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Does Your Brain Do Flips?

You may not be aware of it, but when you look at the world, the image projected on your retina is upside down. This is due to the optics used by our eyes. Our brain compensates for this upside down ... Continue reading

Normal Sight: Normal ray tracing of light to the retina. Shows image will 'flip'.

With Pinhole: Ray tracing of pin through pinhole; a shadow is cast on the retina.

Nuclides & Isotopes

An atom that has an unbalanced ratio of neutrons to protons in the nucleus seeks to become more stable. The unbalanced or unstable atom tries to become more stable by changing the number of neutrons ... Continue reading

The Physics of Sandcastles

Give a plastic bucket and a shovel to a child, then turn her loose on a beach full of sand. She'll happily toil the day away building the sandcastle to end all sandcastles. It's pure fun. It's also ... Continue reading

So much going on in a grain of sand.

Newton's First Law of Motion

Sir Isaac Newton first presented his three laws of motion in the 'Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis' in 1686. His first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion ... Continue reading

The story of Isaac Newton discovering the laws of gravity by watching apples falling from a tree is probably just a myth. He did do his work on gravity while at a farm, but that is about as much as can be proven.

More Physics Facts


Atmospheric :

  1. Coming In Strong On Your AM Dial
  2. Does Earth Have Its Own Neon Sign?
  3. Somewhere Over Which Rainbow?
  4. Sonic Boom
  5. The Coriolis Effect
  6. The Doppler Effect
  7. The Sound of Turbulence
  8. Your Own Personal Rainbow?

Classical Mechanics:

  1. Can You Miss the Earth?
  2. Don't Make Waves
  3. What Makes a Frisbee Fly?
  4. Why Does A Golf Ball Have Dimples?
  5. Your Serve

Electricity:

Fundamentals:

  1. Bizarre Boiling
  2. Galileo Thermometers
  3. Get the Point?
  4. How Fast is Mach 1?
  5. How Lasers Work
  6. Kinetic Theory of Gases
  7. Many Happy Returns!
  8. Newton's First Law of Motion
  9. Newton's Three Laws of Motion
  10. The Fourth State of Matter
  11. The Physics of Sandcastles
  12. The Weakest Force
  13. Tick-Tock Atomic Clock
  14. Torque
  15. What Is An Atom?
  16. What Is Radiofrequency Energy (Rf)?
  17. X-Rays - Another Form of Light

Magnetism:

  1. Earth's Magnetism

Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos:

  1. Poincare's Chaos

Optics:

  1. Delivered by TIR
  2. Does Your Brain Do Flips?
  3. Quick Change Artist
  4. Single Molecule Electroluminescence
  5. Ultraviolet Light

Quantum Mechanics:

  1. Antimatter Discovery
  2. Neutrinos to the Rescue
  3. Quarks
  4. The Early Universe Soup
  5. The Equivalence Principle
  6. The World's Largest Laser

Radioactivity:

  1. Carbon Dating From The Skies
  2. Fission and Fusion
  3. Nuclides & Isotopes
  4. When Do We Encounter Ionizing Radiation In Our Daily Lives?

Solid State:

  1. Can Wint-O-Green Lifesavers® Light up Your Life?

Thermodynamics:

  1. Ultraviolet Light