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The Physics of the Batmobile (Frictionless!!!)

As promised, I looked into how fast the Batmobile would go on a frictionless plane instead of the roads of Gotham. To compare the difference, I used everyone's loving friend, Energy. uk= .8 aB= 60 mph in 2.4 seconds (after some conversions....)= 11.17 m/s mB= 4500 lbs (FYI, I was wrong, a tank weighs 135,000 lbs) F-Ff= mBa mBaB- ukmBg= mBa (4500) (11.17) - .8(4500) (9.8)= 4500a a= 10.376 m/s They may not look like a big difference; well, its not in the short distance. x= 1 mile= 160

The Physics of the Utility Belt

Ok, does anyone know how all of Batman's stuff fits into that belt? So to start off with, Batman's belt has quick-release covers that can be locked and unlocked with a swipe of a thumb for easy access. Just a fun fact. And, there is a collapsable grappling hook in the belt buckle. Which brings up an interesting fact. Batman uses a de-cel monofilament jumpline cord for his hand-held grapnel gun. The reason for his choice in rope is because it can hold up to 400 lbs, making it possible for Batm

The Physics of the Batarang

Originally this was going to be about Batman's utlilty belt, but then I had so much fun things to talk about with the batarang I changed my mind. Well, to begin with, the batarangs are NOT a sold piece of hardened steel alloy. It actually folds in half. Another thing to keep in mind, the batarangs are not designed to return to Batman, hence why the design is not very similar to a boomerang. Also, Batman has multiple kinds of batarangs. So when Batman throws one at a rope, he has one for cutti

The Physics of the Batmobile

1,200 horsepower jet turbine. Darn. I wish I spoke car. Is that a lot? So let's start with the basics on the Batmobile. The Batmobile can go up to 266 mph, which even I know is fast. To put it into perspective, its faster than the typical jet airplane. To top it off, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Not bad for a car that probably weighs the equivilancy of a tank. The batmobile can also withstand up to 593.3 C and as low as -145.5 C. Where would it be that hot, the center of a

The Physics of the Batcave

Welcome back Bat-lovers! So for this blog the theme is the batcave. Home of Batman. Do I really need to say more? What makes the Batcave one of the coolest hideouts in comic book history is because of the equipment and the details. The centerpiece (though it is not actually in the center) is the Batcomputer, a data storehouse and advanced analyzer incorporating multiple hardwired supercomputers. And, time to break the myth, but the Batcomputer is connected to the CIA's networks, allowing Batma

The Physics of Batman

"I'm Batman." ~Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory I, like Sheldon, am a comic book geek. One of my favorite characters in comics is the Batman and the Bat family. So I decided to explain the physics behind Batman in a blog series!!!! Exciting, I know. So for my very first Batpost (hehehe), I am going to explain why Batman is so awesome. After years of discipline and training, Batman can take in information (and secrets) simultaneously, allowing him to see the bigger picture, which is also why he d

The Physics of Birthday Wishes

"Whats up physicist?" (Penny, Big Bang Theory) So a few weeks ago was my birthday (delayed much?) and I have some really awesome friends who got balloons for me. So nice, right? Well as I am looking at the balloons, I noticed one of them had a limit on it. What this super awesome friend of mine did was write happy th Birthday!! Totally cool huh? Turns out the limit equals my age, which is really cool and NERDY!!!! Thanks Alpha Geek!

The Physics of Cold Feet

First off, before I even begin, I just got to say that it was really stupid of me to wait to do all my blog posts in the last few days. While I have come up with some really good ones, it's just so much at once. Back onto the topic, I am sitting in my living room watching television and my feet are FREEZING. My mom and my sister both have fuzzy socks, slippers, robes, and blankets to keep them warm, and I've got popsicle feet. However, other than my feet, I feel quite comfortable. So now I am go

The Physics of Tetris

Once a month MIT sends me an Admissions newsletter about new things going on at MIT. One of my favorite articles is about how the students turned the outside of a building into a giant tetris videogame. While the students used more engineering than physics, their was still the components of electric circuits needed to create such an awesome hack (which is a prank MIT style). So here's a video of their creation, and all I have to say is that I WANT TO PLAY!!!!:eagerness:

The Physics of Halloween

Halloween has just passed, and as a horror film fanatic, I watched the classic Halloween (the original, of course, with Jamie Lee Curtis). At the end of the movie (WARNING: spoiler alert!), Mike Myers falls out the window after being shot multiple times in the chest. Every time I watch that part, I ask how in the world he could have survived? Well, I am going to use to use ol' faithful energy conservation to prove whether or not Mike Myers could have actually survived. Mike Myers fell out of a

The Physics of Picking a President

So as most of you know the election is just a few days away! YAAYYYYYY!!!!! Just kidding. I for the most part don't pay too much attention to politics, but sometimes I find the topics interesting. I, however, do not find this years election very interesting. Too much bad mouthing and he said he said to ruin each other's reputation and poll numbers. Because for the most part I do not care for either candidate, I have decided to use physics to create an equation to help people like me choose a pre

Truss Design Research

Hello Fellow Nerds! If anyone reads these blogs (why one would, I don't know), then they would know that I am doing an independent study on STATICS!!! Ooooh, excitement! Actually, I do find it quite interesting, and since I just finished the first part of the independent study, I am moving on to the research part, which I am SUPER excited for. I will be researching different designs commonly used for trusses/ bridges, learning why engineers use that specific shape in different scenarios. Those w

The Physics of Eating Too Much Candy...

Hope everyone had fun on Halloween! I sure did. But after handing out about 12 bags of candy and eating some in the process, I began to wonder what is the physics behind eating too much candy. Obviously there is the dreaded "tummy ache", but thats biology, I want to know the physics! So this is how it works: When you consume sugar your body creates energy, lots of it. After eating so much candy after a while, you've got a lot of potential energy just dying to become kinetic energy. When the pot

Truss Challenge

So as some of you know I am working on a independent study in statics. Well recently I was creating a problem packet for the Principles of Engineering class and one of the problems was NOT FRIENDLY. At first it's all like, oh yeah, this is simple, but as you go deeper into the mathematics of it, it gets messier and eviler (that is now a word). I did eventually get the answer thanks to my knowledge of physics, vectors and sign notation, which really was where the problem was. So now I change all

Ah the joys of being sick... (Part 2)

So if people are actually reading these you probably already know that I am currently sick and wide awake thanks to the wearing off of "nighttime" robitussium... which frankly I am not sure how to spell. So I thought I would do ANOTHER BLOG POST!!! :worked_till_5am: Hey, Ive got so much physics in my life (voluntarily) I'm up to my ears in it, so Ive got a lot to say. Which is why I like these posts. Instead of confusing my mom with what she calls the science of the ABC's (no joke, I told her I

Ah the joys of being sick... (Part 1)

Hey fellow physics peoples, obviously if you looked at the time I posted this I cant sleep. After sleeping for 12 hours saturday and with the robitussium "nighttime" nasal relief worn off, I am wide awake while the rest of the world (at least in this hemisphere) is asleep. Trying to find a way to amuse myself at 5:00 in the morning, I thought this would be the perfect time to do a physics blog post. YAY!!!!! So thanks to my cold my brain hasnt been fuctioning all that well, making it really har

First Blog...

Hey fellow physics people, this is my first blog!!!! So I am taking this independent study on statics (nonmoving objects such as buildings and bridges) and my first project is a poster on the truss unit for the Principles of Engineering class. I gotta say, physics B is definitely playing a part in this project like the ups= downs idea for equilibrium. But when I was planning the poster I couldnt remember the most simple things, like finding the moment first in order to find the torque on the

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