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10 pieces of advice for next year APC waseniors

1.) Don't catch senioritis too early 2.) Don't wait til last minute to do your blogs 3.) Watch the videos on Aplusphysics.com 4.) The book is your friend 5.) Try on the four minute drills 6.) Look at notes from AP-B 7.) Find a friend who knows what they're doing or 8.) Teach your friends what to do 9.) Stay ahead on independent units 10.) Don't freak out and have fun

MrMuffinMan

MrMuffinMan

 

An interesting use for Faraday Cage

Faraday Cages are used to cancel out electric fields and block most forms of electromagnetic radiation. And people in today's world have used this in some creative ways. Some people put their phones in these cages so that they can't receive any calls or texts. But I was reading and this article said that a shop lifter had be caught with a bag lined with aluminum foil. This created the bag a Faraday cage so that when the person put the item they were stealing in the bag, the bag blocked most of t

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MrMuffinMan

 

Work

So this summer I will be working for a company called Lumetrics which is an engineering company that develops ways to measure very thing object without ever touching said object. They do this by using light and reflection of light. This technology is currently limited to transparent and translucent material but it's still really cool. By shinning a light into an object, some of the light bounces back at the first edge, some passes through. The light that continues through hits the back edge and

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MrMuffinMan

 

The Riddle of the Pirate

The greatly feared captain of the pirates "Schalkimnack" was not only famous for his cruelty but also for baffling his prisoners with difficult brain twisters. This is one of his favourite riddles: Schalkimnack took a gold coin an throw it overboard into the sea. He asked: "Did the sea level ... a) rise, sink or c) stay like before?" If one of the prisoners could solve the riddle, he was set free, but in case of giving the wrong answer, he was thrown to the sharks. Legend relates that un

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MrMuffinMan

 

Atomic Clocks

Atomic clocks are the most accurate clocks we have and without them, everyone's time could be a little off which would mean GPS navigation would be impossible and other things that rely on exact timing, like space flight wouldn't work. Most atomic clocks are made of cesium and measure the frequency of oscillation. Cesium atoms are given energy in the form of heat and this causes the atoms to change energy states and start oscillating at their principal resonance which is a know value. Measuring

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MrMuffinMan

 

Solar Sails

Currently the only way for us to get around in space is to use rocket fuel and chemical reactions to push the rocket around. This is very expensive and current rockets are 95% fuel by weight. However NASA is developing an alternative that uses the the sun to push the rocket around. These solar sails are made with large ultra-thin mirrors that use the light of the sun to push the sail around. These sails have to be reflective because when the light hits the said it has to be reflected. This they

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MrMuffinMan

 

End of Year Reflection

This year has gone fast. It seemed like only yesterday that summer ended and we started our senior year. This senior year has been the best year by far and now that it's almost over it's hard to realize that we're almost done. Physics this year has been a great experience. The independent units were probably my favorite units because I could do everything at my pace which was great until my pace was too slow and I found myself cramming to get everything done the last week. They have been an eye

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MrMuffinMan

 

How real rockets work

Real rockets work just the same as the model bottle rockets that we made for arts fest. Rocket engines instead of using water expel gases and the pressure that is used to expel these gases come from the burning of fuel.When the fuel is burn, the energy released increases the temperature of the gases that created when this fuel is spent. These super heated gases want to expand which causes the pressure to increase. As the pressure increases, the gases are pushed out the back end of the engine whi

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MrMuffinMan

 

How bottle rockets work

A bottle rocket works because of Newton's third law of motion. As more air is pumped into the "tank" the pressure increases so that when the restraint holding the rocket in place is removed, the pressurized air forces the water out of the bottle. Newton's third law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This means that water exerts an upward force on the bottle itself. This is what sends it into the air. A nose cone works by cutting through the air instead of the b

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MrMuffinMan

 

Big Bang Board

So I was watching an episode of the Big Bang theory and in the background of the scene i was watching was a physics equation. It said F=dP/dt which is an equation that i have never seen to before and I wondered if it was true. On the board it went on to expand the equation to F=d(mv)/dt=m*dV/dt and since dV/dt=a F=ma which is the Newton's law that we all love and know. I just thought that this was an interesting and new way to look at a very well know equation

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MrMuffinMan

 

End of the 3rd Quarter

March has always been the worst month of the school year and this was no exception. A combination of harder classes, more homework, sports and the increasing effectiveness of seniorities turned the last week of the 3rd quarter into a cram session of trying to get everything done. Seeing how I am doing these blogs, it's clear how far behind I was and still am. This has been a rude awakening as to how much stress procrastination causes and I hope that I will be able to put off seniorities until af

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MrMuffinMan

 

Unstoppable vs Immovable

In a very recent movie, a certain character purple suited character said the line "this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. While in the context of the movie, there was no unstoppable force or immovable object shown, what would happen in these two things really happened. But that the just the thing because all the fundamental forces are unstoppable and there is no such thing as a immovable object according to relativity. But what would a collision between an obje

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MrMuffinMan

 

Recap of Independ Unit

This was our second Independent Unit in a row and although I like the independent units a lot, I don't think have two back to back was a good idea. I know personally for me I just didn't have the motivation to get the work done and I found myself wasting whole periods. This left me with a lot of work to do last minute(hence the blogs at 11 at night). Also i feel like I don't really understand this unit as much as I do the other units, which is another result of my slacking. But we'll see how the

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MrMuffinMan

 

Magnetism Equation Dump

F=q(v x R=(mv)/(qB) for a point charge in a magnetic field v=E/B (speed at which an object must be traveling not to feel a net force in a magnetic and electric field) T(torque)=NIA x B F=I(L x B=(uo)q/(4Pi)*(v x r^)/r2 B=u0nI(for solenoids) B=u0*2I/(4Pi*R) (Due to single straight wire) B=u0*NI/(2Pi*R) (between the inner and outer radius of a toroid) Integral over closed surface of (B dA)=0 Integral over closed curve of (B dl)=u0Ip r^=r/|r| Good luck to everyone tomorrow

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MrMuffinMan

 

How Illusions work

Anyone who was in class would of heard the great debate about a certain picture that seemed to be rotating different ways. But how can two people see different things while looking at the same picture. Optical Illusions are usually 2-D things that are pretending to be 3-D and since we see life in 3-D so our brain takes the 2-D image we're seeing and makes it into 3-D the reason why people saw the girl spinning in both directions is because she is spinning both ways, only at different times. But

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MrMuffinMan

 

The Physics of Tetris

Released in 1984 Tetris has been confounding physicists as to how the blocks move in the way they do. Now almost 30 years later, the secrets of tetris have final revealed. The blocks are moved using a combination of magnetism and electricity to move the block sideways and down. Unseen to the player each block has a slight positive charge and at the bottom of the screen there is eletric plate that is negatively charged. This causes the block to accelerate downward but it is only on for a fe

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MrMuffinMan

 

Physics of Red Remover(the Game)

Red Remover is a puzzle game which relies heavy on the laws of physics and breaks almost all of them at the same time. Red Remover is a game where you have to remove all the red blocks by click on certain blocks and making them disappear. This is the and most fundamental law of physics that this game breaks because matter and energy can never be destroyed and even if by clicking on the block caused them to turn into energy, there would be so much energy that it would blow all the near by blocks

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MrMuffinMan

 

Another Mind Trick

This again come from MindCipher.com. A person is holding on to a helium balloon in an elevator. The elevator cable snaps, and at the exact same moment, the person lets go of the helium balloon. In the perspective of the person in the elevator, what happens to the balloon the moment the cable snaps?

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MrMuffinMan

 

Mind Trick

As Dave said in his post, our computers class has been looking at this website called MindCipher.com. On this website there is a picture that asks, is she rotating left or right. I want to see what everyone thinks because our class is in disagreement in about this http://www.mindcipher.com/puzzles/25

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MrMuffinMan

 

Physics of Tennis

The sport of tennis is the oldest and most love sport in the world. People have been playing tennis ever since the Acient Greeks took a stone and started hitting it back and forth over a fallen tree with branchs. Granted back then the sport was much more dangerous; many an acient greek lost an eye or a limb due to getting hit with the sharp rock that they played with, but even today the physics that govern the game today with the tennis balls with fuzz that sticks to your socks remain the same.

MrMuffinMan

MrMuffinMan

 

The Physics of Tetris

Released in 1984 Tetris has been confounding physicists as to how the blocks move in the way they do. Now almost 30 years later, the secrets of tetris have final revealed. The blocks are moved using a combination of magnetism and electricity to move the block sideways and down. Unseen to the player each block has a slight positive charge and at the bottom of the screen there is eletric plate that is negatively charged. This causes the block to accelerate downward but it is only on for a few mill

MrMuffinMan

MrMuffinMan

 

Pink light?

The color that we see depends on the frequency of the light. Red Orange Yellow Green and Blue are the colors of light that we can see, so where does pink fit in? To find out, watch this video. How about that minus green flamingo

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MrMuffinMan

 

E=mc2?

We all remember E=mc2which we have heard about ever since we started science and learned about last year. But we didn't learn that that's only part of the equation. The whole equation is E2=(mc2)2+(pc)2 where P is momentum. If an object is stationary, it has no momentum and therefore we're back to E=mc2. Also if an object has no mass(aka light) then E=pc. So the smaller something is mass-wise, then the more like light it acts. Like an electron for example has such a tiny mass it almost acts like

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MrMuffinMan

 

Plasma Physics

Plasma by definition is a highly ionized gas that usually occurs at high temperatures that conducts electricity and is affected by a magnetic field. But did know that plasma is the most common state of matter(if you don't count dark matter which hasn't been proven yet) Plasma is what makes up suns as well as lightning bolts and some regions of the earth's upper atmosphere. A plasma is composed of positive charged ion and free electrons but they're separate despite the attraction for each other.

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MrMuffinMan

 

Gravity

This post is all about gravity. All the review made it clear that I needed to work on Gravity. G-6.67*10-11 Nm2/kg2 Fg=-GMm/r2 Ug=-GMm/r (the negative means that gravitational potential is 0 at infinite distance) both of those are given on table g(or gravitational field)=GM/r2 so acceleration of an object in orbit is GMe(6*1024)/(6.3*106+r)2 velocity of an object in UCM since Fc=Fg mv2/r=GMm/r2 v2=GM/r v=(GM/r)1/2 Total energy of an object in orbit E=KE+Ug=.5m

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