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About Velociraptor42

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  • Birthday February 9

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    nerd things. all of them.
  1. Thank you for the congrats! Fortunately enough there are no paparazzi I've never been the best at teaching or helping - my attempts at helping Bobby last year and how quickly he found better sources should be proof of that heh - but luckily I know some good resources.
  2. School is difficult but good, as was expected going to a school like this. There are a lot of people who are having trouble in physics 1 here who I have directed to your video lectures and who find them very useful on difficult topics!
  3. First of all, I was extremely happy when I found this topic because otherwise I would've creeped on the current students forums. So anyway, here I am, a big shot college student (hah) doing my college thing that may or may not include floundering in calc III I mean what. And I'm done with physics courses. AP physics c is all that I needed. So I'm done, right? Nope Depending on your point of view, it's either unfortunate or fortunate that I still use physics. All. The. Time. BME lab? Physics. So much physics. I have been named the resident physics person of my group by this point. Turn
  4. It may not be a milestone, but I got into stable orbit around Mun and I even flew it myself!
  5. Where can I buy this truck? It sounds like fun.
  6. I forgot to mention in the previous post that this is how poor Jebediah met his end, but he went out with a BANG just as he would have liked it. I mean look how excited he is in those screenshots. This was clearly the highlight of his life anyways. Okay, he looks pretty terrified when the plane is "on fire", but he looks overjoyed right as he's about to crash into the north pole, so that's something. Also the stock plane I used to fly around in was the Ravenspear Mk1, which, by the way, is a pain to fly. The SAS does nothing, and you have to constantly nudge the pitch or else it'll fall st
  7. Time for a fun mini-post! This past Friday my partner was out, and the student teacher guy who sometimes comes in to help (whose name I am currently forgetting because I am horrible with that) said I should have fun playing with planes around Kerbin for the period. While my goal was to try to get to the north pole and photograph it, that was cut short by the fact I accidentally flew my plane out of the middle atmosphere and completely lost control of it, causing it to fly too high over the north pole and immediately crash once it came into responding range. Whoops. Don't trust me as a
  8. Pre-Launch Design Release Team Name: Dyrleo Enterprises. Available Funds: $133,643.60 Vehicle Name: "satelite" yes spelled wrong Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Stayputnik Mk. 1, Rockomax "Mainsail" Liquid Engine, 8xRockomax BACC Solid Fuel Booster, 4xROUND-8 Toroidal Fuel Tank, Rockomax Jumbo-64 Fuel Tank, 2xStratus-V Roundified Monopropellant Tank, 4xRV-105 RCS Thruster Block, 8xHydraulic Detachment Manifold, Rockomax Brand Decoupler, Cubic Octagonal Strut, Rockomax Brand Adapter 02, 2xSP-W 2x3 Photovoltaic Panels, 3xZ-1k Rechargeable Battery Bank, 2xCommunotron 16, 2xCommunotron 88-88, L
  9. A quick note for Dyrleo's funds that our current amount is $133,643.60, not what was previously stated -- the second $5k award was not taken into account and we did not receive the 7.5k because we are not allowed two awards for one mission, so 2.5k was subtracted off the previous amount thought.
  10. Team Name: Dyrleo Enterprises Available Funds: $87,894.20 Vehicle Name: manned10k Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Mk1 Cockpit, Rockomax "Mainsail" Liquid Engine, Rockomax X200-16 Fuel Tank, Rockomax X200-8 Fuel Tank, Rockomax Brand Adapter, 2xTT18-A Launch Stability Enhancer, 2xStandard Canard, TR-18A Stack Decoupler, 2xMk2-R Radial-Mount Parachute -- cost of $13,420 including tax Design Goals: The vehicle is designed to reach 10 kilometers up and re-enter safely -- this time including a cockpit. It was fairly simple and time saving to use our rocket for the unmanned flight and attach a cock
  11. Team Name: Dyrleo Enterprises Available Funds: $100,000 Vehicle Name: 10k Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Probodobodyne OKTO2, Rockomax "Mainsail" Liquid Engine, Rockomax X200-16 Fuel Tank, Rockomax X200-8 Fuel Tank, Rockomax Brand Adapter, 2xTT18-A Launch Stability Enhancer, 2xStandard Canard, Mk16 Parachute, NCS Adapter -- total cost of $10,067.20 with our 10% added taxes due to my shady deals (whoops) Design Goals: Go up to 10 kilometers and return safely Launch Goal: Still get up to 10k and return Pilot Plan: Straight up Illustrations: None Note: Before the successful launch, we h
  12. Fun fact: the Kerbals believe that they can pass as humans because in Invader Zim the titular character's "human" disguise looks an awful lot like a Kerbal and no one seems to question it. They aim to eventually reach Earth and try to hide themselves in the general population. Intelligent creatures they are not.
  13. Currently, we use a method called astronomical parallax to measure the distance from the Earth to various stars among our home galaxy and others. Well, we'll still be using it. Unfortunately, this post isn't about a literal tape measure from Earth to the stars. The usual way of measuring distance has to do with observing angles as the Earth goes around the sun, as is illustrated below But now, we have found a way to utilize the Hubble Space Telescope for yet another purpose: spacial scanning. With this new technique, we won't have to wait the half a year it takes for the Earth to move
  14. I'll admit that this has more to do with chemistry than physics, but really when it boils down to it, everything is physics. EVERYTHING To celebrate that the snow is over (hopefully), let's watch how it grows in the first place http://vimeo.com/87342468 Quite beautiful, isn't it? Especially with the music and all. So why do they grow that way? Well, it all has to do with the formation of hydrogen bonds. Usually, when water goes below the freezing temperature, the bonds form a nice crystal-lattice structure that leads to regular ice. However, due to the changing temperatures within
  15. Oh jeez, more fluids? Thank god this post is more about the images than the workings behind it. Back on point though - vortices are ubiquitous, seen wherever there are fluids. Which is everywhere in the universe. And since vortices act similarly no matter what the size, even the smallest of swirls can help us understands occurances such as cyclones and superstorms. From smallest to largest, here are some examples: In the wake of a water skeeter Incense smoke Colored smoke in the wake of a landing plane (this one's for you, Bobby) The aurora Clouds Phytoplankto
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