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This is Mary's best attempt at understanding how Physics affects the world.

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The Physics of Frozen

Nearing the end of the year 2013, a new Disney movie came out, sending society into fanatic obsession. This movie was of course, Frozen. Frozen tells the story of Queen Elsa and her struggle to contain her gift. The majority of the movie is her sister, Ana and her entourage tracking down Elsa to try to help her. Well trolls, evil fiances, and talking snowmen later, the world is completely addicted. I still am, quite frankly. While I watched this movie a hundred times, I wasn't just belting alo

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Mary_E27

 

Singer Contemplates Sound Waves

I have been singing since I was a little girl (not necessarily well) and I love being in Chorale as well as participating in the school musical every year. Earlier this month, we started learning about sound waves. We learned how sound waves, especially standing waves, are why instruments work. While we talked about a variety of different instruments ranging from strings to brass, we never discusses how sound waves are made because of human vocal cords. I'm writing this to document my thoughts

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Mary_E27

 

How to Let Someone Down Using Physics

In my physics class, there is a student who believes that I am her biggest fan. She seems to only understand her false perception when I use physics terms, so it inspired me to create a list of things to say to someone you're not interested in in physics terms. Who knows? Maybe you'll end up being the one hot physics person in the future and you need to fight off all the nerds...and they only speak physics. Well here are some tips so survive such instances. Forget displacement, we need pure dist

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Physics Can Help Me Complain

Since I can remember, I have always loved music. I have been in chorus since 4th grade, have participated in the school musical since 7th, and have done many other things regarding music. Anyway, when I got to high school, I was so excited to have a chorus that actually wants to be there and tries to sing. The first thing i noticed was how weird the room was. In the past, I was in rooms with good acoustics, steps, and something that made sense. This looked like a regular classroom, except with a

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Mary_E27

 

Sonar without Submarines

In physics, we recently learned about how naval ships use sonar to detect submarines under the surface. We also learned how in order to detect the ship sends out multiple loud beeps to reflect off of surfaces. The time it takes for the sound to come back can help figure out how far something is from the ship. We even worked on a work sheet and used physics equations to solve sonar problems. Overall, I think sonar is very fascinating, but I've never been good at battleship, so i though

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Contemplating Work

As we are to begin a new unit in Physics as we return from Christmas break, we were assigned a video called Work. Just hearing it made me wonder if it has something to do with what parents and most students call work. I was incorrect with my assumption when I watched the video. As it turns out, when you do work on something, you are moving it. In order to calculate work, you must use the equation W=Fd, where W is work, F is the force applied, and d is the displacement of the objects. But as the

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Childhood Physics

When I was a child, I never thought of physics. I knew that it existed because I had babysitters in high school, but I never thought anything of it. I simply stayed in my own world, not letting science into my head, because there was no room for it. As I look back now, physics didn't exist to me. Of course it actually did exist, obviously, but not to me. I would jump off a swing at the playground, I would throw a ball to a friend, I would kick a soccer ball to a teammate, I would ride on the

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The Physics of Shrek 3

In pursuit of my child side, I continued my movie marathon with Shrek the Third. This is a terrible attempt at a third movie, though it's not as bad as the fourth, where Rumpelstiltskin (Rumpypigskin as Charming calls him) gains enough power to take over Far Far Away and turn back time, where Shrek never saved Fiona from the tower. It's pretty bad. But not as bad as many other movies. Don't even get me started on Blue Jasmine. As the Shrek movies continue, though, the Physics slowly improve.

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The Physics of Shrek 2

As explained in my previous blog post, I recently watched the first three of the Shrek movies (the last two are abominations) and started observing the strange looking physics of the Movie series. Now I'm on to Shrek 2. Let's begin, shall we? In the very beginning of the movie, Shrek and Fiona are on their honeymoon, enjoying the sun and shaving their faces together. During the beginning song (Accidentally in Love- Chasing Crows), Little Red Riding Hood knocks on the candy house, presumably f

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The Physics of Shrek

Over this past Christmas break, I had a chance to watch every single movie I own, since wifi was down at my house (I survived guys). Some of those movies include The Watch, Night at the Museum, Let's Be Cops, Tammy, and multiple "chick flicks." Although that was great, my movie highlight was watching all of the Shrek movies, except for the last one with Rumpelstiltskin as the villain- He was different than when he was shown in the previous movies (he had to be really, otherwise he wouldn't have

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Physics and Odyssey of the Mind

Before going into Physics, I never really thought about the influence it has over everything. I knew there was a way to connect physics to everything, but I didn't think about it very much. Now that I have to work to apply physics to aspects of my daily life or other things, it has come flying at me how many things I've done that involve physics. One of the biggest aspects of my life has a lot of physics worked into it. Every year since 5th grade, I have done Odyssey of the Mind with almost th

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Physics Helps Create Common Sense

In the beginning of the year, all of the students had to take a preassessment. Sitting down, I was nervous of what I would see once I opened the packet. Although everyone chose random answers so they could get it over with, I wanted to at least look at the questions given. As I flipped through the pages, I saw questions that seemed surprisingly easy, but then I asked myself, "Is this a trick? Am I being punked? Where's Ashton?" I continued looking through the test, and most of the questions wi

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How Physics has Affected my Movie Watching Habits

I am the type of person who, as soon as i start learning something, I apply those things to things I do. Unfortunately, one of those things is Physics. Over the summer, I went with my family to see Guardians of the Galaxy. I absolutely loved it. It was hilarious, clever, had great music, and the special effects were out of this world (literally). Also, watching Star Wars Episode IV just before Guardians, really helped me appreciate how far technology has come in the past couple decades. Sadly t

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My Past Physics Experience

Since Blog posts are mandatory and I don't look around at how physics affects objects and people around me, I thought I'd begin my posts with the most interesting (and confusing) experience I've had involving physics. Let me set the scene: I was an innocent freshman filling out my sheet for what seminars I would like to attend for Science Exploration Day that year. There were many options and I wanted to learn about so many of them. I finally decided on my top 4 or 5 and I was very ready for th

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