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No, the Death Star Isn’t Impossibly Big in the Rogue One Poster. We Did the Math

People are complaining about the size of the Death Star in the Rogue One poster. Here’s how you could actually make that picture. The post No, the Death Star Isn’t … Continue Reading →


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

Here is a stunt that launches humans into the air with a giant slingshot. The humans then parachute down. It’s a great introductory physics problem. The post Hey Let’s Do … Continue Reading →


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How to Use Python to Teach High School Physics

I recently facilitated two workshops for high school teachers to introduce them to python in physics. Here are my lessons learned. The post How to Use Python to Teach High … Continue Reading →


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Here’s How Fast Harry Potter‘s Treasure Trap Would Kill You

In this scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a magical trap creates treasure that continuously multiplies. How long would it take to fill a room? The post Here’s … Continue Reading →


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Physics Says The BFG Shouldn’t Just Look Like a Giant Human

In the movie The BFG, a giant looks like a human but just bigger. But big things are not the same as small things. The post Physics Says The BFG … Continue Reading →


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If Y’all Keep This Up, Every Baby Will Be Named Rhett by 2020

I have noticed an increase in the use of “Rhett” as a name. This leads to the question: When will all children be named Rhett? The post If Y’all Keep … Continue Reading →


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Jay Leno Can’t Do Flips in a Car and Not Expect Us to Do the Physics

In this video, Jay Leno rides with Bob Riggle in a high power car. The car pulls a wheelie and then ends up rolling. Here is the physics behind both … Continue Reading →


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We Can Prove Why Extra Mass on Bike Wheels Is Your Worst Enemy

There’s a saying that adding mass to the wheel of a bike has twice the impact compared to adding the same mass to the frame. Why would that be true? … Continue Reading →


The Punishing Physics of Your Favorite Ninja Warrior Stunts

Here are five great examples of physics from Ninja Warrior. The post The Punishing Physics of Your Favorite Ninja Warrior Stunts appeared first on WIRED.