Physics

Watch fun, educational videos on all sorts of Physics questions.

Physics

Watch fun, educational videos on all sorts of Physics questions.
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Thomas Young's Double Slit Experiment
Seeing light in a different way. Ever wonder what happens to light when it gets in its own way? License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at http://k12videos.mit.edu/terms-conditions
5:50
Newton's Prism Experiment
What color is white light? Want to know how to make it?
5:09
Bridge Design and Destruction! (part 1)
This is a two part video that introduces the different types of bridges. The bridge types will be introduced in historical order from simple (beam and arch) in the first video to more complex (truss and suspension) in the second video. This will show how bridges evolved as our designs and available materials expanded. The design of each bridge will be shown schematically along with the load distribution. The advantages and limitations of each type will be described. Video of actual bridges around Boston of the different types will be shown with the load distributions overlaid on freeze frames. Other iconic bridges will also be shown as still images with load distributions. Technical concepts covered will be tension, compression, bending, span, force balances, material selection and beam/cable design. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at http://k12videos.mit.edu/terms-conditions
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Bridge Design (and Destruction!) Part 2
This is a two part video that introduces the different types of bridges.
4:06
Shifts in Equilibrium
Equilibrium occurs when the overall state of a system is constant. Equilibrium can be static (nothing in the system is changing), or dynamic (little parts of the system are changing, but overall the state isn't changing). In my video, I'll demonstrate systems in both types of equilibrium, and how the equilibrium states can be shifted. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at http://k12videos.mit.edu/terms-conditions
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The Marangoni Effect: How to make a soap propelled boat!
The differences of surface tension between soap and water can really make things go! This video shows some interesting demos illustrating the Marangoni Effect. Two liquids with different surface tensions will result in a surface tension gradient, resulting in a net force. This phenomena applies to each of the demonstrations shown. Watch a demonstration of how Marangoni stress can be used to propel small boats around (the "soap-powered boat"). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at http://k12videos.mit.edu/terms-conditions
8:29
The Invention of the Battery
The invention of the battery with Alessandro Volta and Luigi Galvani
8:32
The Forces on an Airplane
How do airplanes fly? It's not magic. Learn about the forces that help (and hinder) airplane flight.
8:17
Bouncing Droplets: Superhydrophobic and Superhydrophilic Surfaces
This video introduces the concept of surface tension, and shows how roughness can make a surface superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic. The Wenzel and Cassie-Baxter models are explained. Special thanks to the MIT BioInstrumentation Lab.
5:37
A Crash Course on Indoor Flying Robots
Learn the physics behind how quadrotors fly and find out how they can by themselves without human help.
5:54
Heat Transfer
Understanding conductive, convective, and radiative heat transfer using a thermal camera.