as of March 2013) EEP Club information: http://www.eepclub.com/

In an unusually peaceful transition of power, the Yeh-Bhandari administration took the reins of the EEP Club at the 2011 Transition Meeting on July 18th. The minutes of this meeting may be found under the “Minutes” tab (or at this link). The roster of the newly-appointed board for 2011-2012 can be found under the “Officers” tab. The Sanchez-Wang administration wishes the new administration all the best. We’d also like to acknowledge those people for whom a “thank you” would be woefully inadequate. Thanks to them for bearing the brunt of the work of the EEP Club this past year! We can’t list everything they’ve done for the club, but we’ll list some of their most outstanding contributions.

• Cristiana: Thanks for keeping the board in line! I think we had one of the most organized administrations ever–thanks!
• Vincent: Thank you for not losing money!
• Jakki, Catrina, Yulan: Events!! They were awesome!
• Tiffany: Best yearbook. ‘Nuff said.
• Chris: Thanks for the footage!
• Grant: Major thank-you for washing those dishes. Some EEPsters should be ashamed of themselves.
• Giulio: Thanks for helping move the Lounge and keep things orderly after the migration!
• Rowan: Thanks for keeping stuff working in the computer lab!
• Lawrence: Brought back the newsletters!
• Stevens: Do we still owe you money?
• Dr. Elkins: Thanks for signing off on our profligacy!
• Dr. Maddox: Thank you for (and from) EEP!
• Nancy, Isabel: Thank you for all the help with mailing things, making reservations, and booking meeting rooms!
• Angela: Thanks for ensuring the tutors got paid on time!
• Lea: Thanks for planning Grad Nite, and for letting us pick your brains for advice on EEP Club affairs!
• Ajay: Thanks for planning the Basketball Tournament, and for fronting the money for event food!
• Michael: Thanks for planning the Mixer(s)!
• Susanna: Thanks for communicating with the freshman cohort so well!
• Sam R.: Thanks for showing up to our meetings!
• Adrian: Thank you for making the election somewhat exciting!

Thank you, and good night–

David T. Wang

Elections 2011 update!

Here are the results of the EEP Club Elections!

 Candidate Votes Jakki/Ajay 34 Adrian/Jakki 11 Couch/Clipboard 2 Mother Teresa/Hitler 2 Sanmit/Hitler 1 TOTAL 50

Jaquelyn Yeh and Ajay Bhandari have been elected President and Vice President, respectively, of EEP Club for 2011-2012!

 Constitution Revision Votes Yes 44 No 1 Apathetic 5 TOTAL 50

The revised Constitution has been ratified, and is effective immediately. The LaTeX source is included below for your reference.

 Voting Participation by Class # voted % of total votes cast % of class participating Freshmen 16 32% 65% Sophomores 13 26% 65% Juniors 9 18% 60% Elders 12 24% 25.5%

Yearbook DVD Poll – Johnson vs. Johnson

If you’ve watched the Yearbook DVD, vote for the best Johnson & Johnson commercial!

Rockets Season Update 1

Hello again to the second article concerning the NBA’s Houston Rockets!  The NBA season is more than a third of the way through, and there have been some interesting developments with the Rockets thus far.  The last article dealt with the Rockets’ preseason and made some predictions about this season, about what they would or wouldn’t accomplish without center Yao Ming, out with injury, or defensive specialist Ron Artest, who chose to sign with the Lakers over the summer.  Tracy McGrady has rejoined and departed the team once more without making any significant impact, and yet the Rockets are still holding on to a winning record of 21-16, 3rd in the Southwest division overall.

The Rockets have shown that they are contenders this season by beating multiple playoff-bound teams such as the Lakers, Mavericks, and Cavaliers.  They are still working out a couple of kinks in their lineup, but they are getting to the point where it should be pretty stable.  As they do not have a go-to guy in tough situations, they have to consistently spread the floor and use that movement to get a teammate an open look at the basket.  If they become lazy on offense and start settling for jumpers, they will become easy pickings for most teams.  So far, they haven’t had many offensive breakdown moments and they want to keep it that way.

The Rockets have had emerging players who are most definitely going to be All-Star material in a few years, if not now.  Aaron Brooks is having a breakout season, leading his team in points (18.4 ppg) and assists (4.9 apg).  Carl Landry is proving to be a force off the bench and leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year with 16.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg.  He is often their go-to scorer in the post, as seen below.

One player who should adjust his game, however, is Trevor Ariza, who signed with the Rockets over the summer.  He is still trying to fit into a larger offensive role, as he was purely a supporting role-player last season with the Lakers.  He has been encouraged to take shots by his coach to test his limits, but he has struggled to get the ball in the basket as of late, settling for long jumpers instead of attacking the hoop and trying to draw contact, so he should try to rein himself in a bit.  His free-throw shooting has also been terrible of late, not what you would expect from a SG/SF.

Here is a small analysis on the Rockets starting lineup and their key reserves.

PPG = points per game, RPG = rebounds per game, APG = assists per game, SPG = steals per game, BPG = blocks per game.

Starters (1-5 Positions: 1 = PG, 2 = SG, 3 = SF, 4 = PF, 5 = C):

1. Aaron Brooks #0 (PG) – Brooks has been outstanding so far this season, rising to the challenge of carrying the Rockets’ offensive load and being the floor general at the same time.  His stats, including shot-percentage, have all improved with the increased playing time.  Stats: 18.4 ppg, 4.9 apg.

2. Trevor Ariza #1 (SG) – Ariza, as mentioned before, is still working out his role on the offensive end, but has been a solid defender.  He thrives on steals and fast break points.  Stats: 15.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 spg.

3. Shane Battier #31 (SF) – Battier is the team co-captain, providing a veteran presence to the younger players.  He is one of the best defenders in the NBA and a decent 3-pt shooter as well.  Stats: 8.1 ppg, 1.0 bpg.

4. Luis Scola #4 (PF) – Scola has proven that he can handle playing in the post just fine without Yao to help him.  He can match up with most big men, he rebounds well, and he can help spread the floor with an accurate mid-range shot.  Stats: 14.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg.

5. Chuck Hayes #44 (PF/C) – Hayes is the team co-captain, sharing the job with Shane Battier.  He is a force on the defensive end despite only being 6’6″, combining good rebounding and defense against his taller opponents.  A promising offensive start to the season has regressed back to its previous form.  Stats: 4.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg.

Reserves:

6. Carl Landry #14 (PF) – Landry has finally blossomed into the consistent All-Star level player that he showed us he could be in last years Playoffs.  He is proving to be a force off the bench and an efficient scorer, despite his increased minutes.  Shoo-in for Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year.  Stats: 16.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg.

7. Kyle Lowry #7 (PG) – Lowry is a good back-up for Brooks, providing efficient scoring, great defense, good rebounding and assists all in a 6′ frame.  He is also adept at attacking the basket and drawing contact.  Stats: 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.7 apg.

8. David Andersen #13 (C) – Andersen is gradually becoming adjusted to playing in the NBA, and he is a good reserve to Chuck Hayes.  He can shoot from 3-pt territory, helping to spread the floor, but he has the ‘Rookie Big Man Problem’ with the refs, where he either plays no defense or he plays defense and gets whistled for a foul almost automatically.  Stats: 6.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg.

9. Chase Budinger #10 (SG/SF) – Budinger has been a very promising rookie this season, showing explosive scoring at the rim and at long range and providing a big lift off the bench.  He recently came back after missing 7 games with a sprained ankle, however, and is still shaking off the rust.  Stats: 8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg.

(The two rookies, Andersen and Budinger, below.)

I’m not really going to mention the other bench players (rookie Jermaine Taylor #8 (SG/PG), Brian Cook #43 (PF)) as they don’t get much playing time.  The Tracy McGrady #3 (SG/SF) debacle is worth mentioning, with the former All-Star coming back for 7-8 minutes a game for a while.  But when he wanted more playing time he came into disagreement with Coach Rick Adelman and GM Daryl Morey, who did not want to increase his minutes.  This resulted in Tracy leaving the team with the best wishes of Adelman and Morey, and he will likely be traded soon or they will just let his contract expire.

If the NBA Finals were to start today, the Rockets would be the 7th seed in the Western Conference, facing off against the 2nd seeded Dallas Mavericks, a club that they have split the season series with 2-2.  That would make an extremely entertaining and engaging matchup that the Rockets could most definitely win.  My initial prediction for the Rockets was a 40-42 season, but based on the results so far, this is one case where I hope I am proven wrong.

-The L4W

Here’s a sweet video of Budinger in action vs. the Knicks on Jan 9.  Enjoy!

Rockets Season Preview

So the NBA Preseason has come and gone, with some interesting results.  The Rockets, who have fallen from championship contender status last season to an 8th place playoff contender with the loss of Yao, McGrady, and Artest, have had a rather nice preseason run at 4W-4L.

What’s intriguing is that the first two teams they beat were the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics, perennial championship contenders.  Unfortunately, that is shadowed by the losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers, who have been lottery-bound teams these past few seasons.  When they’re working together and feeling it, they are the team that beat the Lakers twice without Yao in the Playoffs last year.  When they aren’t…well…this is something they hope to avoid.  This is the preseason, granted, but there have been some rather promising performances from the new roster members,  namely Aussie center David Andersen and rookie Chase Budinger.

Here’s a small analysis on the Rockets’ current starting lineup, and some of their key role-players:

Starters (1-5 Positions: 1 = PG, 2 = SG, 3 = SF, 4 = PF, 5 = C):

1. Aaron Brooks #0 (PG) – He really distinguished himself in the playoffs last season, being an explosive scorer despite his short stature (6′), but he needs to improve his assists over last season (3.0) to become a truly effective point guard.  He will be one of the primary offensive threats, along with Luis Scola.

2. Shane Battier #31 (SF/SG) – One of the best defenders in the NBA, he will be the nucleus of the team, the one that holds it together.  He was absolutely killer from 3-pt range in the preseason (~60%), but he’s a very streaky shooter, sometimes hitting them all, sometimes not at all.

3. Trevor Ariza #1 (SF/SG) – Another excellent defender, he was a great swap for Ron Artest, giving up some offensive power in return for far greater potential, as he is much younger than Artest.  He isn’t used to being a playmaker on the court, however, as he usually deferred to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol while on the Lakers.

4. Luis Scola #4 (PF) – Scola will have to prove that he is capable in the post without Yao there to help him out, but he had consistent numbers last season, with double-doubles almost every other game.  He also led the Argentinian team to 3rd place in the FIBA Tournament and was named Tournament MVP in 2009.  Along with Brooks, he will be their main offensive threat, and perhaps this will be his All-Star year in the NBA.

5. Chuck Hayes #44 (PF) – Hayes has proven himself to be a dogged defender in the post even at just 6’6″, undersized against most other post players.  His tenacity and instincts allow him to defend much taller opponents, but he has to work for it.  His offense is pretty weak, but his stellar defense more than makes up for it.

That was it for the starters, now let’s take a look at the critical components of the bench.

B. Kyle Lowry #7 (PG) – Lowry was a good trade last season, and he brings a boost of energy to the court off the bench.  He is very adept at driving to the basket and drawing the foul, and also quite good at rebounding, despite his position and size (6′).  A good combo with Aaron Brooks, as shown in the preseason.

B. Carl Landry #14 (PF) – Landry had average numbers last season, but in the Playoffs he offered explosive scoring in several games, while being rather quiet in others.  He has shown flashes of talent but needs to improve his consistency.  In the meantime, he is a solid backup to Luis Scola.

B. David Andersen #13 (C) – Australian Andersen is a new acquisition from the Euroleague, and this will be his rookie season in the NBA.  While having the height needed (7′), his game is one of finesse, not muscle, and he will have trouble defending against the bulkier big men (i.e. Shaq, Howard).  However, he can shoot from the 3-pt, has won three Euroleague Championships, and has Olympic experience.  He will probably split time with Hayes at center.

B. Chase Budinger #10 (SF/PF) – Budinger is a rookie, fresh from college basketball, but one of the role-players I think will make a difference on the court this season.  He has shown that he can shoot at will, with some amazing performances in the preseason, scoring double-digits in multiple games.

Overall, these are the key bench players I believe will the the most productive this season.  One I failed to mention was Pops Mensah-Bonsu #21 (PF), who is  from the Toronto Raptors.  He had some great performances during the preseason as well, but time will tell whether he will get quality minutes in the PF spot, with three other proven PFs on the team.  Other bench players include rookie Jermaine Taylor #8 (SG/PG), Joey Dorsey #15 (PF), and Brian Cook #43 (PF).  Taylor is unproven but potentially explosive, Dorsey should improve his game in the D-League, and Cook is, to put it bluntly, a benchwarmer and waste of salary cap-space.

That about wraps up my preview of the Houston Rockets  for the 09/10 NBA Season.  I predict their record will be 40-42, and that they will compete for the 8th-seed in the Western Conference Playoffs with several other teams.  But with McGrady potentially returning in a month or two, perhaps things will change.  We can only hope for the best.

Go Rockets!!

This is the 2009 Rockets Playoff video shown before the 2nd round began with the Lakers.  I really like the reference to ‘300’.  Enjoy!

-The L4W

What is Cloud Computing?

What is cloud computing?

For example, let’s say you email yourself a paper. That, in essence, is what cloud computing is. That paper is no longer confined to your computer, but instead assessable anywhere you have internet access. Convenient? Sure. Revolutionary? Not so much. But if you were to extend clound computer to beyond that one document,  the practice of cloud computing can drastically change the way you view the way you use the computer.

Got Isotherms?

I do! Here’s a primer for y’all on Boyle’s law processes.

We define the work done on a system by an external force as

$dW \equiv \vec F_\text{ext} \cdot d \vec r$

Integrating,

$W = \int \vec F_\text{ext} \cdot d \vec r$

Under isothermal conditions (that is, $dT = 0$), $T$ is constant throughout the process. Then, since $\vec F_\text{ext} = PA (- \hat j)$ and $P = f(V_\text{m}) = \frac{nRT}{V}$ (assuming quasi-static equilibrium), the mechanical work done by an external force on an ideal gas system in an isothermal, reversible process is

$W = \int \limits_{V_i}^{V_f} (\frac{RT}{V}) \, A \, dx \, (- \hat j \cdot \hat j)$

$W = - \int \limits_{V_i}^{V_f} \left( \frac{RT}{V} \right) \, dV$

$W = - RT \, ln\, V \, \bigg|_{V_i}^{V_f}$

$W = - RT \, ln \left( \frac{V_f}{V_i} \right)$

This has been a test of the $\text{L}_\text{A}\text{T}^\text{E}\text{X}$ typesetting system. Thanks for reading.

Eudyptula

Eudyptula