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R2 flying at a constant speed

Since my previous post on R2-D2 flying was so popular, I thought I would follow it up. I was going to add these two points in the comments, but a separate post seems to make more sense. Point 1 – R2 flies at a constant speed Well, he obviously doesn’t always have to fly at…

Flying R2-D2, you are doing it wrong

You know I can’t help but like Star Wars. Even with the new stuff, I watch it. Recently, I was watching the Clone Wars cartoon and noticed something odd about the way R2-D2 flies. I know what you are saying….”the odd thing is that he flies at all. Why didn’t he fly in episodes 4-6?”…

Some Tips for Punkin Chunkin

I already attacked the 2008 Punkin Chunkin Show. So, now I going to give the chunkers some tips. In case you aren’t familiar, the Punkin Chunkin contest has teams create devices to launch a pumpkin. They have different categories, but I am going to focus on the air-powered devices. The basic idea is to make…

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…

Many textbooks are pumped up about Newton’s 3 laws of motion. For me, not so much. First, (as many other’s point out) these are really Newton’s ideas about force. Second, the first law is pretty much a special case of the second law. Here are the first two laws (in my words): Newton’s First Law:…

What is a fake force? A fake force is one of those forces that introductory texts tell you aren’t real – like centrifugal force. They aren’t real in the sense that they are due to one of the fundamental interactions. Basically, introductory texts (and even blogs like this one – not a bad summary of…

Colbert gets an A in physics.

Rarely am I up late enough to watch the Colbert Report, but by chance I saw it last night. I know Stephen Colbert is a big fan of Dot Physics, and so this is a message to him. Stevie, good job. Here is what he said during his show on the “The Word” segment. Just…