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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The second video of the new Flying Circus video series has now been posted at the following site. This one is about hanging spoons and bottle caps from your face. I thought about also using cats but decided against it. New videos will appear about once a month. If you want to subscribe to the channel, use the subscribe button.
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Jay Waller stories: Physics for
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---- Jearl Walker
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Flying Circus of Physics Spotlight
Monday, June 01, 2015
In a rockfall, part of a mountain comes crashing down, flattening objects in its path. Often the stones will end up sorted, with smaller ones left higher on the mountain and larger ones farther down. Here are some dramatic videos of rockfalls with vehicles and people in their paths.
Flying Circus of Physics Sample
Circular water-flow pattern in a sink
When a smoothly flowing water stream from a faucet hits a flat sink with an open drain, why does a circle form around the impact point, with deeper water on the outside of the circle? MORE
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