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Physics 2 refresher

So, I hear you are starting your second semester of physics. One of the cool things about physics is that the second semester still uses stuff from the first semester. Maybe you forgot some of that stuff, so here are the bare essentials you will need to get by (this is assuming you are in…

Hat tip to Frank for sending me a link to this video: If you have never done a demo like this (without the motorcycle), you should. It really isn’t too difficult. Here is a video of my version: Inertial demo from Rhett Allain on Vimeo. So, the question is: is the motorcycle thing real or…

Have I not made it clear how much I like the MythBusters? Also, I am totally aware that they are not (nor do they claim to be) scientists. Really, this is what makes their show appealing (maybe?). So here is the problem now. And, it is not just the MythBusters – I see other shows…

In my previous post on launching a pumpkin (punkin chunkin) I essentially just looked at what happens to the pumpkin after it is launched. How fast would you have to shoot it to go 1 mile? The answer seems to be around 1000 mph and they are currently shooting them around 600 mph. The question…

The other myth the MythBusters looked at last week was the phrase “knock your socks off” (along with the dropping and shooting a bullet myth). But before that, let me complain. Maybe it is just me, but I totally cringe when these guys use the word ‘force’. Force probably isn’t the best term to use…

How high does a bullet go?

You know I like the Mythbusters, right? Well, I have been meaning to look at the shooting bullets in the air myth for quite some time. Now is that time. If you didn’t catch that particular episode, the MythBusters wanted to see how dangerous it was to shoot a bullet straight up in the air.…

Hancock throws a boy. Not nice.

I finally saw the movie Hancock. Yes, I know it has been out for a long time but I don’t get out much. You know me, I can’t leave something like this well enough alone. It’s not my fault, I was born this way. It shouldn’t spoil the movie too much if I tell you…

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…

I am so pumped up that MythBusters is back on. Not only do I like the show, but it offers so many blogging opportunities. Their latest show featured car crashing myths. One of the myths from the episode was a redo of the myth where two trucks crash head on simultaneously crushing a smaller car…

A note about numerical calculations

[In a previous post, I talked about numerical calculations](http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/2008/10/basics-numerical-calculations/). The basic idea is to use the momentum principle and the following “recipe”: Update the position of the particle Update the momentum of the particle Update the force on the particle Looks great, right? Well, it mostly is great. I want to give a couple of…