Archive for the 'Physics' Category

Fun with Physics

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Physics Girl: Bizarre Spinning Toys. (YouTube, 5:23)

“Spinning toys and tops have unusual behaviors. The famous tippe top flips itself over and spins on its stem. The PhiTOP stands up on its end, which you can also do with a hard-boiled egg. These behaviors all have to do with torque and angular momentum, like a bicycle wheel precessing around a rope due to gyroscopic behavior.”

Dancing water droplets in an air bubble inside a water bubble in space

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Smarter Every Day 160: The WALKING WATER Mystery (in SPACE and SLOW MOTION!). (YouTube, 12min)

Destin Sandlin explains why you often see water droplets dance or bounce on the surface of water instead of coalescence occurs.

This video features astronaut Don Pettit, who did a cool experiment in space: He attached a big water bubble to a speaker, then inserted an air bubble into it. When he played cello music (by Yo-Yo Ma) through the speaker, little water droplets would detach from the water and bounce around inside the air bubble. You can see it in the above video starting right here.

Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded.

Friday, October 21st, 2016

NPR the two-way: Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says.

“”Estimates are that Schiaparelli dropped from a height of between 2 and 4 kilometers, therefore impacting at a considerable speed, greater than 300 km/h [186 mph]. The relatively large size of the feature would then arise from disturbed surface material. It is also possible that the lander exploded on impact, as its thruster propellant tanks were likely still full.””

From a catastrophe to a new theory

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Physics Girl: The Ultraviolet Catastrophe.

“How did the field of quantum mechanics come about in the first place? The Rayleigh-Jeans catastrophe, also known as the ultraviolet catastrophe was a prediction by the Rayleigh-Jeans law that a blackbody would radiate infinite amounts of ultraviolet light. It wasn’t until Max Planck came along and predicted that light came in packets or quanta that the field of quantum mechanics emerged and unintentionally solved the ultraviolet catastrophe.”

Das Dreikörperproblem

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

… musste ich in meinem dritten Semester an der Uni für den Schein in theoretischer Physik Mechanik programmieren. Das sah natürlich längst nicht so schick aus wie diese Website, und davon abgesehen hatte ich einen Fehler im Programm, den ich erst nach mehreren Tagen gefunden habe – es war ein Vorzeichenfehler.

PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado: My Solar System. (Flash)

You can simulate the orbits of two, three or four objects and change the mass, initial position and velocity for each one individually. Try to find stable or chaotic orbits!