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Wolfram Alpha Widgets

Try to say that 5 times really fast. Go ahead, try it. Well, at least it is not as difficult as Fox in Socks – man that book is a killer. This WAW is basically a means to embed Wolfram Alpha queries into a webpage. Pretty cool idea, but I am not sure how well…

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…

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 –…

Pendulum, let it go

This is a requested post. Clearly, I do requests. The idea here is that I am going to give all the details needed to determine the equation of motion (and then model it) for a basic pendulum. Warning: this post is a little more advanced than my normal posts. There are some prerequisites. You need…

Uncertainty and Video Analysis

This is for commenter JimP. How do you take into account uncertainty when using video analysis? A great question. The first thing to think about is where does the uncertainty come from? My first guess would that it would be from the user. Where does the user click? Is it right on the object in…

This is really a lab that I have students do, but I am pretty sure they don’t read this blog – so it is ok. If they are reading this, hi! We have these projectile cannons that shoot small balls. In order to look at projectile motion, they need to first determine the launch speed…

Snow Board Jump Help

I really shouldn’t do this. I might be helping someone to set up something dangerous. But, I am going to anyway. Here is a question posted on some forum. (actually, it is from math help forum) “I’m anticipating a good winter this year, one with lots of snow. My yard is sloped quite a bit…

I created another screen cast showing how to get started with a numerical calculation for one of my classes. In this case, the students are attempting to model the motion of an object falling with air resistance. The following example doesn’t show the steps including the air resistance, but maybe it is enough to get…

This was on my ‘to do’ list, but Tom at Swans on Tea beat me to it. Basically, this grocery store has these plates that when depressed produce electrical energy. Tom does a good job pointing out that this is not free energy (the original article says this also). Clearly, the energy comes from the…

I have been wanting to look at this whole curved bullet thing, but I wasn’t sure how to approach it. In case you are familiar with the myth, this is from the movie WANTED (which I did not see). Apparently, some people learn how to make bullets curve by moving their gun. Here is a…