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Flying circus of physics

Chapter 2:

Racing on the Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup

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  • 2.1 Race cars on the ceiling          update Sep 2006  Oct 2011
  • 2.2 Slipstreaming and drafting
  • 2.3 Aerodynamics of passing trains   update Dec 2008
  • 2.4 Collapse of the old Tacoma Narrows Bridge update Sep 2006
  • 2.5 Aerodynamics of buildings
  • 2.6 Kites
  • 2.7 Ski jumping   update Feb 2008
  • 2.8 Speed of a downhill skier
  • 2.9 Boomerangs
  • 2.10 Throwing cards   update June 2010
  • 2.11 Seeds that spin update Oct 2010
  • 2.12 Flying snakes
  • 2.13 Air drag on tennis balls
  • 2.14 Veering a football around a defensive wall   update Apr 2011
  • 2.15 Golf-ball aerodynamics      update Dec 2006
  • 2.16 Baseball aerodynamics
  • 2.17 Cricket aerodynamics
  • 2.18 Birds flying in V formation   update Jun 2012
  • 2.19 Speed swimming in syrup
  • 2.20 Contrails
  • 2.21 Inward flutter of a shower curtain
  • 2.22 Prairie dog and giant ant nests
  • 2.23 Bathtub vortex
  • 2.24 Vortex in a cup of coffee
  • 2.25 Gathering of tealeaves, spinning of olives
  • 2.26 Meandering rivers   update Nov 2006
  • 2.27 Bird spinning in water
  • 2.28 Water climbing a spinning egg
  • 2.29 Circular water-flow pattern in a sink
  • 2.30 Water level in canals
  • 2.31 Solitary waves
  • 2.32 Tidal bores
  • 2.33 Tides
  • 2.34 Tides in the Bay of Fundy
  • 2.35 Dead water  update Jul 2009
  • 2.36 Tornadoes   update Nov 2012
  • 2.37 Short story: Looking up into a tornado
  • 2.38 Waterspouts and funnel clouds
  • 2.39 Dust devils, fog devils, and steam devils update Oct 2006  Apr 2007
  • 2.40 Ring vortexes   update Sep 2010
  • 2.41 Siphons and toilets   update Oct 2012   Aug 2013
  • 2.42 Lizards walking on water
  • 2.43 Lead bar floating in a boat
  • 2.44 Floating bars and open containers    update Aug 2008
  • 2.45 Hole in a dam, ship in dry dock
  • 2.46 g-LOC in pilots
  • 2.47 Blood circulation in humans, giraffe, and tall dinosaurs
  • 2.48 Did the sauropods swim?
  • 2.49 Gastroliths in dinosaurs and crocodile
  • 2.50 Coanda effect    update Sep 2008   Feb 2013
  • 2.51 Teapot effect
  • 2.52 Ascents after deep diving
  • 2.53 Snorkeling by people and elephants     update Sep 2012
  • 2.54 Escape from a submarine
  • 2.55 Lake Nyos disaster
  • 2.56 Short Story: House-hopping, and riding the skies in a lawn chair   update Jul 2007    Apr 2008
  • 2.57 Flow of medieval cathedral window glass
  • 2.58 Strange viscous fluids       update May 2007  Apr 2012
  • 2.59 Soup reversal
  • 2.60 Bouncing liquid stream
  • 2.61 Rod-climbing fluids
  • 2.62 Liquid rope coils
  • 2.63 Water waves
  • 2.64 Extreme and rogue waves      update Apr 2014
  • 2.65 Waves turning to approach a beach
  • 2.66 Waves passes through a narrow opening
  • 2.67 Seiches and sloshes     update June 2008
  • 2.68 Wakes of ducks and aircraft carriers
  • 2.69 Surfing    update July 2014
  • 2.70 Porpoise and dolphin motion
  • 2.71 Edge waves
  • 2.72 Beach cusps
  • 2.73 Oil and waves   update Oct 2006
  • 2.74 Floating drops   update Jul 2011
  • 2.75 Splashing drops   update Apr 2011
  • 2.76 Bubbles in soda, beer, and champagne   update Jan 2007  Jun 2012  Nov 2012
  • 2.77 Soap bubbles and beer foams
  • 2.78 Bursting bubbles
  • 2.79 Whales and bubble nets
  • 2.80 Water striders
  • 2.81 Beading on rods and saliva threads
  • 2.82 Rain harvesting by desert lizards
  • 2.83 Prey harvesting by shorebirds
  • 2.84 Drops and liquid films on solid surfaces
  • 2.85 Breakfast cereal pulling together   update Sep 2006
  • 2.86 Sandcastles
  • 2.87 Appearance of bad coffee
  • 2.88 Tears of wine and other liquid surface play
  • 2.89 Tia Maria worm-like patterns   update Dec 2009
  • 2.90 Patterns in hot coffee and other fluids
  • 2.91 Patterns in coffee stains    update  Oct 2008
  • 2.92 Breath figures
  • 2.93 Lotus effect
  • 2.94 Aphids and liquid marbles
  • 2.95 Paint brushes, wet hair, and dunking cookies
  • 2.96 Deep-fat frying of potatoes
  • 2.97 Ducks stay dry
  • 2.98 Cut potatoes, bird droppings, and a car
  • 2.99 Catapulting mushroom spores
  • 2.100 Waves on a falling stream
  • 2.101 Water bells, sheets, and chains
  • 2.102 Stepping on a wet beach and into quicksand  update May 2011  Sep 2011   Jun 2011
  • 2.103 Collapse of buildings and a freeway   update Oct 2014
  • 2.104 Short story: Quicksand effect with grain
  • 2.105 Pedestrian flow and escape panic
  • 2.106 Sand piles and self-organizing flow
  • 2.107 Flows in hourglasses and silos
  • 2.108 Brazil-nut effect and oscillating powders    update Jul 2012
  • 2.109 Avalanche balloon  
  • 2.110 Sand ripples and movement
  • 2.111 Sand dunes
  • 2.112 Yardangs and other sand cuttings
  • 2.113 Snow fences and wind deposits
  • 2.114 Snow avalanches
  • 2.115 Long-runout landslides
  • 2.116 Rockfalls
  • 2.117 Flapping flags and ribbons
  • 2.118 Fluttering fountains and pounding waterfalls
  • 2.119 Pulsating fountains
  • 2.120 Pouring: inverted glass, yard-of-ale  update Oct 2007  Nov 08  Apr 09   Sep 09   Feb 10  Aug 13
  • 2.121 Dripping
  • 2.122 Soap bubble shapes
  • 2.123 Bubble paths
  • 2.124 Antibubbles
  • 2.125 Lifting rice with a rod   update Dec 2010
  • 2.126 Throwing a discus
  • 2.127 Javelin throw
  • 2.128 Two boats drawn together
  • 2.129 Aerodynamics of cables and lines
  • 2.130 Surf skimmer
  • 2.131 Buoyancy while turning a corner
  • 2.132 Wave reflection by sand bars
  • 2.133 Rain and waves
  • 2.134 A salt oscillator
  • 2.135 Salt fingers and a salt fountain
  • 2.136 Lifting water through tall trees
  • 2.137 Windrows on water
  • 2.138 Cloud streets and forest-fire strips
  • 2.139 Packing M&Ms
  • 2.140 A pile of apples    update Mar 2007
  • 2.141 Powder patterns   update June 2011
  • 2.142 A hydraulic oscillator
  • 2.143 Oil blobs moving through glycerin
  • 2.144 Ball in an air stream  update July 2007
  • 2.145 Flettner’s ship
  • 2.146 Strait of Gibraltar, Strait of Messina, Strait of Sicily
  • 2.147 Granular splashing
  • 2.148 Slight ridge on moving water
  • 2.149 Meandering thin streams
  • 2.150 Shaver clippings and camphor boats on water  update Oct 2011
  • 2.151 Oil stains on a road
  • 2.152 Patterns of water drops onto glycerin
  • 2.153 Olive-oil fingers on talc-covered water
  • 2.154 Chicken-fat oscillator    Click on new to get the following new items (not in the book)
  • 2.155 Shooting yourself down       Aug 2006
  • 2.156 Katrina damage to New Orleans    Dec 2006
  • 2.157 Lifting a drinking glass from a tabletop wet with whiskey     Mar 2007
  • 2.158 Being sucked through an airplane window    Aug 2007
  • 2.159 Patterns in draining honey and yogurt  Sep 2007
  • 2.160 Geoffrey Pyke and the bergship of World War II   Feb 2008
  • 2.161 Sailboats    Apr 2008
  • 2.162 Bar (pub) trick --- escape from a cellophane pocket  May 2008
  • 2.163 Geysers exploding from rain runoff shafts   June 2008
  • 2.164 Water and block puzzle    Aug 2008
  • 2.165 Diffraction as seen from orbit    Aug 2008
  • 2.166 "The Birds" and flocking   Aug 2009
  • 2.167 Pub trick --- 1000 drops from an empty bottle  June 2010
  • 2.168 Pub trick ---Vortex in a bottle and the vortex beer bottle  Aug 2010
  • 2.169 Liquid mountaineering and catching a melon with your face Oct 2010
  • 2.170 Liquid origami and the parchment paper effect  Jan 2011
  • 2.171 Pub trick --- making straw paper stretch and crawl  Jan 2011
  • 2.172 Pub trick --- diving ketchup packet Feb 2011
  • 2.173 Pub trick --- toothpick design trick  May 2011
  • 2.174 Pub trick --- inflating a long sandwich bag  June 2011
  • 2.175 Pushing a glass into sand  June 2011
  • 2.176 Pub trick --- egg tricks   Jul 2011
  • 2.177 Pub trick --- raisin in champagne trick  Aug 2011
  • 2.178 Pub trick --- oil blobs in water   Jan 2012
  • 2.179 Pub trick --- piercing a plastic bag of water with a pencil    Mar 2012
  • 2.180 Pub trick --- bottle cap blown into bottle   Apr 2012
  • 2.181 Fake video --- free standing water   Apr 2012
  • 2.182 Controlled breach of the Condit Dam    Aug 2012
  • 2.183 Pub trick --- separating two pub glasses    Aug 2012
  • 2.184 Pervious concrete     Sep 2012
  • 2.185 Fly in gun blast      Nov 2012
  • 2.186 Attack of the tumbleweeds     Jan 2013
  • 2.187 Pub trick --- pouring a rainbow   Jan 2013
  • 2.188 Poured art     Feb 2013
  • 2.189 Escape from a sinking car    Apr 2013      
  • 2.190 Pub trick -- "beer spots" in bottle caps    Dec 2013
  • 2.191 Water is heavy    Dec 2013
  • 2.192 Pub trick -- adding pins to a full glass of water    Jan 2014
  • 2.193 Pub trick -- a puzzle in evaporating wine   Feb 2014
  • 2.194 Pub trick -- fast pouring beer or soda     Mar 2014
  • 2.195 Boyle's perpetual motion device    Mar 2014
  • 2.196 Pub trick --- opening a wine bottle with a shoe   May 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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