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  1. Sound is produced when something vibrates.. The vibration causes the medium around it to vibrate. Vibrations in the air are called longitudinal waves, which can be heard by humans. Sound waves consist of areas of high and low pressure called compressions and rarefactions. The wavelength and the speed of the wave is determined by the pitch or frequency of the sound. Wavelength, frequency, and speed can be determined if you know the other two. The equation speed equals frequency times wavelength is the equation used to do this. Since sound travels at 331 m/s at standard temperature and pressure. Also, longer the wavelength, the lower the pitch. The height of the wave is known as the amplitude. The amplitude determines how loud a sound will be - as amplitude increases loudness increases.
  2. When you play tennis for 20+ years you will find that a tennis racket has a sweet spot in the center of the racket. When a ball hits the sweet spot, the force transmitted to the hand is much smaller and the player is almost unaware that the impact has occurred. If the ball impacts at a point away from the sweet spot, the player will feel some jarring and vibration of the handle. The sweet spot is a small spot located in the center of the racket..shown below
  3. After trying to use my my versace headphones I thought I would look up how the interference from my little brother Micah's mouth altered the sound that went into my ears. I found that when two waves meet, there can be two types of interference; constructive and destructive. Constructive inteference is when two waveforms meet and are added together. The peaks add with the peaks, and the troughs add with the troughs- which creates a louder sound. Destructive interference occurs when two waves are out of phase. For example, if two waveforms that are exactly the same are added, the amplitude doubles, which makes a louder sound. But, when two opposite waveforms are added, they cancel each other out.
  4. A vibrating tuning fork is capable of creating longitudinal waves. When the fork is hit on something the tines of the fork vibrate back and forth. This causes the tines to push on neighboring air particles. The forward motion of a tine pushes air molecules horizontally to the right and the backward retraction of the tine creates a low pressure area allowing the air particles to move back to the left. Because of the longitudinal motion of the air particles, there are regions in the air where the air particles are compressed together. This causes other regions of air particles to spread apart. The two different regions are known as compressions and rarefactions. The compressions are regions of high air pressure. While, on the other hand, rarefactions are regions of low air pressure.
  5. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and involves lots of physics. Just to keep it simple I will stick with newtons 1st and 2nd laws. Newtons first law states “any object at rest, will tend to stay at rest, and any object in motion, will tend to stay in motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force.†An unbalanced force can be gravity or wind. In soccer however, this unbalance force is usually the soccer player’s foot. He or she will use their muscles in the body to create a force to move their leg and kick the ball. Because the ball is at rest, it will continue to stay at rest. But once kicked, it will keep moving in a straight line without any intent of stopping. The reason the ball will stop is because of friction and Earth’s gravitational pull. Newtons second law states “The change in velocity with which an object moves is directly proportional to the magnitude of the force applied to the object and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.†This can be explained by the equation Force = mass*acceleration > F=ma. The acceleration of the ball is determined by the force applied divided by the mass of the object that is being moved. This means that if the ball has a lot of mass, it will require more force to accelerate. If the ball has little mass, it will require little force. During a soccer game, it is important to know this law because if you want the ball to be moving fast, you must apply more force. If you want the ball to move just a little bit, then just apply less or a smaller force.
  6. In the summer it feels like your ceiling fan is cooling your room. When in fact I doesn't cool the room at all. It creates a similar affect of wind chill out side but on a much smaller scale. Ceiling fans use large angled blades that push air up or pull it down creating a small current inside your room making sweat evaporate off you skin - which makes you feel cooler. The angled blades collide with air particles in the path of spinning blade causing them to have forward momentum-downward if on the ceiling. The faster you spin the same size blade the faster the current created - making air in your room move quicker and thus making liquid evaporate quicker.
  7. When Mary Poppins uses her umbrella to fly it is unlikely that anyone would be able to replicate this using normal wind speeds and a normal sized umbrella. Firstly you would need a force upwards that equals your weight downwards. If her umbrella is about 2 meters across and if marry weighed 50kg, using a website i found that she would need about 16.8kg per meter. You would need an updraft speed of around 15 m/s or about 29 knots. That is a big updraft - not one you would normally see outside of a thunderstorm-showing that the physics in the movie is not as real as it seemed to my 6 year old self.
  8. Dominoes are are actually quite powerful. Discussed on this website: http://www.insidescience.org/content/dominoes-more-powerful-you-think/924. Dominoes, once pushed, can knock over a domino 1.5 the size of the previous one. If you set up 29 dominoes- the first one being the size of a normal domino then the others following the first one gets increased in size by 1.5x the size of the previous, the last domino would be the size of the empire state building. Only a small amount of the mechanical energy is lost when friction between the falling dominoes creates heat. So most of the energy is transferred to the next making them tip over keeping most of the mechanical energy in the system.
  9. In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MqYE2UuN24, it answers the question: is it better to walk or run in the rain. Before watching the video I decided to make some predictions. I looked around and found this website http://www.wired.com/2011/08/how-fast-is-falling-rain/ I found that rain falls anywhere between 7 to 18 mph (or 3-8 meters per second) which does not including wind-driven rain. I originally thought that the faster you moved the less wet you would be because if the rain is falling at a constant speed you are decreasing the time you are outside by moving faster. I was surprised to know that I was somewhat correct.
  10. I was there guys, he actually tripped over a purse going about 1.3m/s
  11. I love the feeling of stepping on a Lego brick
  12. I never fall when I skate but I always catch people slippin
  13. Wow your stories are super funny and very relatable to physics
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