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  1. Waves in water are produced in many different scenarios. For example, when someone goes to the beach and decides to skip rocks, they produce a wave in the water. The water particles then move and continue to move creating a mechanical wave. these kinds of waves require a medium to pass through. who knew such a fun experience could experience so much physics.
  2. This past weekend I had the benefit of being able to go to the Philadelphia area for a college trip with my aunt. What we decided to do while we were down there was take the train to NYC, since I had never been before. The trip took forever! Basically passenger trains from Philadelphia to NYC basically are like busses that go just a little bit faster. Anyways, what I noticed while we were riding was how much physics was really involved in train transportation. the way the train works is by running on rails, which gives off a boat like feeling but on land. The force of the train on the rails, was the exact force on the train from the rains, otherwise we would have floated up or sunk down into the earth. There was also sound waves being emitted from the train whistle that everyone knows so well. The waves then traveled through the medium (the air) and reached the little hairs in our ears, causing the brain to recognize that movement as sound. But lesson learned, its a pain in the butt to travel by train!
  3. My team mates and I were talking recently about what sounds we loved to hear while we were playing. most of the time we talked about how we could never hear our coach yelling at us from the side line, or how the sound of the ball against the back board of the cage was our worst or favorite sound depending on who scored. We also know the pain caused by the sound of two sticks hacking against each other. Sound is produced by air particles moving through a medium that cause a vibration that our ears recognize as noise. The brain then associates those sounds with pleasure or any other type of emotion experienced when you witness that noise. These sound waves require a medium to travel through in order to make the noise that we recognize. This is known as a longitudinal wave.
  4. When my field hockey team got the opportunity to go to Disney for the huge national tournament that happens there every year, we got a bunch of fun things attached to the rooms we booked in the Marriott Village, one of them being free passes to the mini golf course on the Disney location. There was so much physics involved in the whole process, the main one i witnessed was the precise way to apply a force in such a way that the ball went in the direction you wanted it to. it was quite funny watching and experiencing how bad field hockey players are at mini golf, simply because it is such a different way of applying a force, even though it appears as though it would be so similar.
  5. I was able to go to Universal Studios earlier this year and i couldn't help myself from visiting Harry Potter World. On top of the Gringotts (a bank in the books) was a huge dragon in which everyone once and a while would breathe fire and make a loud growling noise that usually pairs with fire breathing quite nicely. This was an extremely loud sound that no one in the park could miss. In order for the noise to be that loud, the sound waves produced needed to have an incredibly large amplitude which allowed for it to be heard all throughout the park.
  6. wow hannie, you really get excited about water!
  7. about two and a half weeks ago, while everyone was still on the bath craze, I googled how to make my own bath bomb. I was home alone and had way too much time on my hands. so I found that if I put olive oil and cinnamon sticks in my bath that it was very good for my skin. so having nothing better to do with my time, I made the bath. well I forgot to clean out the tub after, and when my sister took a shower, she slipped right on her but. this is because the oil from the bath filled in all of the divits in the shower, so there was little to no friction on the tub's surface. without this friction it makes it very hard to successfully move about while taking a shower and not falling. so next time, i'll just stick to a lush bath bomb
  8. i don't know one person who actually enjoys walking up the stairs. in fact, i hear people complain about having to climb 3 flights of stairs multiple times a day! yet why is it so miserable? well in order to lift yourself up one step, there needs to be a force of at least your weight in order to go up the step. when there is a large amount of steps, that's a lot of work that is done in order for you to walk up the steps. since work is being done because a force is causing a displacement, that also means that there has been a change in energy. As you get higher up the steps you increase your potential energy. it's true, physics is really anywhere.
  9. how cool! i never thought of it like that
  10. So for about 3 months now, i've been working at a small pizzeria in town and it came to my attention recently that at work, i don't really do any work. I may go and get peoples orders from the back, or answer phones, but i never move from my spot at the front counter without returning to it. So since there is no total displacement in my location for the shift that i work, i technically am not doing any work. Sure it takes energy to do the jobs that i have to, like deal with rude people on the phone or struggling to find a button on the computer, but i don't actually do any work while i'm at work.
  11. kyraminchak12

    Physics of Tap

    wow lia so cool! i wish i could dance
  12. In practice last week, our coach had us working in stations. One of those stations was lifting the ball and trying to hit the wall as high as we could. She had us start really close to the wall and focus on the fundamentals and then once we mastered getting the ball high in the air up close, to back our way up. What i realized when i got home was that we had just learned a bunch about the conservation of energy in objects, and how it is never created or destroyed. As soon as i did work on the ball for it to move, i gave it kinetic energy. As the ball continued to increase in height, that kinetic energy transitioned into gravitational potential energy. Then when it struck the wall a small amount of thermal energy was created, then the ball increased in kinetic energy while falling. Then finally once the ball hit the ground all of the kinetic energy was converted into thermal energy.
  13. At practice today, we were preparing for the next upcoming tournament (USA Disney Tournament) which is less than a month away. Our coach has us to a wide range of things at practice today, like she usually does. but there was one drill we spent a specifically long period of time doing. it was quite a simple drill, considering all of the girls there have been playing field hockey for years, but it had everything to do with momentum. Coach Tori had us roll the ball to a partner and we had to run up to the ball, collect it, and then keep moving all in one fluid motion. Although the drill is quite simple, momentum played a part, not only with the ball, but with the player as well. We had to keep our momentum going forward, while stopping the ball to change it's momentum. Coach Tori explained that it would never work right if we were stationary while we stopped the ball, because it would take too long, and be counterproductive if we cut to the ball and then just stood there. this also makes sense because it takes more energy to start moving, rather than to keep moving. We had to keep our momentum going forward instead of stopping then trying to go.
  14. i'm obsessed with driving! just don't crash into anything, that wouldn't be too good.
  15. wow hannie! you did well!!! physics really is related to everything, AP bio and physics this year have both opened my eyes even more on how the world works.
  16. good luck this season! Lead the team to bring home a sectional title for irondequoit!
  17. Throughout my field hockey season this year, me and several of my team mates had the joy of being at the wrong place at the wrong time when another team mate was hitting the ball. Most recently, during the semi finals, I got hit twice within the same half while blocking up a hit. Let's just say being 5 yards away while someone is driving a ball in your direction isn't always the most safe option. But today in class my teacher brought up Newton's third law, every force has an equal and opposite force. This reminded me of getting hit in the sectional game. The force my teammate applied to the ball that sent it straight into my ankle and then into my knee later in the game, was the same amount of force my leg applied to the ball on contact. The only difference was the direction of the two forces. Unfortunately the ball one that time, and i still have the bruise to show for it!
  18. kyraminchak12

    Blog Post #3

    You're a great dancer li (: good job making the connection with physics and dancing!
  19. kyraminchak12

    Blog Post #4

    Oh lil you and me both love driving! but im not quite sure if i'd jump into a car with you just yet from the stories i have heard
  20. I love Disney! it's definitely a place where all dreams come true!
  21. Ever since i got my permit I've been obsessed with driving everywhere, as lame as that sounds, it's true! Yet i know that i would not be able to drive if it wasn't for physics. One of the issues i have had is the remembering to take off the parking brake. I always forget when i start the car that i have to take brake off before the car will actually go anywhere. Since i always i forget this, the car is stationary (a constant velocity of zero) and the forces acting upon the car are equal, until i apply a force that would allow the car to move. The only two forces acting upon the car are gravity and the normal force of the ground that the car wheels are resting on while stationary. If we were to draw a free body diagram of the car it would look like: a dot (which represents our car) with an arrow coming straight down labeled mg (which represents the force of gravity) and an arrow up labeled Fn (this represents the normal force of the ground pushing up on the car). If the forces of gravity and the normal force were not equal, then the car would either float up into space or be pulled through the ground, so it is very important that since the only forces acting upon the stationary car are in the vertical direction that they are equal, so neither of these occur. So physics and stationary cars actually do have a lot in common! and without physics the car would either be flying or sunk down into the either, which in the ideology of cars, isn't the best option.
  22. During my junior year of high school, my 5th year playing field hockey, i made several connections with field hockey and physics, whether i wanted to or not. As center mid for my team, i am involved in almost every play, so i see in every way, shape and form how physics dictates the way the game is played. In our sectional game i had a beautiful aerial that went over everyone and straight into the circle where a teammate was and the play lead to a beautiful goal, which helped us with the game! Later i then realized that the aerial that i played was a perfect example of a projectile. Since the ball was only being impacted on by gravity it made it the perfect real life application to physics. The ball when i lifted it flew in a path of a parabolic arc due to the fact that it was sent into the air at an angle. This also means that the ball had the same speed the minute it left my stick to the moment just before it hit the ground. The fact that the ball also became a projectile the minute it left my stick means that the horizontal components and the vertical components are different, and only the time is transferable between the two. For example the acceleration of the vertical component of the ball was 9.81 m/s^2 where as the acceleration for the horizontal component of the ball was 0. This is due to the fact that the ball had no force pulling it horizontally, which meant that the horizontal speed remained constant, however, there was a force acting on the ball vertically, gravity, this then pulled at the ball with an acceleration of 9.81 m/s^2 increasing the velocity of the ball as it fell. Field Hockey is truly filled with physics, and the projectiles are just one small component of the sport.
  23. https://twitter.com/kyraminchak/status/514554357954916352/photo/1 America and calculators! what could be better!
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