Sunday, July 31, 2011

August at FCP: (1) If you drop an object, it accelerates downward with the free fall acceleration g. Are there situations where it could have a greater acceleration? Yes, including one in which you may have been the falling object. (2) Pub trick: crazy raisin dance in champagne. (3) Physics in art: rays of Buddha in an 1856 painting by Tomas Seddon. (4) Can you balance a baseball bat on its head by tossing the bat into the air? Can you balance upside down on two fingers? (5) My old article that relates the snapping of pencil points to the fracturing of falling chimneys.

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