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My AP Physics C blog that I wish had a better title. Here goes...

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My Excuse for Being a Very Slow Sprinter

As mentioned in a few of my earlier blog posts, I am on my school's varsity volleyball team. Lots of the time, we have to do sprints across our thirty foot wide court as punishment for losing a drill or messing up too many times in row. I am always the last one to finish (it's absolutely terrible). Yes part of it is a lack of stamina, but the other day while running a very long set of sprints (we had to do 12 consecutive "down and backs" across our court), I was thinking about the physics and wh

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Equestrian Physics

Physics is everywhere. There has never been a more true statement. So let me take a minute to discuss the physics involved in a sport that I love and are blessed to participate in: horseback riding. There are many different disciplines in the Equestrian world, but for the case of this blog, I'm going to focus on the discipline I am most familiar with, jumping. The physics behind jumping is basic kinematics. To clear a fence, the horse and rider have to approach the jump with the right velocity.

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Apples and Buses

A few days ago, my volleyball team traveled to another school for a match (which we won, even with the touch I called myself on that could have scored us the winning point if I hadn't) and for our trip home, the opposing team gave us a huge bag of apples. So as we rode the bus home we ate and then we had 15 apple cores and no idea what to do with them for the rest of our 45 minute bus ride home. An open window sparked an idea and with that I became the center for the discard of our apple cores.

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What would happen if gravity pulled in the opposite direction?

In one of my late night musings, I asked myself, "Self, what would happen if gravity pulled us up towards the sky instead of down towards the ground?" and being a volleyball player, I wondered how that would affect the game. So let's create a situation to isolate some factors to get a better idea of what some possible outcomes would be. Let's say that, for this scenario, the court is the only area affected by the change in gravity. So the fans in the bleachers are seated and the coaches, players

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First Physics Blog

Around school I'm probably known as "that really tall girl who rides horses" which is really a pretty accurate description of me. It does leave out some other things that are an essential part of who I am. I love the two classes I am the worst in: Physics and Math. I love history. AP European has been my favorite history class that I've taken so far, but I also enjoy learning about local history in my free time. I've been playing violin for almost 14 years now and play in my school's orchestra. 

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