Category Archives: Just for Fun

Programming Games with Python

I’ll be giving a talk at the Science Olympiad Nationals being held here at UW-Stout on gaming physics engines. I thought I’d put up a few resources related to my talk and add some resources on how to get started … Continue reading

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Why is Multiplication Harder than Addition?

I’m in the process of writing a couple of blog posts about slide rules, and an interesting questions occurred to me, which spawned this post. Why is addition so much easier than multiplication? The power of slide rules comes from … Continue reading

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Students Are Not Customers

The latest trend among college administrators is to say we need to be treating our students like customers. The idea is that educators need to improve “customer service” in order to give students a better educational experience. This model doesn’t … Continue reading

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Mystery Streak During Venus Transit

My colleague, Alan Scott, went out with a telescope yesterday to view the transit of Venus across the Sun. He caught a mysterious streak which appears to be passing near the Sun. ¬†This is an awesome (and serendipitous) video. ¬†Great … Continue reading

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Candle Burning Underwater

I can’t claim credit for this video, but my friend Matt caught this on high-speed and I think it is pretty incredible. Candle Burning Underwater from Matt Kuchta on Vimeo. The amazing thing is that the flame separates from the … Continue reading

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How Schlieren Imaging Works

If you’ve ever seen the wavering air above a hot road, or the heat shimmer over a hot kettle you’re already half-way to making a Schlieren image. In physics you very rarely ever directly measure the thing you are interested … Continue reading

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Cool Video of the Day

I was playing around with the high speed camera dropping a ball into water, looking for cavitation. I noticed that sometimes the ball would enter the water without any air bubbles and other times the the ball would generate a … Continue reading

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