There are many different types of waves. Mechanical Waves, Sound Waves, Electromagnetic Waves and even waves people get in their hair. Today I am here to discuss the term wavy in context of style and fashion. Coming from Urban Dictionary wavy can be defined as the new futuristic way of describing something in a positive connotation, popularized by rapper Max B. Another definition for wavy is the highest level of smooth/cool/swagger. For those who don't already I know I am known around I-town as
Believe it or not but currently right now as I am sitting here typing this blog post physics has an effect on me. That effect is the normal force. As I am sitting in this chair I am applying a force to the chair but then in return the chair is applying the same force back up to me. The chair is then doing the same thing to the floor which is applying a normal force but then applying the same normal force back up to the chair. That is how physics relates to me sitting here typing this blog post.
On the 8th of March I participated in the annual Dodge for Josh charity dodge ball tournament. Dodge ball and physics have many connections some of them being a lot more painful than others. While playing I witnessed one of the more painful connections that physics and dodge ball have in common. In physics we learned about forces and how forces applied impact the object the force was applied on. Unfortunately during the dodge ball tournament I was unlucky enough to have the force of a dodge ball
If you ever played any type of fighting game you've probably witnessed at some point in time that you are mashing every button to improve your chances of winning. The action of button mashing involves quite a bit of physics. For every push down of the button physics in involved, starting with the press of the buttons for each time you push the button down the button applies the same amount of force back onto your finger. That is called the normal force. Every time the button comes back up to its
Physics and technology are two highly relatable topics. Connections are easily made between the two of them. One very common topic between the two is electricity. Earlier in the year in Principles of Engineering we learned about circuits and how they work. In physics we currently are learning the same thing. The information I learned from POE translates well into physics because for example when building a house and going deeper into it's electrical systems if you have a switch in a circuit that
I've always wondered how much energy a penny would have flying off the entire energy so I finally decided to actually figure it out. The Empire State building is about 381m but from the tip 443m. Lets say we want to go big time and drop it from the tip. A penny weighs about .0025kg. Before taking physics I had no clue how to find potential energy until my magnificent teacher Mr. Fullerton. He taught me that to find potential energy you need to use the equation PE=mgh. That would be (.0025kg)(9.8
Playing on a slippery, dusty basketball court is one of the most annoying things in the world. The court is so dusty it is basically frictionless! During practice, because the floor wasn't cleaned, I fell over. I was running down the court and BLAM is slipped because my shoes failed to give me any traction since they were clogged in dust. Physics was involved in this fall because I had Kinetic Energy. I weigh around 77 kilo grams and I was running down the court with a speed of about 10 m/s. My
As you already know my Patriots just eviscerated the Indianapolis Colts and are heading on to win the Superbowl. Last week in the game I picked out some physics I saw because everyones when watching football you tend to pick out physics when you see it. Lets take the play when Blount ran through the Colt's defense to score a touchdown I noticed physics when Blount ran right through the defender. Before the hike of the ball Blount started off with potential energy. he didn't have much since he wa
Hello I am back again to discuss more physics in the sport of basketball. When watching the NBA you will often see the athletes dunking the basketball. It is very easy for them since they are so tall and athletic. The physics relates to Newton's 2nd Law. Lets take LeBron James for example. LeBron is well known for his incredible jumping ability. The physics applies when LeBron puts a force on the floor and the same force is applied when the floor pushes back up on LeBron. Lets say LeBron applie
So as you probably already know I be getting buckets. Just kidding that's arrogant. But on the Irondequoit basketball team I play an important role where the easiest way for me to score is shooting three point baskets. Physics highly relates to the way I play on the basketball team. Every time I shoot a jump shot in order to have a chance of making the shot I have to release the ball at the perfect angle and use the right amount of force on the ball. To start off releasing the ball at the right
Friction is very relevant when driving a car. For example the weather can change the amount of friction on the road. If it is a clear sunny day friction will be there the most because nothing else is between the tires of your vehicle and the road. As soon as it starts to rain the amount of friction decreases. Rain while it only decreases friction by a little bit can cause slipping. Ice on the road can be very dangerous. Ice fills the tiny bumps and makes the road a smooth surface. Since the surf
When standing on a flat surface physics is involved. The polar bear in the picture is experiencing physics. The polar bear is putting a force of gravity on the ice while the normal force of the ice is holding the polar bear up. If the ice gets weaker and to the point where it doesn't have enough normal force, the polar bear will break through the ice. It will break through because there isn't enough normal force to support the polar bears gravitational force. This is an example of Newton's secon
In basketball, especially when jumping physics is used. The physics that is applied is Newton's third law. When I go to jump I apply a force onto the ground. In return the ground returns the same force I applied. That force the ground applies then brings me in the air. The more force I apply to the ground, the higher I jump. The picture above is from a video of me going to dunk a basketball. Unfortunately I was unable to post the video due to problems with it sending. Overall in basketball, phys
Overall my catapult wasn't the biggest success but a very fun experience. It was the first time in a while that I worked on something big with a couple of my friends. We put in countless of work and to test our project. While we were in the middle of testing a huge problem occurred. The entire arm snapped in half! We had to run to the store and get almost 10 rolls of duct tape. We spent almost 2 hours taping the arm back together in the cold. The catapult luckily still work just not as well as b
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