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Welcome to Physics Class

What I enjoy the most about doing physics is doing labs where fun physics experiments can be carried out to show physics in motion. A couple of the labs we have had so far were exploring the way that forces such as gravity worked. I find that even though I have taken physics a couple of years ago, I am still finding out new topics and more ways of how physics can be applied.

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Uber Rocket

Uber rocket was an interesting physics problem that focused on projectile motion and kinematic motion. Algebra Alex decided to launch Hamster Huey, the main mass, into the air using a model rocket. The rocket was launched over level ground, traveled in a straight-line path while the engine burned. Soon a parachute opened, the rocket instantly changed speed, and descended with the wind blowing it west. By using Algebra and kinematic equations given in class I was able to find the total distance that the rocket, and Hamster Huey, had traveled. Scroll through the attached pdf to learn more in detail about the methods I used and to see a diagram of the problem.

Penny Drop Lab

The penny drop lab was done in a group where one person would drop a penny, one person would measure the time it took for the penny to hit the ground, and another person wrote down the findings. While it seemed like a simple lab, with the end goal being finding the acceleration of gravity acting on the penny, it was focused on teaching us how to write a proper physics report that would be able to have the maximum amount of information in only one page. It was a struggle getting everything on one page while also trying to be detailed with the information such as the year the penny was made but, in the end, I figured out how to arrange everything. The only part not seen is the entire data points made from all the trials the penny went through. In conclusion, this lab was a good practice of showing information, making concise thoughts, and analyzing physics experiments.