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Reading assignment

pp. 130-143 Don’t Try this…; Ch. 17 ISMP

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Reading assignment

Ch. 14 ISMP

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Apollo 13

I’m torn this week. I would normally show 2001: A Space Odyssey at this point in the semester. It’s an absolutely classic film, which has been parodied so many times that even people who haven’t seen it know many of … Continue reading

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Ch. 4 homework

Problems #2 & 7 of Ch. 4 in Don’t Try this… Due: Oct. 16

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Reading assignment

Ch. 4 Don’t Try this at Home; Ch. 15 ISMP

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Avengers: Infinity War

Assignment: Although we must be willing to accept some flaunting of the laws of physics to truly enjoy any superhero movie, I still expect you, as students of physics, to be able to spot obvious flaws. For this week’s assignment, I … Continue reading

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Ch. 2 homework

Problems #1 & 3 of Ch. 2 in Don’t Try this… Due: Oct. 7

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Reading assignment

Ch. 2 Don’t Try this at Home; Ch. 5 & 6 ISMP

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To the Stars… Or At Least the Outer Solar System

This week’s feature film was Ad Astra, which, by the way, is a fantastic title for a movie. It’s Latin for “to the stars,” though it is commonly part of a longer phrase, “ad astra per aspera” or “to the … Continue reading

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Armageddon

OK, there are plenty of things to criticize about this movie from a physics perspective, but at least they get off on the right foot. The opening sequence describes pretty well the event most scientists believe killed off the dinosaurs … Continue reading

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