The Flying Circus of Physics is a book about curious events and effects of the everyday world. This site is an extension of the book.
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Jay Waller stories: Physics for
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Chap 1, Chap 2, Chap 3, Chap 4, Chap 5, Chap 6, Chap 7
---- Jearl Walker
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Flying Circus of Physics Spotlight
Here is a new (at least to me) and very strange effect in which magnets are attached to a common battery and then the assembly is inserted into a coil of copper wire. The assembly (a "train") shoots through the coil. If the ends of the coil are connected to form a loop, the train will shoot around the loop for hours. The obvious question is, "Why?"
Flying Circus of Physics Sample
Run or walk in the rain?
Should you run or walk when crossing a street in the rain without an umbrella (Fig. 1-1)? Running certainly means that you spend less time in the rain, but it also means that you may be intercepting more of the raindrops. Does the answer change if a wind blows the drops either toward or away from you? MORE
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