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Let me start with the video. Here is a guy flying a plane in a barrel roll and pouring some tea at the same time. Talk about multitasking. How can he pour upside down? Well, there are two ways to look at this. First, I can look at this in the frame of the plane.…

Basketball shot – real or fake?

I have seen several videos similar to this. Real? Fake? How many tries did this take? Let the analysis begin. Before I do any analysis, let me state that I think this is not fake. I do not know that for sure, just my first guess. How would I tell if it is real or…

More Dangerous Kids

My car had a flat tire. When you get a flat tire, you might as well make something useful of it – right? As I was jacking the car up, I had a great idea. Use this for one of my “Spoof Science” videos. The only problem is that this takes a ton of work…

I got tired of attacking ESPN Sport Science. Well, tired of attacking might not be the best term. How about, attack in a new way (here are my older Sport Science attacks). Check out episode 1 of Spoof Science: A couple of notes: Watch it youtube if you want the HD version Making videos takes…

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…

Tail-Drop Analysis

I don’t know why they call it a tail drop. Here is a video: The link I clicked that brought me to this video said the equivalent of “OMG!” That is not what I thought, really I am not sure what is so impressive (except that he didn’t fall off the skateboard). If the original…

Airlock examples

I was going through and tagging some old posts. While looking at a post attacking the movie Sunshine, I accidentally found something else on youtube. Gravity in Sunshine I could not find a clip online of the scene I want, so I made a cartoon. Basically, (oh – spoiler alert) some guys are trying to…

Surface Tension vs. Floating

Check out this video demo: So, that is just plain water. If I am careful, I can make that thin aluminum disk stay on the surface of the water. This is not the same as floating in Archimedes principle. It is different. This is staying on the surface because of surface tension. Bouyancy I think…

Moment of Inertia Demo

When I was talking about balancing a stick, I mentioned the moment of inertia. Moment of inertia is different than mass, but I like to call it the “rotational mass”. What does mass do? Things with larger mass are more difficult to change their motion (translational motion). A similar thing is true for the “rotational…

Friction Demo with a meterstick

This is one of my favorite demos. Easy to do and doesn’t really require any equipment. The basic idea is that you support a meter stick horizontally with two fingers. Slide your fingers in and they will both meet at the center of mass. Here is a video. Meterstick friction demo from Rhett Allain on…