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Flying circus of physics

Chapter 5:

Ducking First A Flash And Then A Roar

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  • 5.1 Lightning   update Dec 2014
  • 5.2 Lightning: people, cows, and sheep  update July 2006   Mar 2008
  • 5.3 Lightning: vehicles   update Sep 2007   May 2009
  • 5.4 Lightning: trees, towers, and ground  update Aug 2009
  • 5.5 Bead and ball lightning    update Oct 2008
  • 5.6 Sprites   update June 2010
  • 5.7 Lightning rods
  • 5.8 Sweaters, playground slides, and surgery rooms   update Feb 2007  Jan 2008  Dec 2009   May 2012  Feb 14
  • 5.9 Cars, fuel pumps, and pit stops    update Mar 2009
  • 5.10 SHORT STORY: Shocking exchange of gum
  • 5.11 Danger of powder floating in the air   update Mar 2008
  • 5.12 Danger of aerosol cans
  • 5.13 Danger of spraying water
  • 5.14 Ski glow
  • 5.15 Hindenburg disaster
  • 5.16 A gurney fire    update Apr 2014
  • 5.17 Glow in peeling adhesive tape    update Nov 2008
  • 5.18 Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
  • 5.19 Wintergreen glow in the closet   update Sep 2014
  • 5.20 Earthquake lights
  • 5.21 St. Elmo’s fire and Andes glow   update Mar 2011
  • 5.22 High-voltage lines
  • 5.23 Current, voltage, and people
  • 5.24 SHORT STORY: An act of indiscretion
  • 5.25 Use of current in surgery
  • 5.26 Surgical fires and explosions
  • 5.27 Lemon battery, tingling of teeth fillings
  • 5.28 Electric fish and eels
  • 5.29 Charging by blown dust, sand, and snow     update Apr 2007  Jan 2008   Jun 2009   Sep 2013
  • 5.30 Lightning-like discharges above a volcano   update May 2010 
  • 5.31 Bacterial contamination in surgery update July 2006
  • 5.32 Bees and pollination
  • 5.33 SHORT STORY: Fire ants and electrical equipment
  • 5.34 Plastic food wrap
  • 5.35 Flies on ceilings, geckos on walls
  • 5.36 Meringue pie
  • 5.37 Sauce béarnaise
  • 5.38 Lodestones
  • 5.39 Earth’s magnetic field and archaeology
  • 5.40 MRI complications   update June 2010
  • 5.41 SHORT STORY: Magnetic search for the Garfield bullet
  • 5.42 Magnets, tattoos, and body jewelry
  • 5.43 Breakfast and cow magnetism   update Nov 2011
  • 5.44 Electric guitars
  • 5.45 Electric-guitar amplifiers
  • 5.46 Auroras
  • 5.47 Solar eruptions and power outages
  • 5.48 Levitating frogs
  • 5.49 Fizzing sound from a magnet
  • 5.50 Currents in you at a train station      Click on new to get the following new items (not in the book)
  • 5.51 Coal fires and Earth's magnetic field   Dec 2006 
  • 5.52 Toilet stall electric field   Feb 2007
  • 5.53 Razorbacks on Mars and in the kitchen      April 2007
  • 5.54 Wall-climbing robots  Aug 2010
  • 5.55 Knitting needles in space     Aug 2012
  • 5.56 Electric field hunting by a platypus   July 2013
  • 5.57 Pub trick --- deflecting a falling stream of water     Sep 2013
  • 5.58 Magnetic surprise     Jan 2014
  • 5.59  Electrostatic flying plastic strips    Mar 2014

 

  • Chapter 1Slipping Between Falling Drops(MOTION)
  • Chapter 2Racing On The Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup(FLUIDS)
  • Chapter 3Hiding Under The Covers, Listening For The Monsters(SOUND)
  • Chapter 4Striking At The Heat In The Night(THERMAL PROCESS)
  • Chapter 5Ducking First A Flash And Then A Roar (ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM)
  • Chapter 6Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like A Rainbow(OPTICS)
  • Chapter 7Armadillos Dancing Against A Swollen Moon(VISION)
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