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When a magnet is moved by a coil of wires, you can induce an electric current. This is the principle behind how most of the electricity is produced in the world; it’s just a question of where you get the energy to move the magnets. Every time a magnet passes the coil, a small amount of electricity is created, which makes the LED lights briefly flash on. Continue reading
Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they’re learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere. Continue reading
Dr. Massa and the great Orbax solve a projectile motion problem.
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We’re always learning more about far away galaxies and exoplanets, but we still have some pretty big mysteries hanging out here in the solar system, like why Venus spins the way it does. Continue reading
Teacher’s guide This is a step-by-step timetable for the Nobel Prize Lesson about a 2018 Nobel Prize. This lesson package consists of four parts: a slide show with a speaker’s manuscript for the teacher, a student worksheet, two short videos and this teacher’s guide. The lesson is designed to take 45 minutes. Teacher’s_guide (PDF file 63K) […] Continue reading
First Canadian woman to win coveted award, for her pioneering work in laser development
Source: Canada’s Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize, one of only three women to ever win
From asteroids capable of destroying entire species to supernovae that could exterminate life on Earth, outer space has no shortage of forces that could wreak havoc on our planet. But there’s something in space that is even more terrifying than any of these — something that wipes out everything it comes near. Continue reading
I’ve been making major updates and changes to my materials in the intro physics course this year. It is the first year we are teaching a yearlong physics class to everyone (10th graders) in my school as the result of a big curriculum redesign in science, and the first time back to teaching a course like this in a few years for me. I will try to update this blog with each of the new activities and changes as I have time. First up: the kinematics stacks of curves.
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Source: Stacks of Kinematics Curves as a Card Sort