# Happy g day

Actually, it should be called Happy “Magnitude of the local Earth gravitational field” day. You know, 9.8 N/kg on September 8 (9/8). Get it? Well, the idea was for the physics students and faculty to build some stuff to do outside – projectile motion type stuff. Well, we had the idea a while ago and…

# Variation in throwing a ball

I might as well make a new tag called “basketball throws” because I can’t stop with the analysis of these crazy basketball shots. Watch – in the end someone is going to post a video about how all these were faked (and I have said there is no clear evidence they are fake). Oh, if…

# What is this #1: Answer

Perhaps you have had enough time to think about the first “What is this” demo item. Here is the item in question. It seems most of you were right on track with this one – probably because you can still buy such a device. This thingy launches a small ball horizontally while at the same…

Reader Jorge has also looked at these amazing basketball shots. (here is my last basketball analysis) Jorge claims that at least one shot seems fake. He is referring to the following video (at around the 2:20 mark). ARRGH Ok, new plan. For some dumb reason, youtube won’t let me embed this video. Well, here is…

You know I have trouble letting stuff go, right? I am still thinking about these crazy long basketball shots. Here are some more thoughts. Really, there are two things I am interested in. First, commenter Scott Post suggests that the drag coefficient might be around 0.25 instead of 0.5. I don’t know. For the discussion…

# Visual and MatplotLib – holding hands at last

(alternate title: how to make pretty graphs in vpython) I am happy. Finally, I can use the visual module in python (vPython.org) and plotting with Matplotlib. Maybe this isn’t such a big deal for many of you, but for me, it never worked until now. In the past, I blogged about plotting in vpython vs.…

# How far will the car go?

Honestly, I was going to add this to my previous post about the jumping car but I didn’t because I wanted to finish. So, here it is and more. Actually, I will just make a projectile motion spreadsheet. That way, anytime you want to do a projectile motion problem, you can come here. Maybe this…

# How fast was the car going?

Reader Colin asked a great question about this popular clip. How fast was the car moving? First, a quick assumption. I will assume that the frame rate on the video is correct (meaning not slowed down). Colin already looked up the length of the Chevy Impala on Wikipedia for me. It has a length of…

# Preemptive MythBusters: Giant Water Slide Jump

I am excited. This Wednesday, the MythBusters are doing the giant water slide jump. Maybe you are new to the internet and you haven’t seen this video. Here it is: And since it is as old as the hills, of course I have already analyzed it – actually twice. First, the video is fake –…

# Sport Science FTW!

Normally, it isn’t really news when a show doesn’t do anything wrong. I am making an exception for ESPN’s Sport Science. Here is part 2 of Sport Science trying to reproduce Kobe Bryant’s “jumping over a car” stunt. And here is part 1 (although part 2 is the only interesting part). See. I can get…