The Physics of a Slapshot

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physics of curving a soccer ball

In soccer curving the soccer ball is one of the many ways you can put the ball passed the goalie and into the net. Watching a player like David Beckham kick the soccer ball and put curve on it you will see the how far the ball curves back inside and into the net with incredible accuracy. As this is the process of the air dragging against the ball while it soars through the air. When the ball is spinning, the air tends to follow a longer path around one side than the other, because it's dragge

All matter is just Energy

it is true that matter and energy are just two sides of the same coin. In fact, you've known this your whole life, if you've ever heard of the formula E=mc^2. The E equals Energy and the m equals Mass. The amount of energy contained in a particular amount of mass is determined by the conversion factor c squared, where c represents... the speed of light. The explanation for this phenomenon is really quite fascinating, and it has to do with the fact that the mass of an object increases as it ap

Gravitational time dilation

Gravitional time dilation is actually a real phenomonon that has observational evidence here on earth. This only occurs because time is relative which means that time runs at different rates and different reference frames. This is caused because areas with a strong gravitational environment time will run slower and vise versa. Say you are near a black hole, like the one from "intersteller" your refrence frame, or otherwise known as your perception of time, will change if say you were looking

YOU CAN BE A WALKING HYDROGEN BOMB

The first law of Thermodynamics holds that in any situation the total amount of energy with in is equal to the total amount of energy out. This also means that you can't create energy or destroy it. So well what happened to all the energy we have put in our bodies? The long story short, most of the energy is stored in your body, and on average a human carries around 7*10^18 joules of energy on average. If all that energy were to release all at once, it would have the same effect as setting OFF 3

Tanner's physics of a slapshot

The slapshot is the hardest shot in Hockey! Getting up to speeds of 120mph only by the flexing the stick and transfering your body weight throught the shot, therefore youre building up a lot of potential energy right before contact with the puck. It seems that when you see a pro take a slap shot it is all in one swing, with the arms doing all the work and the blade of the stick only hitting the puck. Well, our eyes are decieving because that is far from what actually happens in a true hockey sla

physics of the bowling ball

Bowling is a very skilled sport because of the way you need to add the right amount of spin to the ball and speed to get it to a precise location to hit a set of pins. For this to occur the ball is designed a certain way so that the motion of the balling ball rolling across the ground moves in a specific way. In the balling balls interior core it has a asymmetrical weight inside and are pinned in place with two pins because of its non symmetry. These pins help with the placement of the holes

Light is affected by gravity

I'm here to talk about the theory of General Relativity, this involves an ideas called light deflection, which is exactly what it sounds like- the path of a beam of light is not entirely straight. As strange as this may seem to you, it's been proven repeatedly. What this means is that, even though light doesn't have any mass, its path is affected by things that do-such as the sun. So if a beam of light from, lets say a really far off star in the sky passes aclose enough to the sun it will act

the universe

The study of physics is the study of the universe-and more specifically, just how the universe works. It is without a doubt the most interesting branch of science, because the universe, as it turns out, is a whole lot more complicated than it looks on the surface (and it looks pretty complicated already). The world works in some weird ways, and through you made need a PhD to understand why, you only need a sense of awe to appreciate how. According to Einsteins's Theory of Special Relativity, th

Artificial Gravity

If you have seen the intense, action packed thriller "Intersteller" you would then would some-what know what im talking about when i mention artificial gravity. We were born on earth and our bodies have adapted to the gravitational pressure that our bodies under go on a daily basis. Well when people go into space, where there gravitational pressure is not as great, over a long period of time our muscles start to degrade. This is an issue that happend in the movie "Intersteller". To work again

All matter is just Energy

it is true that matter and energy are just two sides of the same coin. In fact, you've known this your whole life, if you've ever heard of the formula E=mc^2. The E equals Energy and the m equals Mass. The amount of energy contained in a particular amount of mass is determined by the conversion factor c squared, where c represents... the speed of light. The explanation for this phenomenon is really quite fascinating, and it has to do with the fact that the mass of an object increases as it ap

Dark matter

Physicists have a pretty good ways of measuring the total mass present in the universe. They also have some pretty accurate ways of measuring the total mass we can observe, but here's the catch-the two numbers don't match up. In fact, the amount of total mass in the universe is vastly greater than the total mass we can actually account for. Physicists were forced to come up with an explanation for this, and the leading theory right now involves dark matter, a mysterious substance that emits n

physics of spinning a golf ball backwards

If you have ever watched golf on T.V or even went to the PGA over at Oak Hill, you would have scene that every player was able to get their balls to hit the green and stop or spin backwards. They do this because they don't want their ball to roll of the green and cost him an extra stroke on that hole. But have you ever wondered how they are even able to do that by just hitting a ball with club? The answer is simple... PHYSICS!! First of the a golf ball has dimples in it, what are these for yo

The physics of Wormholes in outer space

Wormholes like the one the crew used in "Intersteller" is one of the few physics phenomonons that doesn't have any observational evidence to support it. It is strictly theoretical but an incredibl plot device for a science fiction action thriller. Wormholes are essential shortcuts through space. An object with mass will create a divot in space or in otherwise stretches, folds, or distorts space. Wormholes are folds of the fabric in space (otherwise known as time) connecting to very long dista

Quantum Entanglement

We all can agree on that there is nothing faster than the speed of light correct? Well, yes and no. While it is technically it is true, but at least in theory it turns out that there's a loophole to be found in the mind-blowing branch of physics known as quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics, in essence, is the study of physics at a microscopic scale, such as the behavior of subatomic particles. These types of particles are the impossibly small, but very important, as they form the building bl

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