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Differential Equations Have Some Swag After All

So I'm actually in my honors chemistry class right now, but who cares right? It's not like it's physics... anyways, good to be back! Yesterday, in my differential equations class, we started section 2.3-- I don't actually remember the title-- at the ungodly early hour of 9 AM. aka, really not that early. Now, if I/ other AP C past/current students remember correctly, early in the year we discussed air resistance on a falling object. According to Newton's 2nd Law, net force or ma equals wha

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Nick, Tim, and Eric's Magnetic Leviation Project

For our end of the year project we chose to do magnetic levitation (not the smartest choice in retrospect). There are usually two ways to do this. One is to run an electric current and create a magnetic field so the platform and the track repel, and another is to just use bar magnets (as the track and attached to the platform) which will repel each other if the poles are simply set correctly. We chose to do the latter, as it spares us from doing any RHR or actual physics like that. We tried (I b

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Free Swag. Not Speech. Swag.

Your Swagmeister himself found this a few weeks ago: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/weird-gun-future-attacks-words-not-people-193050045.html It seems some of the more savvy (or most frustrated with with loud teenage conversations) scientists in the world have developed a silent gun prototype. Not a gun that makes no noise, but one that prevents people from speaking, through a combination of biology/neurology(?) and naturally physics. By playing back their own voice on delay,

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Swagitance

One note before I begin my wonderfully edumacative blog: Swagitance is like capacitance, except it measures swag in high-schoolers (units are still farads cuz that word's cool) Anyways, capacitance. More specifically, circuits involving them. According to I-Town's resident electrical engineer (room# 3012), all those capacitor only circuits are practically wrong. Since V=IR, if there is no resistor, current is infinite and everythang would blow up (ie a calculator). Thus everything we had

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Swag Dodgeball

So friendz I felt I should enlighten you on another one of my infinite talents. It involves throwing, and avoiding, numerous spherical objects, coated with a 'gator-like' material. Namely dodgeball. Now dodgeball is only enjoyable when you win, so needless to say I find it very appealing. However that's besides the point. There are numerous physics applications to dodgeball. One such thing is throwing the ball itself. Naturally most people know where they want to throw it... it just rarely

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Independent Study? Swag.

S'up everyone who is reading this (so basically my fellow classmates who are under orders to) and welcome to another blog post from the one, the only, Swagmeister. This weeks post includes a video! How exciting! And some physics... the link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO-BmG8kooA It contains the entire highlight of the bills patriots game on September 25th, but the part I am concerned with is the end of video where Lindell makes the game-winning field goal. This is a perfect (or at

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Swagitect

S'up World. Let's get right to it... So while building a trebuchet (not a catapult), I learned several important things: a) I'm not much of a carpenter... or one at all. I clearly need to by one of those hands-off, not hands-on kind of scientists serious trebuchets take more time to build then one thinks, but surprisingly less money than i thought (not that i was paying for it) c) Physics of it (specifically on the main beam, ignoring the mass of the beam): Our counterweight consisted of 125

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Physics With Swag

I, as supreme emperor of the universe, have decided that this week's post will be dedicated to revealing one (of many) of my physics flaws... such as Newton's 3rd law. Well not exactly the third law, but applications of it. Ie the problems where you have blocks next to each other, a Force F pushes on one block and you have to find the force of Block 2 one Block 1, etc... For some reason, I could never get these right, which, to put it mildly, was really annoying. Especially since I could get the

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Swag4Life

Guess what this week's post is about? Physics? Haha no. Running of course, and more specifically in response to the people asking (in a whiny, high-pitched voice), "Does it really matter if shoes weigh an ounce or two less? You can't even notice the difference!" It does matter. And here's why: Let's say you're competing in a mile race (maybe the McMullen Mile?) and you've chosen to wear a new pair of spikes that are about 3.5 ounces lighter than your previous pair of spikes (3.5 oz equals about

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Swagging It Up

[ATTACH=CONFIG]205[/ATTACH]Well I hope y'all have had a delightful week, I soitenly have, and I'm back with another discussion of (simplified) running based physics. The idea comes from the difficulty of running through mud while in a race, which I and several thousand other high-schoolers got to partake in at Genesee Valley Park. A quick background: yes it was a xc race, and due to the number of runners and weather conditions, the course was, to put it nicely, a mud pit. Down by the river, t

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Swag & Nerdy

So I was browsing the web like daboss9 and i came across this article on yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/strange-particles-may-travel-faster-light-breaking-laws-192010201.html It discusses how the researchers at CERN in the homeland of good chocolate and skiing have had an experiment where neutrinos (neutral subatomic particles) traveled from Geneva (in Swiss-land) to Gran Sasso (better name plz?) in Italia faster than the speed of light by approx. 20 ppm. Not only do these findings break the u

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The Swag is Back

wael aim bak physizictz and aim raedy to blog it uppp, so here gose: 1) Chris can't do physicz Othder thangs ai larned tis week: A) That typing with bad grammar is actually really difficult That it is really easy to get other people sick in school due to close proximity... sorry guys Physics of that: How about displacement=VoT + .5at^2 ? assuming constant deceleration of cold particles (from sneezes) due to air resistance, and V final= 0 m/s... seeing as I don't know any of the va

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Introducing (the) Swagmeister Himself

Whassup phellow physics phans mai naim iz teh Swagmeister (noh reallee) and I <3 Phyzics (with da man Phullerton, my homie teach). I liek tuh run, tuh read, tuh harass pplz, and tuh talk about mudkipz... but mostly tuh run. I is good at everythang (except teh grammer) and has nowhere to improve. I would liek to become an engineer or a phyzicist (big wordz!). I is taking tuh AP C course becauze I reallee liek phyzics an' want to learn more bout teh world's mysteriez. I is excited to learn

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