Thursday, January 19, 2012

January stories at the main FCP site: (1) Pouring tea on a rotating platform involves a noninertial frame and some fictitious forces that make the falling stream take on weird shapes. (2) A golf ball is sent skipping over water much like a stone, and then it remarkably hunts out the cup and falls into it. (3) Put trick: oil blobs in water take on strange behavior when salted. (4) Balance physics: a man balances over 3000 coins on a single American dime.

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Blogger shakenbake said...

great site jearl! never knew about third-order rainbows until now, very nice. I was wondering how long it takes to finish your book "fundamentals of physics" from chapter 1 to the last. It takes 3-4 months? Perhaps you can give a min-average range? Finishing that book means an undergraduate knowledge of physics, or? Thanks

8:54 PM  
Blogger Jearl Walker said...

Normally a new edition of the textbook takes 3 years. However, for the upcoming new edition, I have only about 11 months. So, I am working about 90 hours a week on it.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Jearl Walker said...

Oh, sorry. You mean, how long is required to read and study the book? My students cover most of the classical physics (motion, sound, electromagnetism, optics, thermo) in 9 months (one school year). Those that then continue with the quantum physics take another 3 months.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Anyiam Gideon said...

Gread job!! Prof.Jearl! Must confess that ur book "fundamentals of physics" coupled with questions from the "flying circus of physics", has been of tremendous help in providing me with sound knowledge of the subject.
Pls what does it take to make an outstanding impact in the field of science and engineering!?

2:40 AM  

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