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  1. From: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/keep-americas-nuclear-power-plants-working-us “America’s nuclear energy plants are a vital asset providing reliable, carbon-free electricity to tens of millions of households and businesses around the country. Nuclear energy plants supply nearly 20 percent of America’s electricity—and 63 percent of the nation’s carbon-free electricity. Despite their value, a combination of factors place these plants in economic jeopardy. As a result, a half dozen of the 100 in the nation will close in the coming years to be replaced by natural gas. Respectful
  2. The June solstice will fall on June 20 or June 21 this year, depending on where you are in the world. It is the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the day when the Sun is at its highest in the midday sky (see note). The origin of the word solstice is from the Latin words sol, […] via June 20- The Solstice — The Science Geek View the full article
  3. An original poem by Moriah Matthews, AP Physics 1 Student Original photograph by the author Quantized Magazine. All Rights Reserved. View the full article
  4. by Claire Roop, AP Physics C: Mechanics student I will admit that I am not the most physics-savvy student, but I am much more familiar with the concepts of AP Physics C: Mechanics than I realized. I have played golf for 12 years, improved my swing to the point of the 4 handicap I have today, and taught young juniors the basics of golf. As someone who is well-versed in the golf swing, I know many of the fixes for common problems among amateur golfers. To my surprise, that ability also means I understand physics. I am just now learning to put a name with the concepts I have been using. The gol
  5. An original poem by Houston McClurkan, AP Physics 1 student Featured image is an original photograph by the author Original photography by the author Gravity A relentless force, You bind us together, We cannot find you because you are not visible, But we can capture you in many earthly visuals, Where did you come from we will never know, Your strength and power cause rivers to flow, Though we cannot see you we know you’ll come through, Your relentless force will always reign true, The night sky seems still, We know that’s not real, You cause the stars in the sky, To appear as
  6. by Rebecca Guerreso, AP Physics 1 Student Photo credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Steinway_grand_piano_interior.JPG Ludwig van Beethoven once proclaimed, “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy.” Music plays an important role in many people’s lives, yet few know that the basis of music and its sound derive from the laws of physics. Upon hearing a stirring piano solo, one may wonder what is occurring inside the piano that results in such a beautiful sound; the mysteries of sound within a piano originate from basic physics principles. Physic
  7. by Kate Williams AP Physics 1 Student Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnandketurah/3155589824 Most Americans who have the ability to hear cannot fathom the lifestyle changes that come with deafness or profound hearing loss. In the United States, twelve thousand babies are born partially or completely deaf every year. Conservative ways to support deafness are Sign Language, mouth reading, or just living life in complete silence. However, throughout the past few years, physics has allowed cochlear implants to become the first medical device used to replace a human sense. Altho
  8. by Ashley Hazel AP Physics 1 Student Photo credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Skydiver_on_back_of_partner_and_giving_thumbs_up.jpg Every one has heard of the extreme sport of skydiving, yet does everyone know the physics involved with it? Physics plays a monumental role in every aspect of our lives, and for this intense hobby, physics dishes up a major dose. So let’s break things down. The first jump. Once you leave that plane, your heart is racing, your palms are sweating, and probably the only thing on your mind is “Ahh!.” But, have you ever stopped to think ab
  9. by Paige Harriss AP Physics 1 student Photo credit: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/files/2014/01/time-travel.jpg “A civilized man…can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way?” H.G. Wells encapsulated popular interest in time travel through this quote and others in his novel The Time Machine written in 1895. Believed to be the first novel written about time travel, The Time Machine has been in print continuously since its ini
  10. Original artwork by the author by Bree Gerold, AP Physics 1 Student Perhaps it is the oh so exciting thought of spring break quickly approaching, or maybe it is my constant fascination with the ocean, but recently I have found myself in a daydream about the beach. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been fascinated by the rising and the falling of the ocean waves. I remember that it always baffled me how the ocean could get bigger, then shrink back up again, like clockwork. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t understand gravity, I didn’t understand physics. Perhaps there is a bit
  11. by Sarah McPherson, AP Physics 1 When looking at a dancer, the eye sees impressive movement. Behind every performance are hours of practice, sweat, and dedication. After it’s all broken down, one can find the clockwork in dancing – physics. A major factor in dancing is balance. Dancers have to focus on their centers of gravity when performing, for if they lean too far forward, their center of mass could go beyond the base of support, and they could fall. Balancing is even more difficult if there are partners dancing together; however, dancers can use physics to their advantage. If their cent
  12. Carden with his model “G Money.” AP Physics 1 students were challenged to create a diagram and model of an original roller coaster design. The challenge required the students’ designs to exhibit realistic g forces, velocities, heights, and inclines. Students applied concepts of circular motion dynamics and energy conservation to calculate and label the velocity, centripetal acceleration, and g’s for at least three locations on the design. They also calculated and labeled the required energy to start the roller coaster. The project required the roller coasters to have at least one hill and on
  13. by Leslie Medina, AP Physics 1 student Painting by Leslie Medina When I think of Mother Earth, I imagine hearing a pulse, and I visualize all the natural beauty that Earth contains. When I give such human-like qualities to Earth, I envision her breathing, even though I know this is not how things work. I think about all the possibilities and opportunities that Earth has given us. The ability to live, explore, and gain knowledge about our universe and the galaxies that endlessly fascinate us. When I depicted Earth breathing and exhaling, I was visualizing how Earth metaphorically takes in kno
  14. by Briana Purves, 6th period CP Physics Photo Credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a/8/1e0657_scale.jpg Most people consider dark matter and black holes to be mysteries; however, with the help of scientists and technology, these mysteries can be understood! Dark matter is a nonluminous material that exists in space and can appear in many different forms. Black holes are a region of space with a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape it. Black holes also have the ability to deflect light, but dark matter does not. Overall, there are many thin
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  16. Thank you to Ted-Ed for this lesson on the dual nature of light. “One of the most amazing facts in physics is that everything in the universe, from light to electrons to atoms, behaves like both a particle and a … Continue reading →[url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  17. Photo credit: https://d1guvqt7k9h5xe.cloudfront.net/AcuCustom/ Sitename/DAM/005/red_400x400.jpg by Emily Lehman and Meghan Nay We are avid Angry Birds fans, so when our physics teacher offered us the opportunity to analyze the validity of physics principles underlying the game, we accepted eagerly. We conducted an analysis to determine whether the mobile application “Angry Birds†followed the principles of physics – specifically, principles of projectile motion. We videoed the game from the initial launch of a bird to his collision with the pig pedestal. Then, we used Tracker software to
  18. Photo: Students collecting motion data. In an effort to achieve consistency with current expectations of university physics students in rigorous science and engineering programs, I have implemented laboratory investigations that seek to provide students with opportunities to explore real world motion using modern tools and techniques that are grounded in fundamental physics principles. My goal is for the students to be able to: Observe and video everyday motion and then analyze the video to extract motion data. Apply fundamental physics principles to analyze and describe the motion and
  19. Originally posted on Open Matters: Photograph by Celine Grouard for Fast Company. An afternoon at the playground might be the perfect time to introduce kids to physics. SciPlay, part of the New York Hall of Science, is working to develop an app to teach middle school students the Newtonian mechanics of the playground. FastCoDesign reports: The SciPlay app is essentially an annotated video: Using an iPad, you film motion–running, jumping, swinging, sliding, throwing a ball, etc.–and the app visualizes the basic science at work, pinpointing moments and levels of velocity, accelerati
  20. Old friends share tales of cosmic adventures before dawn breaks their respite. Photo credit: http://www.guillaumepoulin.com/cosmos  Quantized Magazine. All Rights Reserved. 2014 View the full article
  21. Photo credit: http://s1.reutersmedia.net/ A winning submission to the 2014 ExploraVision competition by Sarah Buelow and Henry Homiller Solar energy is steadily increasing in popularity because it is readily available and plentiful. Individuals use solar energy to power or heat their homes, but do not generate enough electricity to make a significant impact on reducing our dependence on oil and other nonrenewable resources. If solar energy were harnessed properly, it would be possible to power the entire planet. Solar power could be harnessed more efficiently with a space-located orbital ge
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