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Sonic Boom

They sound like thunder, but they're not. They're sonic booms, concentrated blasts of sound waves created as vehicles travel faster than the speed of sound. To understand how the booms are created, ... Continue reading

Coming In Strong On Your AM Dial

The AM radio dial would be nothing but chaos and noise without a very basic rule - turn down the power at night. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) controls and regulates the airwaves in the ... Continue reading

AM Wave Deflection

Newton's Three Laws of Motion

The motion of an aircraft through the air can be explained and described by physical principals discovered over 300 years ago by Sir Isaac Newton. Newton worked in many areas of mathematics and ... Continue reading

Sir Issac Newton

Somewhere Over Which Rainbow?

How many rainbows are there really when we only see one during a rainstorm? The answer isn't as simple as you might think! Rainbows are formed when light enters a water droplet, reflects once inside ... Continue reading

Double rainbow, note the color reversal in the faint, secondary rainbow.

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