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  1. Thrilled to have you aboard Erockest3! I'd love to see what we can put together with regards to the "Physics of Lacrosse" if you're up for it this year -- I don't think anyone's tried that yet. We should be able to do quite a few experiments and activities... you can get an idea of a few of them by checking out the "Projects" under the main page of APlusPhysics. Best wishes on an amazing school year!
  2. Thrilled to have you in the class, tennis 23. Physics will be a great asset as you embark on your medical training. Sounds like you've got a great strategy for the course, and in all honesty, learning the formulas won't be a problem at all... by the time we're done, you'll know them like the back of your hand (if not better!!!) Welcome to APlusPhysics! :wave)
  3. Saw a comment from Frank Noschese (Action-Reaction) not long ago mentioning how cool it would be to make an Angry Birds physics motivational poster... took a couple days of fiddling with fonts and effects to get the text right, but I think I finally got a winner! [ATTACH=CONFIG]150[/ATTACH] For more information, check out: Dot.Physics: The Physics of Angry Birds and Action-Reaction: Angry Birds in the Physics Classroom.
  4. Regents Physics SBG Objective Tracking Sheets for use in 2011 - 2012 school year.
  5. I've been hammering out our Skills-Based Grading (SBG) objectives for Regents Physics for the coming school year, pulling from the tremendous efforts already in place and utilized by folks such as Frank Noschese, Kelly O’Shea, and others, as well as our state and district standards. In defining these, we were conflicted about how detailed and specific to make our goals, providing students more concrete feedback on their objectives, compared to more general objectives that allow for more interpretation and generalization of the “big picture” concepts. Eventually, we settled on a
  6. The Huffington Post recently published an article on the 13 best-paying college majors. Note that 12 of the 13 require a strong physics and science background, and all 13 require strong math skills. Thanks to Louis Carusone of Eastridge High School for sharing this article and link. You can find the entire article online at the Huffington Post. I have summarized their data below: [TABLE="align: left"] [TR] [TD]Major[/TD] [TD]Median Starting Pay[/TD] [TD]Mid-Career Median Pay[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Petroleum Engineering[/TD] [TD]$97,900[/TD] [TD]$155,000[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]
  7. [ATTACH=CONFIG]149[/ATTACH]Steve Warner’s 32 Most Effective SAT Math Strategies is more than a book of secrets to help students maximize their SAT math scores… it’s also a guide to problem solving and learning strategies that extend considerably beyond the bounds of the SAT exam itself. As a physics teacher, I can strongly assert that the most effective review book for any test is the book the student will use, and that requires a friendly, concise text that is clear, easy-to-read, and well paced. Warner’s book does this and more, coaching students to maximize their results while minimizing
  8. Although by no means an exhaustive list, these 10 quick tips may help you secure that extra point or two on your upcoming Regents Physics exam. Mass and inertia are the same thing. To find the resultant, line your vectors up tip-to-tail, and draw a line from the starting point of the first vector to the ending point of the last vector. Any object moving in a circular path is accelerating toward the center of the circle. Acceleration of an object is equal to the net force on the object divided by the object’s mass. The normal force always points at an angle of 90° from the surface. Opposite
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    Musing

    Way to dive in to a new and challenging topic... I can't wait to hear your analysis of the frequency of mass and the deBroglie Wavelength!
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    Physics in MINECRAFT

    Interesting post... I was talking on Wednesday night with a physics professor and author (Rhett Allain) as well as other physics teachers about the physics of video games. Part of our discussion centered around the accuracy of the physics in these games -- and how close to real life much of video game physics is. Even the old-school Atari game "Asteroids" had pretty good physics (OK, the ship had SOME friction in space, but in general, the game was all about Newton's Laws of Motion). Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong have some weird gravity and jumps, but for the most part, the better-selling
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    15 Min of Fame

    Thanks, and congratulations on both a successful launch and a successful "15 Minutes of Fame" assignment presentation!
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    We Have Lift-Off...

    That's quite the launch velocity... sounds like a terrific event!
  13. Way to tie together modern events, physics, and Big Bang Theory! You can check out willorn's post here.
  14. [ATTACH=CONFIG]144[/ATTACH]For those anticipating the upcoming Regents Physics exam on June 15th, APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials is a book designed to give you everything you need to score well on the exam in a simple, easy-to-read manner. Filled with sample problems and full solutions, the book is now only $10.07 from Amazon!
  15. [ATTACH=CONFIG]142[/ATTACH]Prof. Allain has taken his Dot.Physics introductory blog posts and formed them into a fun and entertaining e-book covering the basic principles of mechanics. From his initial advice not to use the e-book as a table leg prop to his discussion of differential equations in chapter 15, Just Enough Physics provides students a light, simple, and concise explanation of algebra-based physics. Further, Just Enough Physics actually includes directions on basic VPython programming for simple physics simulations… if you’re like me and have been reticent to dive into si
  16. I have a superconductor, a neodymium magnet, and a dewar to hold liquid nitrogen -- let's play with this next week!
  17. Great analysis willorn... can you elaborate on the centripetal force is caused by in your problem?
  18. Hi! I'm FizziksGuy (aka Mr. Fullerton), a physics teacher at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY. I have the best job in the world, teaching terrific students a subject I'm very interested in, and this past year wrote a book to help students do well in introductory physics, titled APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife, two wonderful energetic daughters, and my exhausted dog. Hobbies and interests include volleyball, piano, guitar, and I'm a bit of a major league baseball junkie. Welcome to APlusPhysics.com -- I
  19. Terrific short video about light, sound, and the Doppler Effect:
  20. [ATTACH=CONFIG]125[/ATTACH]The first APlusPhysics course guide book, APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials, by Dan Fullerton (aka FizziksGuy) is now available for direct order, and will be available in early May from major book retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. From the book's description: APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials by Dan Fullerton is a clear and concise roadmap to the entire New York State Regents Physics curriculum, preparing students for success in their high school physics class as well as review for high marks on the
  21. It's official, you can now purchase the book through direct order. For the next few weeks, use discount code "RS74P4XQ" at checkout to get a reduced price of $12.59!!!
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    Mature Black Hole

    Very cool goNavy51... I'm always amazed to realize that despite all we know (or think we know), the amount that we don't is tremendously greater. Check out the "Top 10 Strangest Things in Space" for more weirdness!
  23. Glad you got it sorted out... have a great weekend!
  24. Hi Keri -- the .01 (or .05 in your case) didn't go away, I just multiplied it in with the permittivity of free space. Sounds like you're on the right track... if you're still stuck, post the actual problem and we'll take a look at it!
  25. [ATTACH=CONFIG]121[/ATTACH]The first APlusPhysics course guide book, APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials, will be available in late April through direct order as well as major book retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. From the book's description: APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials by Dan Fullerton is a clear and concise roadmap to the entire New York State Regents Physics curriculum, preparing students for success in their high school physics class as well as review for high marks on the Regents Physics Exam. Topics covered incl
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