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  1. So I might want to adjust the humidifier setting on my furnace.....good to know!
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    Quinn - Sorry you experienced the more painful side of physics. Elastic and inelastic collisions are really interesting to think about, especially in terms of the sports that are played. When I go bowling this weekend, I am going to try to put them both to work for me!! Which do you think would be most important?
  3. Hi Josh - I wonder why there seems to be more shocks in the winter than in the summer? I dread walking across my living room carpet to turn off the lights at night, because I have to brace for an intense shock as soon as my hand comes close to the screws in the switchplate cover! OUCH!
  4. Hi Isaac - I appreciate the connections between physics and dodgeball that you are making. I know that I have seen some pretty intense slow-motion, time-stop videos that demonstrate the collision impacts you describe. I found one embedded in this prezi - https://prezi.com/nn6xcsmrgdzx/the-physics-of-dodgeball/It is in the "Collision" portion. There are also interesting connections to your concept of absorbed forces to other sports, including baseball and NASCAR. One is in favor of the absorption -one not so much....
  5. The posters around the halls and in classrooms have gained some traction and have garnered perhaps an increased awareness of the potential for STEM careers- but is it too late? I sometimes wonder if we haven't done enough to build the curiosity and "excitement" for STEM in the levels for where it matters most - in the elementary, middle and junior high levels. Some of the best experiences within science programs have been removed (Science "fairs" or long term projects that allow students to build models, test designs and collaborate with peers - outside of school have been replaced). Conten
  6. RTSully829 - I think those that hang glide or parachute may consider air resistance an important factor in their endeavors!!! On the other hand, would surface area play a role in the amount of air resistance on a falling object? Something else to consider!!!
  7. Fantastic entry! I really like how you make the point that those singers that best understand the physics are best able to control and utilize their own voice! Bravo!
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