2005 Clips from The Whys GuyTM
Mia Culpa: Many humble apologies for not posting clips for the last year. As of July 1, 2005 we are back, however, and new clips will appear weekly.
Remember: Science is fun, but some of the experiments shown here are dangerous and should not be tried at home.
For best results, the latest version of Windows Media Player should be used to view the streaming video clips posted below.
Clip of some R&D done in preparation for July 4th (9 MB)
Clip 1 - Potato Gun & Exploding Watermelon (14 MB)
Clip 2 - Ten foot long LN2 cannon (11 MB)
Have a safe and happy 4th of July :)
Clip 1 - Fireworks - momentum conservation (12 MB)
Clip 2 - Fireworks - how high? (15 MB)
Clip 1 - Frisbees flight (11 MB)
Clip 2 - Frisbees & gyroscopes (11 MB)
Clip 1 - Magic appearing wand (13 MB)
Clip 2 - Momentum conservation (12 MB)
Clip 1 - Einstein's exploding balloons (I) (10 MB)
Clip 2 - Einstein's exploding balloons (II) (12 MB)
For more about diffusion look here and here.
For a more technical exposition on Einstein's contribution look here (pdf).
Clip 1 - Golf (swing & clubs) (13 MB)
Clip 2 - Golf (ball flight) (15 MB)
For more about the physics of golf look here and here.
Clip 1 - Hurricanes - mechanism & energy (15 MB)
Clip 2 - Hurricanes - rotation & surge (13 MB)
For more about the physics of hurricanes look here and here.
Clip 1 - Atmospheric pressure & hickies (16 MB)
Clip 2 - More on pressure & suction (13 MB)
Clip 1 - Building a water barometer (1) (17 MB)
Clip 2 - Building a water barometer (2) (15 MB)
Clip 1 - Hitting a home run in the 2005 world series (19 MB)
Clip 2 - More about the sweet spot (12 MB)
Slow motion movie clips of batter hitting a ball on the outside, the inside, and right on the sweet spot.
For lots more info on the physics of baseball see the website of U of I Professor Alan Nathan.
11/2/2005: (kind of silly I know)
Clip 1 - Shooting a pumpkin with a LN2 cannon (sorry - digitizing failed)
Clip 2 - Blowing up a pumpkin in the WCIA parking lot (17 MB)
Clip 1 - What humidity does in your house in the winter (16 MB)
Clip 2 - How an ultrasonic humidifier works (16 MB)
Clip 1 - Cookin' Turkey (16 MB)
Clip 2 - Cookin' Turkey some more (16 MB)
Clip 1 - Insulation (18 MB)
Clip 2 - Space shuttle tile (16 MB)
Clip 1 - Why ice is slippery (15 MB)
Clip 2 - Melting ice with salt (13 MB)
Clip 1 - How to drive on slippery roads (16 MB)
Clip 2 - How anti-lock brakes work (15 MB)