Recent Everyday Physics posts

Everyday physics posts

  • Here is a list of the recent posts--click on the title or figure thumbnail to read the whole thing!
  • Why can you still get sunburned on a cloudy day? Now that summer is upon those of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s a good time to talk about physics related to enjoying the warmer weather. One warning you ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2015, 1:24 PM by Patrick Poole
  • Why is static shock worse in the winter? There’s been a long hiatus for Everyday Physics because I was occupied writing my PhD thesis. Now that that’s complete, we can jump right back in! If you ...
    Posted May 3, 2015, 10:36 AM by Patrick Poole
  • Why will melting ice caps cause the seas to rise? Climate change is possibly the most important problem facing humanity today, so it’s critical to understand its causes and effects. One outcome that is already occurring is the rising ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2015, 10:36 PM by Patrick Poole
  • Why isn't the night sky full of stars? You’ve probably heard that there are quite a lot of stars in the universe, and there is definitely a huge amount visible on a very dark night. Why doesn ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2015, 1:34 PM by Patrick Poole
  • What causes the tides? Previously we talked about what makes waves crash on the shore, and mentioned tidal waves as some of the largest water waves on Earth. These waves actually don’t have ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 3:53 PM by Patrick Poole
  • What's the loudest possible sound? The human sense of hearing is quite remarkable—you’re able to perceive things from a quiet whisper up to a rock concert effortlessly. You’ve probably heard that prolonged ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2015, 11:59 AM by Patrick Poole
  • How do thermometers work? Winter has come, and it’s likely that you’ll come down with a cold sometime this season. To check for a fever you’ll probably use a digital thermometer ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2015, 12:09 PM by Patrick Poole
  • Why are turns worse on slippery roads? Most people know that it’s more dangerous to drive when the weather is bad—rain, snow, or ice all make roads more slippery. Have you ever thought about why ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2015, 2:42 PM by Patrick Poole
  • How do fingerprint scanners work? Everyday Physics is back from the holiday break, this time with a bit more complicated topic—I promise there is a very easy experiment you can do in your own ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2014, 10:19 PM by Patrick Poole
  • How do polarized sunglasses work? Recently we talked about some cold weather physics, so this week I’m going to get your mind off of blizzards and onto beaches. You can probably guess that sunglasses ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2014, 9:15 PM by Patrick Poole
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