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Quarter 4 and The End of Senior Year

Guys, we have just finished the hardest classes in the school. I think I speak for all of us that senior year was quite stressful, but a great relief as well. We gained knowledge that far surpassed any other year. With Physics and Calculus placed 2nd and 3rd period conveniently, I think we all became morning people! To be honest, I never expected leaving to really effect me the way that it is currently. I am truly going to miss all of my high school friends. We have all toughed out our years, pu

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Tips for Students Entering Next Year

1. Keep up with the blog posts!!! DO NOT PROCRASTINATE LIKE I DID, IT IS NOT VERY FUN TO DO. The blog posts are not a large amount of work, and they are a massive grade booster for the class. 2. Read the Textbook!!! The few times I took a look at Tipler, I gained valuable, relevant information on the current topic in class. It is by far the most useful tool Mr. Fullerton will give you when you miss a day. When I was out sick for 3 days, the textbook taught me the entirety of Gauss's law, whic

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Kerbal Space Program Continued

Now that I finally understand how to control the Kerbins, it's just about time to stop! I am always excited to got to phyics now so that I can take my crack at doing a new mission at Kerbal Space Program. Our missions have gotten increasingly competitive lately, since recently charlie and I were able to orbit Duna, and another group was actually able to land, dock, and return home from Duna! I am amazed by the scope of this program, as there seems to be a new twist, turn, and addition to the pl

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RIT Physics Program

I am excited to start my college physics programs next year. Since I have collected so many credits (Thank you Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Powlin!), I will not need to take the first two courses of Physics at RIT. Therefore, I will be taking a physics exploration class the first year. This will allow me to look at all different kinds of physics, even units we never covered in high school. I am very enthusiastic about the quantum level of physics, and I enjoyed the modern unit in B, so I think i will b

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Physics of Volleyball

Volleyball is an interesting sport. It's very fun to play with friends with no serious competition, but once it's played for real, it is a difficult sport to master. You'd think it would be physically impossible to hit a sphere with two cylinders. Our studies of momentum have indicated that the collision would bounce off at irregular angles. Since it is easy to make passing unpredictable, I do my best to flatten my wrists by rotating them. Creating a flat platform, I am able to successfully pass

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Kerbal Space Program

Allow me to give my first impressions on Kerbal Space Program. It seems pretty confusing as a software, just because it is unfamiliar. After my first flight had an interesting crash straight into the ground, I am very impressed by the physics engine. Taking the fact that we are flying 3-foot tall Kerbins into planets that are pretty colors into consideration, the Physics engine and cost system makes the game surprisingly realistic. I am excited to work with my team, Charlie and Devon, on winning

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Physics of Guitar playing

I am constantly stunned when I listen to a new guitarist make sweet music, and yet I am also always amazed by the music that bands such as Led Zeppelin made previously. So how do all of these bands make sound that is pleasing to our ears? Well, physics takes its part in melody making! Although we didn't cover it this year, sound waves were one of my favorite unit of physics (probably because I got to bring my guitar in last year to demonstrate harmonics). Guitars can be tuned so that there is a

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Physics on Youtube

For those of you who don't know, there are many cool physics channels on YouTube for those of you who want to explore subjects outside class curriculum​. My favorite is Minutephys​ics, which covers small snippets of informatio​n at a time.  

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The AP Exams

As late as it might be, I'd just like to take a bit to reflect on the ap exams. We worked our butts off to try and achieve the highest possible. I bough review books, took old practice exams, and worked out all part 2 problems from recent years. Needless to say, i was completely prepared by may to take that test. And yet, I still walked into that exam and came out a little uneasy. The mechanics exam was relatively straightfo​rward, with just one part two that gave me grief. However, mr. Fullerto

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Quarter 3

This quarter was a roller coaster. With my grade in the tank at the beginning after one bad test, I have been climbing very slowly ever since. I enjoy the fact that we are actually having more independent units this quarter. The very first one was very effective, and although we took for granted the class time in these units, our grades showed significant prowess from these tests. I am both excited to buckle down and commence prep for the exams soon, but I am afraid of this new induction unit! I

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Standard Deviation

While we use percent error to dictate how far we off in class, there are far more efficient ways of defining the error of the set. Standard deviation, for example, given a value, will give rise to numbers that fall within one S.D., two S.D. and so on. "One can find the standard deviation of an entire population in cases (such as standardized testing) where every member of a population is sampled. In cases where that cannot be done, the standard deviation σ is estimated by examining a random s

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Theoretical Physics VS Experimental Physics!!!!

Theoretical physicists develop "mathematical models that both agree with existing experiments and successfully predict future results", while experimentalists devise and perform experiments to test theoretical predictions and explore new phenomena. Although theory and experiment are developed separately, they are strongly dependent upon each other. Progress in physics frequently comes about when experimentalists make a discovery that existing theories cannot explain, or when new theories genera

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3 Things you should have down cold for the AP

1.) Gauss's Law/Ampere's Law - the AP writers love to give problems that ask to find the electric field or the magnetic field about an enclosed current or charge. Knowing how to use these equations will pick you up valueable points in the free response. 2.)Right Hand Rules- if you cannot use the right hand rules correctly, you might as well throw away a couple questions on the test and hurt your chances at a 5 on the AP test. 3.) Kinematics equations with angular translation- I can't even

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Danger*****induction incoming ***** danger

Brace yourselves, pull up your britches, and put your thinking caps on, ladies and gentlemen, because here comes Induction! Last year, induction was one of the most difficult concepts to grasp. And as a result, we suffered a significant loss in points on our tests! Thankfully, this unit will not be independent like the last one, because I fear that with the addition of the tweaks and calculus incorporation, I am anticipating that I will need a copious amount of time spent staring at equations un

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How physics has changed my life

From a very young age, my dream was to become a scientist. I didn't know that I wanted to discover the god particle or find a cure for cancer or synthesize a new element. I had no idea how broad the term "scientist" was and how many denominations it had, either. The only thing I knew is that it would be pretty awesome to be the guy who mixed two chemicals in a beaker and watch it explode, just like in the cartoons. As soon as school became more serious than learning how to write, I already p

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The Perfect Fifth

For those of you who don't have any musical knowledge, the perfect fifth is the best sounding sound interval to the common ear. It is the key ingredient in structuring chords based around the root. With a 3:2 ratio, it creates a nice and pleasing sound to the ear. The most common example of a perfect fifth is a C to a G. Kepler himself, founder of the planetary laws, researched the beat frequencies of the error bound for an imperfect fifth tuning. Just a slight slip-up in tuning can create an un

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Bring us the Integrals!

I remember the first time we saw the integral was in physics C. It was extremely intimidating because we struggled to make sense of the differential equations, let alone evaluating the integral itself. The very first problem we got, we were spoon-fed the fact that the integral of (du/u) was equal to ln(u)+C, and that made absolutely no sense to me. Now, into the third quarter and after attending the calculus school of hard knocks both 2nd and 3rd period every day, i think its is safe to say that

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Why don't jet packs exist?

With all of the renowned technological advances made within the last few decades, many people have sought to create a jet pack for commercialized use. However, although prototypes have been seen, it has been met with relative failure. This is due to the materials required to reduce the weight. Gravity creates an acceleration downward, while the thrust of the jet pack would attempt to create a net force upwards large enough to counteract this force. Unfortunatley, the heavy mass of the person pre

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A Really Great Study Tool!

I know all of us have a habit of just getting by in physics, especially on Wednesdays I mean, I'm not going to lie and say I dedicate the full time during these independent units, and sometimes it is honestly difficult to grasp the concept using strictly the materials given. One website that Mr. Fullerton gave us towards the beginning of the year that really helps me get quick and concise information. HyperPhysics allows you to search for specific topic and gives you the facts and diagrams you

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Furniture Moving

The other day, my dad and I were moving a couch for my uncle. For arbitration, let's say the couch weighs 100 N. Because my dad stands 6 cm (.06 m) inches taller than me, it can be assumed that the couch will be offset as well. If the couch is about 4 meters, the angle is about arcsin(.06/4) = .015 degrees from the normal or 89.985 degrees from the x axis. Therefore, if each us lifted an equal amount, we would lift the couch with 50 N each. However, we would be generating a torque equal to the F

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Equation Dump Cheat Sheet

It has come to my memory that equation dumps are a staple to our physics careers. So, as taken from an old sheet from last year, I figured I might as well start memorizing early! The better recall now the better recall later! (Please excuse the really poor table making) [TABLE="width: 749, align: center"] [TR] [TD][TABLE="width: 748"] [TR] [TD="width: 226"] [/TD] [TD="width: 290"]x = x 0 + v 0 t + 1/2at2[/TD] [TD="width: 185"]Vƒ = Vo + at[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]f max = μ

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Semester Reflection

Wow has this semester flown by! We breezed through the mechanics course, almost with time to spare, it seems! I believe we have a powerful class of students who like to compete for grades, and in the process push themselves and others around them. As I expected in the beginning, I love the independent units and actually found success on the tests that we took following them. I loved the refresher courses on Mechanics as well as the new material that we have learned more toward the second half. T

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Mario, the Physics Teacher?!

Super Mario Bros defies many different forms of physics. Assuming his round belly carries some weight, I would be nice to give him a weight around 200 pounds. Since he can jump over 5 times his body weight, his legs would need to lift at least a tonne to come close to the approximate strength to perform such a feat. In addition, kicking the koopa shells would create an equal and opposite force back onto his feet. He would not be that agile if he were wearing steel-toed boots, so it should hurt a

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Physics jokes to ease the pain of this upcoming midterm!

In the early 1900's, name foreigners came to america, and they had bad english skills, espeicaly with tense and past tense. So, one day, a german who just entered the country lost track of the time, as he needed to catch a train , so he asked a physicists "What is time". The physics replied "You will have to ask a philosopher that question, I'm only a scientist". Your mother is so fat, men are actually attrracted to her, according to General Relativity Many people espouse the works of Rene

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