When a cable is supported by the two ends, it will hang down a bit depending on the tension in the cable. How can you model this cable sag with a computer? The post Let’s Do the Shocking Physics of Why Power Lines Sag appeared first on WIRED.
Numerical calculations are such an integral part of real world physics that it would be wrong to not include them in the intro courses. The post You Physics Teachers Really Ought to Teach Numerical Calculations appeared first on WIRED.
When a planet has a ring system, you will often see gaps in the rings. Can these ring gaps be modeled numerically? The post Let's Use Physics to Model the Gaps in Saturn's Rings appeared first on WIRED.
Vectors are pretty important in the introductory physics course. Here are some tips on using python to teach vectors. The post Wanna Learn About Vectors? Just Let Python Do the Work appeared first on WIRED.
Here is a numerical calculation to determine the path between two points that gives the quickest time - the Brachistochrone problem. The post Let's Tackle a Classic, Wicked Physics Problem. It'll Be Fun—Promise appeared first on WIRED.
If you ever need to pull a heavy object with a rope, there is a simple physics trick that can give you greater tension. The post Pull a Car From a Ditch With the Super-Strength of Physics appeared first on WIRED.
A physics-based analysis of that scene from the new Star Trek movie. The post The Physics of Throwing a Starship Off a Cliff to Make It Fly appeared first on WIRED.
Modeling the motion of a pendulum is often included in introductory physics courses, but it's not as easy as you think. The post Modeling a Pendulum's Swing Is Way Harder Than You Think appeared first on WIRED.