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Physics of the Lathe - "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?" An age old tongue twister that has never been answered. In this rhyme, the common assumption is that the woodchuck is a small furry groundhog like creature, but there is another kind of wood chuck that is not as common but could chuck wood. Here we will explore this path of answering this age old riddle. In the production of many wood products a common manufacturing tool known as a lathe is used, and to hold the wood in the lathe a chuck is used....   [tags: physics lathe wood] 681 words
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Physics of the Eyes - Protections of the eye: The human eye is one of the most important things to a person and thus has many forms of protection. The eyelid protects the eye in three different ways: the eyelashes, the glands, and the movement of the eyelids. The eyelashes are beneficial in keeping dust and debris out of the eye. Touching the lashes will trigger the reflexive blinking mechanism. There are many different glands that are located in the eye. The Zeis gland is a gland that secretes oil. An infection in this gland results in a stye....   [tags: physics eye sight]
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Physics of the Turntable - The word turntable is the modern term used to describe what is known as the phonograph, gramophone, or record player. The first turntable was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. It was the first device used for recording and playing back sounds. Modern turntables have the same fundamental components as their ancestors, albeit slightly more sophisticated in design. This paper covers the fundamental technical aspects of modern turntables. A modern turntable basically works like this: A platter (on which the record sits) is spun by a drive system....   [tags: physics turntable music] 1224 words
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The Physics of Baseball - Swinging the Bat for Power Many people might think that swinging the bat straight through the ball would be enough to hit the ball a decent distance off the bat. There's many more mechanics involved in the swinging process. Muscle has only a small part to play in the swinging a bat for power. There are two types of mechanics involved while swinging a bat, Linear and Rotational. Rotational mechanics are the dominant source of power in the swing. Out of the rotational mechanics come the two forces that help generate the speed and power of the swing, torque and the other comes from the energy of rotation....   [tags: Sport Baseball Physics] 1526 words
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Physics of the Moon - Gravitational Force of Bodies All bodies with mass exert a gravitational pull on the bodies around them, even you and me. The larger the radius and mass of the body the larger the force. Most people know that the force of gravity on earth is much greater than on the moon, but how much larger is it, and how is gravity calculated. German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1576-1630) spent years observing the motion of planets and developed a set of laws for planetary motion. Years after his death Physicist Isaac Newton (1642-1727) used these laws to help him develop his law of universal gravitation....   [tags: physics science space] 831 words
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Physics of Submarines - Submarines have been around for longer than most people think. The first American attempts at creating a submersible boat date back to the days of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. These boats, however, turned out to be just as dangerous to the people on board as they were to the enemy boats. So the concept was put aside for a while. But in the 1890's two men named John Holland and Simon Lake built a practical underwater boat. The US Navy bought its first submarine from Mr. Holland on April 11, 1900, a date which is thought of as the birthday of the US submarine force....   [tags: physics submarine] 2121 words
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Physics of Neurons - The human nervous system is divided into two parts, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system, CNS, is just the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system, PNS, includes the nerves and neurons that extend outwards from CNS, to transmit information to your limbs and organs for example. Communication between your cells is extremely important, neurons are the messengers that relay information to and from your brain. Nerve cells generate electrical signals to transmit information....   [tags: physics neuron] 1389 words
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Physics of Skydiving - Acceleration..... Galileo demonstrated that an object falling only under the influence of gravity will experience a constant acceleration, i.e.., it gains the same amount of velocity for every additional second that it falls. (5) On earth this amounts to 32.14 ft/sec/sec, meaning that it increases its downward velocity by 32.14 ft/sec for each second that it falls. If acceleration is constant, then it follows that the downward velocity V an object experiences at any time t after the start of the fall is given by: V=g t where V=velocity (m/sec) t=time (sec) g=acceleration due to gravity One can also show that the distance d fallen after time t is: d= 1/2 gt^2...   [tags: physics skydive] 633 words
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Physics of Lightning - Lightning can be defined as a transient, high current electric discharge whose path length is generally measured in kilometers. Lightning occurs when some region of the atmosphere attains an electric charge sufficiently large that the electric fields associated with the charge cause electrical breakdown of the air. However lighting has been reported in snowstorms, sandstorms, in clouds over erupting volcanoes, and been reported to occur in the clear air. Such lightning can take place entirely within a cloud (intra cloud), between two clouds, between cloud and the earth, or between a cloud and the surrounding air....   [tags: lightning physics] 956 words
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Physics of Skydiving - The Forces at Work Gravity ... God OBVIOUSLY intended for us to skydive. After all He DID create gravity. So exactly what forces are acting on the skydiver. Well, of course there's the obvious one, the force of gravity of the Earth. This force is exerted on everything on the Earth and is exerted on the skydiver even though there is no direct contact between the skydiver and the Earth. This type of force, when two objects exert forces on one another even though they are not touching, is known as a noncontact force....   [tags: physics skydiving] 1459 words
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The Physics of a Guitar - Introduction: The guitar is a typical string instrument, whose physics are similar to many other string instruments. The main parts consist of the body, the neck, the bridge, the tuning pegs, the sound hole, and the strings. An electric guitar lacks the sound hole and instead relies on an amp for amplification. The physics of a guitar involves sound waves, how they are amplified, and how they travel. Strings: The vibration of the strings of a guitar causes the sound wave, but is not actually what you are hearing....   [tags: music, string instruments, vibration]
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The Physics of Sound - Introduction Produced sound from speakers has become so common and integrated in our daily lives it is often taken for granted. Living with inventions such as televisions, phones and radios, chances are you rarely ever have days with nothing but natural sounds. Yet, few people know the physics involved in the technology that allows us to listen to music in our living room although the band is miles away. This article will investigate and explain the physics and mechanism behind loudspeakers – both electromagnetic and electrostatic....   [tags: tv, radio, phones] 1419 words
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Physics and the Speed of Sound - The Speed of "Sound": is actually the speed of transmission of a small disturbance through a medium. The speed of sound (a) is equal to the square root of the ratio of specific heats (g) times the gas constant (R) times the absolute temperature (T). a = sqrt [g * R * T] Sonic Boom Sound generated by airflow has been around and reasearched for a long time. The increased use of fluid machines and engines has led to an increasing level of noise generation, and hence to an increasing interest in this area of research....   [tags: physics sound] 699 words
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The Physics of Basketball - ... Although, if you look at a layup you don’t use and horizontal or vertical force at all, you use the momentum from running transferred to the basketball hitting the backboard and going into the hoop. You can use Newton’s third law of motion for the layup and really everything else in basketball. That every force you exert has an equal and opposite reaction. The force of you accelerating transfers to speed, which you step and jump and that transfers into the ball which you let go of and hits the backboard and goes in....   [tags: shot, stop, spin] 744 words
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The Physics of Bridges - ... The further the supports become due to the stretching of the bridge, the weaker the beam bridge becomes, so they only span to approximately 76.2 meters on average. Therefore, this type of bridge must be able to resist twisting and bending when a heavy load is on it. Reinforced concrete and steel beams are most commonly used to make these bridges. The reinforced concrete which is strong in compression is combined with the steel beams, which strengthen the concrete in tension. These bridges can hold anything from people to cars; despite their simplicity, they can still be useful and inexpensive to build....   [tags: beam, truss, arch, suspension] 535 words
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The Physics of Music - ... As the sound is propagated outward, it is “spread” over a greater area. The minimum sound intensity that can be detected by the human ear (called the threshold of hearing) is about 10-2 W/m2. At a greater intensity of about 1W/m2, sound becomes painful to the ear. The frequency of a sound wave, seeming as pitch, is the number of compressions (or rarefactions) that pass a fixed point per unit time. The frequencies audible to the human ear range from approximately 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz. Intensity is the average flow of energy per unit time through a given area of the medium and is related to loudness, (Shipman-Wilson-Higgins, 2013)....   [tags: frequency, pitch, waves] 876 words
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Physics of Stopping a Bike - In short brakes are a tool that turn kinetic energy into heat(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brakes). This is accomplished by applying friction in one way or another. In the case of disk brakes friction is created because the braking mechanism exerts a force on the break pads which pushes them into contact with disk. It is this contact combined with the fact that the disks are rotating that causes kinetic energy to be converted to heat. If the purpose of brakes is to convert kinetic energy into heat, then in order to know how much heat the brakes make requires that we find out how much kinetic energy there is in a moving bicycle....   [tags: physics bicycle] 1355 words
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Physics of Stars - Stars are phenomenal glowing spheres that everyone has noticed in the night sky. Long ago they were poorly understood. Today, with the help from astronomers, physicists, and other space scientists, we have discovered a large amount of information about stars. These huge balls of flaming gas have many different ranges of characteristics. We can observe the many fascinating colors that may be displayed from stars. Some of them are not stars themselves, but the trillions of fragments left behind after they explode into supernova (Moreau, 2000)....   [tags: physics science space star]
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Physics of Karate - The basic ideas behind any style of karate can in general be reduced to the goal of achieving the most effective movements with the least effort. Specifically, with a strike such as a punch, kick, knife-hand or similar, the karateka attempts to move smoothly through the strikes, conserving energy towards the impact point. When thought about in terms of energy, the most common equation is that of rotational kinetic energy, or KE=(1/2)mv^2 + (1/2)Iω^2. Another way to think about a strike is to attempt to focus as much force as possible at the point of impact....   [tags: physics martial arts fighting] 1069 words
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Physics of Drums - Dating back to the slave trade the drum has been used all over the world as a means of communication and self expression. Its broad variety of users includes the early African tribes and the Native Alaskan tribes, both using them for ceremonial purposes. The Africans brought drums with them to the Americas and helped to develop their popularity among American musicians. In the mid 1900’s drum sets were brought about. These revolutionary collaborations of percussive pieces started off with a pair of hi-hats, a bass and snare drum, and a couple of tom toms....   [tags: physics music drum drums] 385 words
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Physics of Rainbows - Imagine a sky full of dark fluffy clouds. The air feels wet and sticky, and rain drops begin to fall. Soon the drops become a sheet of rain and this makes you sad because your outdoor fun is over. But, just as you turn your back to go inside, you feel the sun break through the clouds and warm your back. A smile fills your face because you realize that rain plus sun equals a rainbow. You turn around to see a glorious rainbow in the sky. As you gaze, questions begin to pop into your head. What are rainbows....   [tags: physics rainbow weather] 1081 words
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Physics of Rowing - Missing Figures "Marathon runners talk about hitting 'the wall' at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn't a wall; it's a hole - an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the windedness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness. As you pass the five-hundred-meter mark, with three-quarters of the race still to row, you realize with dread that you are not going to make it to the finish, but at the same time the idea of letting your teammates dow...   [tags: physics row boating] 1253 words
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Physics of Music - Fluid Behaviors of Sound Waves Sound is capable of being produced only if a medium is present. By this, I mean that, for there to be sound, there must be air. For a sound wave to be emitted by an instrument and be received by a listener, the instrument must excite the air around it and propagate its energy through the air, in the form of compression/longitudinal waves. When received by the listener, the waves pulse the eardrums with the same varying frequencies as they were emitted. An instrument shakes to produce its tone In instruments, air is excited and set into oscillation by vibrations....   [tags: physics music sound] 1455 words
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Physics of Basketball - James Naismith, born 11/6/1861, in Almonte, Ontario, Canada invented the greatest game of all time. Basketball was invented December 1891 at a YMCA gymnasium in Springfield, Massachusetts. The game was invented to be an indoor game for students to play during the cold winter months since there were no previous indoor game that could involve a whole class. Basketball started out with only 13 rules that were made by Naismith in 1891 and the rules have continued to grow and change up to present day....   [tags: physics sport sports basketball] 1868 words
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Physics of Snowboarding - In snowboard as in any other sport the athlete has to be thinking at all times, analyzing the situation that surrounds you, make split decisions, and even perform quick calculations in your head. Where this happens most in snowboarding is when the snowboarder is going to performs some type of aerial trick off of a jump. There are a lot of things that a snowboarder has to be aware of and be thinking about before he hits the jump. How far do I need to go to make the landing. How fast do I need to be going when I hit the jump....   [tags: physics snowboard sport sports] 499 words
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Physics and Surfing - When a wind begins to blow across a flat body of water ripples form almost immediately, then wavelets, and finally nearly fully developed waves, having almost definite wave lengths and shapes. Surface waves will also form, during calm wind, where opposing currents meet. This is known as current rips and can be dangerous for small or overloaded boats. A good estimate of the wind speed can be obtained by observing its effect on the water. For example, at 5 knots only small wavelets can be observed....   [tags: physics surf surfing] 1276 words
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Physics of Echolocation - While visiting the Grand Canyons, you couldn’t honestly tell me that you didn’t scream into the canyon just to hear your echo come back to you. Don’t be ashamed, we all do it. Many kinds of animals actually use their echo to find out where they are in a closed area or to find out if there are any other animals close by. One classic example is the bat. To understand what an echo is, you first have to understand what sound is. In Webster’s Fourth Edition College Dictionary, sound is “vibrations in air, water, etc....   [tags: physics echo echolocation] 634 words
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Physics of Rainbows - When the Sun's light is refracted on passing through tiny rain droplets falling in the air a Rainbow is formed. Rainbows only need light from the sun or the moon and a large amount of spherical raindrops to form in the atmosphere. The rainbows can be compared to mini prisms. The light is refracted ("bending of light as it passes from one medium to another") and it causes different wavelengths (or colors) of the white light to separate. Whether these wavelengths of light will pass through the raindrop or reflect depends on the angle the light strikes the back of the raindrop....   [tags: physics rainbow rainbows] 1758 words
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Physics of Robots - Definition of a Robot A Robot is a reprogramable, multi-functional manipulator designed to move material, parts, tools, or a specialized devices through variable programmed motions for the performance of variety of tasks. In order to make a robot do anything it has to have a program or a set of programs that tell it to do certain tasks. Robots come in all different shapes and sizes. Some robots have been used to try and look and behave physically like a human being. Other robots are used for home entertainments....   [tags: physics robot robots] 817 words
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Physics of Baseball - Ever wonder why a curve ball curves. Or why a bat breaks when it hits the ball. Or how exactly a homerun is hit. Here you will find the answers to these questions. I will discuss a brief history of baseball, forces that are applied in baseball, the curve ball, and what exactly happens when the ball meets the bat. In the early days of the history of baseball there were several variations of the game known as Rounders, but the game had no set of "official" rules. This game of Rounders eventually led to a game known as Town Ball and then to the game we now know as baseball....   [tags: physics sport sports baseball] 1689 words
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Physics of Baseball - Introduction Baseball is a fairly simple game, once you understand the simple mix of science involved in baseball. Also, there is much more to the game of baseball than simply hitting and pitching the ball. Here is a few bits of information about a baseball that is hit 400 feet. 1. For each 1000 feet of altitude you can add 7 Feet. 2. For each 10 degrees of air temp you can add 4 Feet. 3. For each 10 degrees of ball temp you can add 4 Feet. 4. For each 1 inch drop in Barometer you can add 6 Feet....   [tags: physics sport sports baseball] 946 words
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Physics of Beer - Carbonated beverages contain dissolved carbon-dioxide gas. The way to get gas to dissolve in liquid is to pressurize the mixture, meaning that the pressure inside a beer can is greater than the pressure outside the can. This is why you see little bubbles spray out when you open a beer can. Breaking the seal depressurizes the mixture, causing the gas to come out of solution, starting with the gas closest to the top (that's where the pressure decrease starts). Because gas is lighter than liquid, as soon as it comes out of solution, it rises to escape the can....   [tags: physics alcohol beverage] 661 words
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Physics of Paintball - Fuel For A Paintball Marker The Reason that people need a tank when they play paintball is because you need a way to force the paintballs out of the gun and this cannot be achieved effectively by just using a spring. What they decided to do was to fuel the paintballs by pushing them with a gas. The way in which they did this was to put the gases, either Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide or Nitrogen under extreme pressure until they turned into a liquid and once they are in a liquid form they can be blown into a tank which probably looks something like this....   [tags: physics paintball gun] 1008 words
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Physics of Lightning - In ancient times, lightning was seen as a tool of the gods. In Viking legend, it was Thor’s hammer striking an anvil in the sky that was responsible for lightning. For the Greeks, it was Zeus who threw lightning down to the earth. North American Indian tribes thought that lightning was produced by a mystical bird with flashing feathers whose flapping caused thunder. Even now, hundreds of years after the first scientific work with lightning, people remain in awe of its power. In the 18th century, the first systematic scientific study of lightning was carried out by Benjamin Franklin....   [tags: physics lightning thunder weather] 1382 words
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Physics of Sea Ice - Sea ice is frozen sea water. Salt ions in the water complicate the growth of ice crystals, and makes sea ice much more dynamic than freshwater ice. Sea ice covers nearly 7% of the Earth's surface, has a huge effect on global climate, and is one of the largest, single biomes on Earth. Ice is the solid, crystalline form of water, which solidifies at 0ºC. Roughly 9 polymorphs of ice are defined, only one, however, occurs naturally on Earth. This common form of ice is known as ice 1h, and its lattice displays six-fold rotational symmetry....   [tags: physice ice sea] 872 words
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History of Physics - Natural Philosophy also called philosophy of nature comes from the Latin phrase “philosophia naturalis”. Natural Philosophy is the philosophical study of the cosmos and nature’s elements and how the materials around the world are formed. There are many branches of natural philosophy including: cosmology, etiology, astronomy, probability, the study of matter, the study of elements, and many other subjects. The pioneers of natural philosophy are mainly pre-Socratic philosophers; the most famous philosophers of them were Thales, Democritus, and Aristotle....   [tags: natural philosophy, f=ma, thales]
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Physics of the Electric Guitar and Amp - A guitar is an instrument made out of wood or other wood like materials. Many things could affect the instrument's qualities, such as the types of lacquer used or what kind of strings are used. The guitar amp is an instrument in itself just as a guitar, not all amps are created equally. An amplifier allows the guitarist to express his playing to the world. Some amplifiers are made using really simple vacuum tube circuits, and others are made from really complex solid state circuitry. Not any two similar guitars will sound alike, just as how any two similar people are not exactly identical....   [tags: physics guitar amplifier] 853 words
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Physics of Soccer - What makes the ball curve: Soccer players can make the ball curve by applying a Force, kicking, to the ball that is not in the center of the ball itself. When the ball is struck on the side by a player the ball spins while it is moving forward. In the case of the picture below, the soccer ball was struck on the right side of the ball and is spinning counter-clockwise. What causes the ball to actually curve in the air is a difference in the pressures on either side of the soccer ball. On the left side of this soccer ball, the air is moving faster, than the right side, relative to the center of the ball....   [tags: physics sport sports soccer football] 703 words
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Physics of Skydiving - Could you see yourself jumping out of a perfectly good airplane traveling at 170 MPH 13,000 feet above the ground. Imagine being the first person to jump out of an airplane, entrusting your life to an unproven piece to technology. Over the past century, skydiving has grown from a madman's fantasy to a international sport. As a skydiver stands at the door of the airplane, the force of their mass multiplied by gravity is directly countered by the force of the plane pushing back up on their feet, this is know as the normal force and is shown is the equation FN = m * g As soon as the the diver exits the plane, the normal force is removed and the diver begins to fall....   [tags: physics parachute skydiver sky dive] 747 words
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Physics of the Internal Combustion Engine - Background Infromation In Cambridge England, in 1820 a man by the name of Reverend W. Cecil was explaining to fellow scientists and inventors how an internal combustion engine worked. All of his fellow colleagues just laughed at him and told him it could never be done. In 1860 Jean Joseph E'tienne Lenoir made Cecil's idea come to life by building the first practical internal combustion engine. Three years later in 1863 Lenoir built one of the worlds first gas engine cars. Ignition System Have you ever wondered how turning a simple key will start a car....   [tags: physics motor engine ICE] 622 words
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Applications of Computer Programming in Physics - Includes large program code and mathematic equations There are many times that computers can help humans do things that could not be done by hand. Many of these things can be expressed mathematically as a sum but can not be calculated on paper because of the extremely large number of simple calculations. The example that I've been working with is the sum of electric fields and the field lines they can produce. It is easy to acquire the electric field vector due to a set of charged particles at a given point, but to create a smooth line that follows those vectors requires more computing power than just a paper and pencil....   [tags: physics computer program programming] 3173 words
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Physics of Microwaves - ... Magnetrons are also mostly used in microwave ovens and it has changed everything. In 1921 it was first discovered and put into use and as the years continued it improved once again in 1940. The reasons magnetrons are used are because it allows either pulsed or continuous microwave generation with power ups to megawatts and frequencies between and 1 and 40 GHz. The efficiency percentage for this is also about 80% and lifetimes of around 5000 hours on average. In order for food to actually begin to start heating up, the microwaves must pass pass through the food and so we must delve deeper into the magnetron....   [tags: electromagnetic waves, methal heating] 982 words
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Physics of Sports - Dedication, concentration, and science. Track and field is a popular and very competitive sport around the world. Most athletes can point out the basic aspects of throwing an increment, but do they really know the juicy details. There is so much physics an athlete can be taught that sometimes some of the most important lessons can be skipped over and the athlete misses them. It is important for the coach to pay close attention to their athlete so they can pinpoint exactly l/what needs to be improved....   [tags: dedication, concentration, science]
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Physics of Incandescent Light bulbs - The incandescent light bulb, since its fairly recent invention, has quickly become a basic essential of modern technological life as we know it. It took many years to create an practical bulb despite the simplicity of its structure. I believe a majority of us take them completely for granted as a normal part of life. Early man knew the sun as his lightsource and when the sun set, he knew the moon and the stars. As his intelligence increased and he learned about the world in which he lived he became associated with fire....   [tags: physics light bulb] 1154 words
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The Physics of Cooling Techniques - There are many reasons for wanting to cool things, but whatever the reason, the Second Law of Thermodynamics dictates that cooling something will take effort (sorry, no spontaneously cool sodas). Different techniques have been developed to address this issue, each having its own limitations and ideal uses. The most commonly used method of cooling is with vapor-compression cycles, because it is fairly easy to construct a cooling device employing this method and the cost is low. In fact, conventional refrigerators use this method of cooling to keep your leftovers and drinks chilled....   [tags: thermodynamics physics refrigerator] 2370 words
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Physics of a Plane Crash - There is an old saying that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. There is a lot of truth to this statement, especially if you are the one walking away. Here are the stories of two such landings that I am personally familiar with. Since they are both very similar in nature, they will be discussed simultaneously in the pages to follow. N9KF was a Model 1 Kitfox. It was built and flown by my father. The Kitfox is an experimental, homebuilt kit plane. Every plane, like every person, has a story....   [tags: physics airplane landing land]
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The Physics of Motorcycle Roadracing - Despite what some people may think, motorcycle roadracing is not only a highly strenuous sport, but there is much more involved than just twisting the throttle and turning the handlebars. There are a number of powerful forces working on the bike and the rider. There is, of course, the downward pull of gravity, friction between the tires and the track, and centrifugal force which acts to the outside of the turn. The key to cornering at high speeds is to perfect the lean angle of the motorcycle so that the force of gravity reaches equilibrium with the centrifugal force attempting to stand the bike back up....   [tags: physics sport sports motorcycle] 971 words
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Physics of Sailing - The Hull of the boat is the frame which keeps the boat and its crew floating in the water. The mast is the tall pole that sits vertically near the center of the hull, the mast is what the sails are attached to to keep them suspended and straight. The boom is a large pole attached to the bottom part of the mast which is able to rotate up, down and side to side. The sails attach to the boom and the mast then the person controlling the main sail moves the boom around to change the direction and tension in the mainsail....   [tags: physics sport sports boating sail boat] 1562 words
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Physics of Tennis Racquets - Missing figures Tennis racquets with old type of strings did not allow power and control over the racquet at the same time. To get a powerful stroke player had to hit the ball with the area of racquet closer to the tip of the racquet (toe). To obtain control and to reduce vibration of the racquet, player had to hit the ball with the area of racquet called “sweet spot”, located around the geometric center of the head. NASA’s 1973 Skylab 3 mission showed that tapered strings can move the “sweet spot” from the center of the racquet toward the position of greater power....   [tags: physics sport sports tennis] 830 words
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Physics of Cooling Lava - On January 23rd 1973 a new volcano unexpectedly erupted in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, southwest of Iceland. The new volcano was a fissure 1.25 miles long and only 1100 yards from the center of town, also named Vestmannaeyjar. The new volcano was named Heimaey. The town was mostly evacuated over the next few days and the lava slowly flowed towards town and the mouth of the harbor for the next seven months. Vestmannaeyjar is the only good harbour in that part of Iceland, and was the base for a large fishing fleet that produces a significant part of Iceland’s GNP....   [tags: physics lava volcano] 853 words
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Physics of Salsa Dancing - Salsa has become an ever more popular dance in the United States, especially with the emergence of Latin artists including Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira. Go to any club or ballroom dance and you will hear a pulsating beat moving you out of your chair and onto the floor. Even Broadway has been affected by Latin music. For instance, Cell Block Tango in the smash hit Chicago has a driving Latin beat. It doesn't matter if you are partying in Miami or sipping martinis in Massachusetts, Salsa has invaded America and taken a grip on the culture....   [tags: physics salsa dance dancing] 905 words
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Physics Behind Basic Animation - Animation Animation is a series of images that are places one after another to produce the illusion of movement. Just like most art forms it takes practice to become really good at animating. Computers have helped to make animation a quicker and simpler process then it once was. Now computers have been used in almost every animated film that has come out in the last ten years. Because of this animation quality has improve dramatically to the point that animated characters are serving as major characters in many of the top movies today....   [tags: physics animation animate cartoon] 2790 words
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Physics of Hang Gliding - Hang gliders have been around since the the 1800's, though the concepts of flight were not fully understood then, and very few, if any successful flights were made. They began to be practically used around the 1950's as a branch off of American aerospace research. These first designs were known as parawings, and were developed by Francis and Gertrude Rogallo. Early gliders had wooden or bamboo frames and polythene sails, which is primitive when compared to the new materials used in today's gliders, which will be discussed in further detail later....   [tags: physics sport sports] 1842 words
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Physics of Black Holes - Black holes - the strange scientific phenomenon that has astounded physicists and astronomers alike for decades. Popular subjects in science fiction novels, black holes are one of the greatest enigmas of the scientific world. Even today, the concept of a super-dense ball of matter that not even light can escape from is somewhat farfetched, and many scientists disagree with each other about nearly every aspect of a black hole. This project will attempt to shed some light on these mysterious formations, and will inform you the reader of the most popular and widely accepted theories surrounding them....   [tags: physics space black holes] 841 words
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Physics of White Dwarfs - A collision where one party collides with another and leaves the scene is considered to be illegal in the United States. If a white dwarf would collide with the sun this would be the exact case. It would take around an hour for the white dwarf to go completely through the sun and then after causing great destruction and changing the chemical and physical properties of the sun it would just continue on its path and leave behind massive destruction. The first time a white dwarf and main sequence collisions were studied it was done by Michael Shara, Giora Shaviv and Oded Regev at Tel Aviv University and then Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa....   [tags: physics space white dwarf star] 948 words
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Physics of Dog Mushing - Acceleration/Velocity Acceleration and velocity are mostly dependent on the number of dogs, the quality of the dogs, and how well the dogs have been trained, but it also can depend on friction and inertia. The lager mass an object has the the more weight it has and the more inertia it has. Weight effects acceleration by increasing friction. Friction is f = µN where µ is the coefficient of friction, N is the normal force, and f is friction. The normal force is equal to mass times gravity assuming no other downward forces are applied....   [tags: sport Physics Dogs Dog Racing] 1019 words
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Physics of Rock Climbing - Anchor systems are vital for a climber and whether or not an anchor is secure can mean the difference between life or death for the climber. Good anchors are not difficult to set up and all they require is a little experience in setting up and some common sense. We will anaylze the forces generated in two different types of anchor systems. Another factor in the forces generated in an anchor system that can be applied to both systems is that of the angles involved in the system. The greater the angle at the bottom of the anchor system, where the rope attaches to the anchor, the greater the force that is exerted on each anchor point....   [tags: physics sport sports rock climbing] 1264 words
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Solar Physics - The star we call the Sun has a number of small objects circling around it. Many other stars in our Galaxy have objects orbiting them too and astronomers have recently discovered a few of these other systems already. The largest members of the Sun's family are called planets, and one of these we call home. That planet, Earth, has many unique characteristics that enable life to exist on it. What are the other planets like. We have learned more about our solar system in the past few decades than probably any other field of astronomy....   [tags: solar physics] 1517 words
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Nuclear Physics - The Nucleus of an atom consists of protons, and neutrons. A proton has a charge of positive one while a neutron has no electric charge at all and both have a mass of one atomic mass unit. These two particles are known as nucleons. On the outside of the nucleus electrons can be found. These electrons have a charge of negative one and a mass that is negligible because of how small it is compared to the nucleons. The discovery of the electron showed that the atom might have an internal structure. It was originally thought to be a conglomerate or "plum pudding" as it was called....   [tags: physics nuclear] 1184 words
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Physics of the Browning M2 .50 Cal - The Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun is better known as the 'Ma Duce' to those who have had the pleasure of firing this heavy barrel machine gun. In 1919 John M. Browning developed the M2 .50 cal as an anti-aircraft weapon. The M2 was first introduced into the United States Military in 1933 and is used by many militaries through out the world today. Since 1933 there have been little changes made to this weapon system. The BMG (Browning Machine Gun) is a crew served, belt fed, air-cooled, recoil operated machine gun capable of firing in single shot or fully automatic....   [tags: physics machine gun] 1102 words
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Physics of How Tires Throw Rocks - Many of us have gotten rock chips, but how many of us understand how those pesky rocks hit our windshield. A common misconception is that the car in front of us throws rocks "backward" and hits the following car's windshield. A rolling tire cannot throw a rock backwards. A tire is a rolling object, thus every point along the tire is moving forwards. There is no force going in a backwards direction. Only direction part of a rolling object can go is a combination of up or down, and forward. The velocity of the rock at any given point can be determined by adding it's translational velocity at the center of mass (the orange arrow) with it's rotational velocity....   [tags: physics tire rock] 419 words
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Physics of the Atomic Bomb - The atomic bomb (also known as the atom bomb, A-bomb , or nuclear bomb) has a destructive power created by the fission of either uranium or plutonium. But, not any isotope of uranium can be used. Only U235 is used in the production of an atom bomb. U235 is very hard to come by due to the fact that it is only present within 0.7% of all natural uranium. In order to separate the U235 isotope from natural uranium a process of enrichment is used. The uranium must be enriched to 90% for actual use in a bomb....   [tags: physics atom atomic bomb nuclear a-bomb] 725 words
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Physics: Is It Really Genuine Knowledge? - ... Impressions are obtained directly from the senses. That is to say, the pain of burning your hand is an impression as it is occurring, but when you recollect the memory it is an idea. In effect, impressions hold much more vivid senses since memories become increasingly vague. Furthermore, without impressions, there would be no ideas. Because all ideas originate from a combination of impressions, the only genuine knowledge we can certain of is that which can be broken down into impressions. As an example, take a grey cloud....   [tags: conference, agreement, issues, relationships] 1234 words
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The Physics of Throwing a Football - The physics and science that go into throwing a football are very complicated. You must take into account all of the factors around you, as well as figure out the best angle to send the ball where it needs to be. Throwing a deep ball is all about using the right angle with the right amount of force. I want to find out at which angle is the best to throw the ball the farthest. The angles I will test will be a low angle at 15˚, a medium angle at 45˚, and a high angle at 75˚. The force throwing the ball will be the same and the tight spiral will be assumed constant, so the only factor changing will be the angle at which the ball is being thrown....   [tags: parabola, gravity, football]
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Role of Physics in Sports - The motions of throwing, batting, and fielding will be presented in physics terms and ideas. Physics plays a big role in sports. One particular sport is softball, where we will be seeing different motions represented. First, we are going to look at the two different types of throwing. There is the regular over-hand throw and there is also the pitching style. When looking at the regular over-hand throw and the pitching style of throwing, many of the same concepts apply to both. In pitching, there are three main issues involved....   [tags: Sports] 1194 words
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Applications of Physics in Daily Life - In real life situations, there are many applications of physics. Physics is applied in almost everything we do and everything around us from household chores, in school and in professional practices like engineering. It ranges from simple applications like boiling water to complex professional ones like road and rail construction. Some of the most common applications are as discussed below. Water and well pumps Water and well pumps are utilized to draw water from a profundity where the water table is a few feet underneath the range of provision....   [tags: water pumps, motor coolant, auto breaking]
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The Physics of Cheating in Baseball - My science report is about whether a corked aluminum bat hits a ball farther than a regular aluminum bat. But first before I get into that boring science stuff, I’ll tell you about the history of baseball. Baseball originated in American before the Civil War (1861-1865) the game was called rounders and was played in sand lots. The first professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869. During the 1950’s and 60’s the MLB really took off, it was a time for expansion for the American league and National league....   [tags: bat, corking, distance]
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Physics: The History of Backscatter Ratherfod - ... The amount of energy lost depends on the braking power of the material . A particle will also lose energy after the collision itself. The loss of collision depends on the mass of the projectile to the target atoms . The ratio of the energy of the projectile before and after collision is called kinematic factor . The number of backscattering events occurring from a given element in a sample depends on two factors : the concentration of the element and the effective size of its kernel . The likelihood that a material will cause a collision is called the scattering cross section ....   [tags: particles, energy, atoms] 646 words
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Motion: Physics and Seat Belts - The scientific term of ‘motion’ is been one of the strangest phenomenon known in the history of physics. Since the end of the 17th century, the vast improvements in the technology and society have evolved the meaning of the word motion in terms of physics from ‘a simple movement’ to ‘a change in position, if acted upon by an unbalanced force’. In modern physics, motion is the change in position of an object with respect to its time and its reference point. Motion can be described as both scalar and vector quantity in relation to displacement, speed, direction, velocity, acceleration and time....   [tags: Position, Inertia, Seat Belts]
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The Fundamental Physics of Swimming - Physics can be applied to every movement, job, sport and task that we perform every day. Perhaps one of the most difficult sports in my opinion is competitive swimming. Swimmers work against many forces as defined later in this paper to move their bodies through the water. The most common swimming techniques and or strokes include the: front crawl, back stroke, breaststroke, butterfly stroke, sidestroke and the dog paddle. Swimming isn’t exactly natural for humans with the exception of being in the womb....   [tags: Newton's laws of motion, hydrodynamics]
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Basic Transistor Physics - The first transistor was demonstrated on Dec. 23, 1947, at Bell Labs by William Shockley. This new invention consisting of P type and N type semiconductive materials (in this case germanium) has completely revolutionized electronics. Transistors quickly replaced vacuum tubes in almost all applications (most notably those in discrete logic). Today when we think of transistors the first thing that comes to mind is computers. Advances in transistor technology and manufacturing processes as well as new materials being used for the semiconductor matrix and wiring have led to smaller, faster, cheaper, lower power transistors....   [tags: physics electronics transistor] 1531 words
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The Physics of Playing Golf - The impact During the impact between the club head and the golf ball there is large force acting on the ball which causes it to deform. A player will ideally want to launch the ball in the highest possible speed. The one value we can measure for deformation is the coefficient of restitution (further on as ‘COR’). The COR is defined as the ability of one object to transfer energy to another at impact, between 0.0 for perfectly inelastic collision and 1.0 for perfectly elastic. In golf, it describes the ability of the golf club to transfer energy to the ball at impact....   [tags: impact, speed, shaft]
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Physics of Ski Waxing - Skiing is one of the things to do during the winter, here in Canada. It is also cheap and easy to start, since there are ski-tracks almost everywhere and it is possible to find used skis for less then $50. Skis are pretty simple in design. Originally they were designed just as the snow shoes, though today they are much more advanced. (Wikipedia) Skis can be used just after you bought them, without doing anything to them. However, if you want your skis to perform to their best, simple maintenance needs to be performed....   [tags: physics sport sports ski skiing wax] 1023 words
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Physics of Personal Watercraft - Personal Watercrafts or "jet skis" are basically Personal Watercraft (PWC) are basically small inboard boats able to travel at high speeds due to large amounts of power and very light weight. Alomst all PWC's are under 600 lbs and most of todays PWC's have at least 90 hp.Not only are PWC's some of the fastest water vehicles they are also some of the most maneuverable water vehicles. This is because PWC's propultion is based on a jet that also is it's turning mechanism. When the driver turns the handlebars the jet (via cables) turns in the direction of the handlebars so the stern is pushed in the opposite direction....   [tags: physics sport sports boat jet ski pwc] 856 words
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Acoustic Waves in Physics - ... [5] After reading the first paragraphs you may be wondering why are acoustic waves so important in normal life or “why would I ever need this equation?’ Acoustic waves are important because sound is all around us. When you think of the word “acoustic” a few words may come to mind. Guitars, stereos, and many other items involve acoustic waves. For example, when the bass on a stereo is turned all the way up you may hear the bass and that will then cause the ground to shake. This is because the greater the amplitude of an acoustic wave the louder the sound it produces....   [tags: variations, moleculas, compression] 678 words
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Conservatism and Innovation: A New Perspective on the Scientific Realism Debate - In this thesis I propose a new philosophical framework for the philosophy of physics as an alternative to the existing scientific realism and antirealism debate. Such reconsideration of the debate is warranted by the widely shared perception of a disconnect between the philosophy and the practices it purports to describe. Specifically, I offer a shift in focus from analysis of the justificatory practices of physicists to an examination of the methodologies evident in the presentation of theories....   [tags: Physics] 898 words
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The Physics Of A Crystal - The Physics of a Crystal Most simple chemical compounds consist of crystals. If you were to examine a lump of crystalline material very closely, you would be able to see tiny individual crystals. All crystals have a definite geometric shape, determined by the way the atoms are linked together. Mineralogists recognize 32 different classes of crystal, which are grouped into seven crystal systems. Crystal systems are described by their axis, which are imaginary lines that join the center of opposing faces of a crystal....   [tags: essays research papers] 337 words
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The Physics of a Capacitor - Today in modern life, humans make use of many objects that have certain devices that they are not even aware of how they work or what their main function is. One of these devices that is used a lot without knowing their existence is what is called a "capacitor." Many people have heard the word capacitor, but also many do not even have an idea of what it means or what is the use for it. In this research, I will concentrate on explaining the physics of a capacitor and describing the main types of capacitors that exist today....   [tags: Technology Research Capacitor] 1004 words
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Experimental and numerical study on the Effect of Mixture Composition on Vented Explosions - A parametric set of vented explosion experiments for three mixtures, stoichiometric propane-air, methane-air and 18.0 vol. % hydrogen-air were performed. The three mixtures each displayed various physical phenomena and behaviors and their similarities and differences were identified. A physics based CFD model was developed, using a small subset of the experimental data, with a single set of empirical coefficients for all three mixtures. The model takes into account the effect of turbulence, flame instabilities and the Rayleigh-Taylor instability on flame propagation and pressure generation....   [tags: Physics]
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Quantum Mechanics and its Principals - What is quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is the science of things so small that quantum reality has an effect. Quantum means ‘discrete amount or portion’. Max Planck discovered in 1900 that you couldn’t get any smaller than a certain amount of anything. This minimum amount is now called a Planck unit. Niels Bohr, the father of the orthodox ‘Copenhagen Interpretation’ of quantum physics once said, “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Quantum Mechanics is a complex and hard-to-grasp area of science; many theories surround this vague study....   [tags: Physics]
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