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Hey Let’s Do the Physics of a Crazy Person Launching From a Huge Slingshot
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Hey Let’s Do the Physics of a Crazy Person Launching From a Huge Slingshot

This video is just asking to be a physics problem on my final exam. Here we have someone launched into the air with a slingshot. The fellow then opens a parachute and floats back to Earth. I’m not saying I would do this event, but it’s a great physics problem. How Fast, […]

The Physics of Cars Catching Insane Air Off a Bump in a Highway
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The Physics of Cars Catching Insane Air Off a Bump in a Highway

It’s not even summer yet, but it’s hot enough in Minnesota to cause a highway to buckle. Many cars flew right over it. It looks dangerous. I hope there aren’t any injuries, but I’m sure there will be cars with suspension problems. Now for some physics. Why does the road […]

Physics Says Hollywood Shrank the Angry Birds for Their Leading Roles
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Physics Says Hollywood Shrank the Angry Birds for Their Leading Roles

The analysis of a video game can be a game in itself. The process of trying to figure out the underlying physics engine in a game is just like science—but much cheaper. It’s been a while since I’ve explored the mechanics in Angry Birds (the game), but I have quite […]

No, Jose Ramirez’s Helmet Doesn’t Defy the Laws of Physics
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No, Jose Ramirez’s Helmet Doesn’t Defy the Laws of Physics

The Internet loves a great video. In today’s clip we see José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians sliding into second base. But wait! His hat (I’m calling it a hat not a helmet because no one has a magic helmet) falls off and hits his foot. Magically, the hat appears to […]