PHYSICS 101

  
     To stand at the edge of an ocean is to face an eternity of waves and water, a shroud covering seven-tenths of the Earth.
Hidden below are mountain ranges and canyons that rival anything on land. There you will find the Earth's largest habitat, home to billions of plants and animals – the vast majority of the living things on the planet.

     Believe it or not, marine research and oceanic exploration utilizes a variety of physical science concepts ranging from Archimedes principle on bouyancy to the Bernouilli effect, fluid dynamics and submarine design.  The movement of oceanic currents across the surface of the Earth is actually caused by differences in water density created by temperature, heat exchange and water chemistry.  Exploring the deep ocean realm would not be possible without a better understanding of the effects of pressure on gases and solids not to mention the human body.  The list is quite extensive.

     Below you will find an assortment of featured articles, videos and activities that complement the High School Physics Program.  Follow the links to learn more.

 The Physics of Battle (Physics)
     Catapult physics is basically the use of stored energy to hurl a projectile (the payload), without the use of an explosive. The three primary energy storage mechanisms are tension, torsion, and gravity. The catapult has proven to be a very effective weapon during ancient times, capable of inflicting great damage. The main types of catapults used were the trebuchet, mangonel, onager, and ballista. These types of catapults will be described, and pictures and illustrations will be included
 
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 Water Bottle Rockets (Physics)
     Launching a 2 liter water bottle from a stationary platform is not as easy as it sounds.  Several science classes struggled with the task of designing a propulsion system for an object that is arguably not meant to "fly".  Well, the wait is over and with great anticipation I am adding this segment to the high school physics class.  Students in our high school physics program were assigned the task of designing a bottle rocket propulsion/launch system using compressed air.  We have now expanded our choice of propulsion systems to include a combination of compressed air and...wait for it.... water.  That's right, water.  Follow the links below to find out how we were able to accomplish this goal.
 
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 The 300 mph Ping Pong Gun (Physics)
     No, this is not a misprint.  When students were given the assignment to design and construct a potato cannon or "Spud Gun" they were encouraged to consider other options or design choices.  One adventurous team of student engineers found this intriguing article on how to make a 300 mph ping pong gun.  Although we were admittedly quite sceptical we quickly found a You Tube video highlighting a similar design and needless to say we were immediately hooked.  Follow the links to witness what we were able to come up with.
 
PING PONG GUN
 The Catapult Contest (Physical Science)
     The Annual Catapult Contest is for many the realization of a dream come true...designing, building and implementing your very own weapon of mass disruption!  This interdisciplinary project explores the inner workings of simple machines and their application in medieval warfare.  Students will be venturing into medieval history, mathematical equations for computing trajectory, distance and velocity while learning how to wield a mighty hammer, saw or power drill for the first time.  This project concludes with a contest on the field of battle where students observe firsthand whether or not their siege machine actually works.   i
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