Monthly Archives: March 2013

Amazing Physics of Prince Rupert’s Drop

The above video could be used by a tutor to discuss some topics in high school and university physics but the best reason to watch it is just to be stunned by the spectacle of a very simple demonstration. I … Continue reading

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Mathematical Drought Nearly Over

This is the last day of one of the saddest periods of the academic calendar here in Victoria. For the past two weeks, most students have been subject to a sick joke called Spring Break. How can a modern western … Continue reading

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How Physics Works – Higgs Confirmation

Partly due to the recent but unrelated filling of a job vacancy in Rome, the above news story got very little attention. Last July’s heavily publicized experimental evidence for the Higgs boson has since been supplemented by analysis of more … Continue reading

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The Importance of Learning to Code

Nearly all of my time as a private tutor has been spent helping students to master math and physics so those subjects are the ones I have mentioned most often in this blog. Today I must digress slightly. Among those … Continue reading

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Dramatic Solar Physics Event

The above video of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft shows a stunning example of what has become known as coronal rain. It’s called rain because of what it looks like, not because … Continue reading

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