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Falling with Class(ical Physics)

When you are going over your first ski jump of the season, do you ever wonder, “How can I reach the farthest distance possible?” Not a skier? That is quite alright. Have you ever watched ski jumping and wondered, “What is the longest possible distance an athlete can go?” Well, this question can be answered with the use of classical physics.

A modern-day catapult with an astronomical application

What sets humans apart from the numerous other animals on Earth is our ability to analyze, adapt to, and overcome almost any obstacle in our way. From the Stone Age to modern times, the tools we use have advanced dramatically. In recent times especially, there has been a surge of technological advancement with a wide variety of uses. A prime example of this advancement can be seen in railguns, the successor to catapults. 

Forces of nature: biking with the wind

We have all experienced (or can at least imagine) a peaceful bike ride, one dense with scenic routes, perhaps a rocky terrain and some tricky uphill climbs. As beautiful as this scenery is in thought, in practice the reality of these destinations can pose some formidable challenges. Whether or not you are an experienced rider, just beginning on your cycling journey, or some standing in between, I am sure we are all familiar with the intimidating experience that is biking in the elements.

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