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Feynman

I was doing a little research this past weekend on Richard Feynman and came across a speech that he gave at a meeting of the American Physical Society in December of 1959. Of course, Feynman did many great things but I want to focus solely on this speech which basically foreshadows the amazing things that we would be able to do with nanotechnology. You can read a copy of the speech here, http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/feynman.html , but I thought I would point points that were most memorable to m

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Magnets at RIT

Yesterday I spent the morning at RIT with the society of women engineers. They put together a couple of presentations introducing high school girls to the disciplines of packaging science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, all while building a savonius wind turbine out of a soda bottle and other materials. Through the presentations I learned a lot about what I will get to explore further during college. The electrical engineering portion of the morning was mos

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Wind Power

http://news.discovery.com/tech/wind-power-without-the-blades.html I found this article online and I thought it was a pretty creative way for obtaining energy from the wind. Everyone has seen the wind turbine here on campus but this method they are proposing in the article is a much more mechanically efficient system. For those of you who haven't yet clicked on the link, I advise you to do so, mainly because of the pretty pictures :eagerness:. Anyway, the system is comprised of around 1000 sta

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Ahh Big Bang Theory :)

So as one may or may not have been able to predict, this post is about the tv show, The Big Bang Theory. Honestly, this episode made me laugh really hard and I think that everyone should watch this before going into our midterm. I can feel Penny's pain in this episode, not about F=ma, but about other topics we have discussed so far this year. I enjoyed Sheldon's history lesson, and the way Penny attempted to "take notes" but more importantly, I'm glad Mr. Fullerton didn't start out our

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For Procrastinators and Snow Lovers

For the procrastinators: During these times of high stress, what with the trillions of calc problems to do and a 75 minute webassign I am looking forward to, I think it is a given that we teens spend a bit of time on the internet procrastinating. During my quite small amount of time spent on the internet today, I managed to find 2 videos relating to our studies in physics. This first clip, found at http://iwastesomuchtime.com/on/?i=20086 is for those who tend to enjoy cat videos. I thought this

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Momentum of Hybrid Cars

In the struggle to "go green" in virtually every aspect of life these days, it is important to still consider the safety protection measures that lack in some types of vehicles. I know everyone has seen those little electric cars that look like golf carts traveling down our local streets. Everytime I see these types of vehicles it's hard not to consider what went through their minds when making this purchase. I mean, how far is too far when it comes to saving the environment? That doesn't have m

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Catapult Success!

My webassign is consuming most of my free time this afternoon and for that reason, I though it would be best to blog about my catapult this week. I was impressed that our catapult went as far as it did. Although a mere 7 meters, That was much farther than it went during practice shots. I was impressed by alot of the catapults made by my peers. Obviously, they have experience building (or helpful parents!). Anyways, I think our catapult did pretty well considering the fact that we have pretty muc

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Physics won this round

So basically, the test this past week was a rough one. I am very nervous to get it back for I fear that physics has won this round. :beaten: Overall, I knew I was a little shakey on the concepts but wasn't sure how the afternoon was going to go. I think this past week was one of the first so far this year that was really tough for me and now that I have that behind me, I will go forward continuing to work harder. [ATTACH=CONFIG]241[/ATTACH]

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Soda Can Heater

This past Wednesday was the first meeting of the year for the Alternative Energy and Education Club. Our project last year consisted mainly of building the solar powered light that is near the athletic fields across from the concession stand. We also wrote the grant for the wind turbine that is also out back near the fields. During this first meeting, we discussed the projects that we will be completing this school year. We discussed creating solar powered chargers which would be hooked up w

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today I had the pleasure of walking downtown for the annual breast cancer walk. For those of who who don't know, October is breast cancer awareness month. After braving the rain and cold weather, I decided that it wasn't too bad, considering what cancer has done to so many people and their families. I decided to find some physics about the cause and dedicate my first blog post of October to the survivors and to the women (and men) who lost their lives in the fight. http://blogs.physicstoday.

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faster than the speed of light?

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-cern-faster-than-light-particle.html I came across this article online today and I figured would be a perfect discussion starter, and perhaps an even better blog post! Anyway, this past Friday, it was announced that a neutrino beam traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light, with an error of 10 nanoseconds. We realize that traveling faster than the speed of light just isn’t supposed to happen. The question now is, were there flaws in the measure

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Then A Miracle Occurs

I have not yet figured out exactly what to blog about this week so I figured that a reflection of my week would be just fine. Honestly, this week wasn’t too bad. After learning about dot and cross products, I realized that the math made sense, but am still wondering what the purpose and logic behind them is. It was refreshing to have a review of one dimensional kinematics from last year, though I am not sure how the 3 dimensional kinematics is going to go next week. The derivatives were a revie

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Introduction!

Hey there! I’m excited to get the year started and dive right into the Physics C material. I guess I could tell you a little about myself first. I love going on really long, adventurous bike rides, playing with my dog, and reading. Something different, I really enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. I plan on studying engineering next fall (not quite sure where or which type of engineering, if that was your next question). I enjoy a nice challenge, which is probably one reason why I’m taking this class, an

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