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physics

Dark Matter and Energy

One of the courses I teach, Astronomy, is such a delight. I get to see, again and again, the awe in my students as I show them images and videos of various objects in the universe. Just showing a close up of the Sun’s surface can elicit such gasps from them. And a few of these students have not been outside a metropolitan area with all its light pollution. They have no idea how majestic the night sky is with the Milky Way visible.

Physics in Action: The Egg Drop Experiment

Is that a bird? Is that a plane? No, it’s our Physics Egg Drop Experiment!  Every year, after we complete the unit on Forces, Impulse and Momentum, the students in my Physics class have an opportunity to test out their engineering and creativity skills in a project where they are tasked with protecting two eggs from breaking when dropped from the 4th floor of our townhouse building into the garden.

Testing for the Speed of Light with Your Microwave!

"Don’t try this at home!" This is the usual lament heard on TV or internet programs to warn against imitating a dangerous activity that you just saw. However, for my blog post today, I will be writing about something you should try at home! A fun, engaging experiment that enables you to determine the speed of light as Galileo Galilei, Hippolyte Fizeau, and Albert Michelson all did.

Fast and Furious: The Physics of Drifting

Watching my sister burn some serious rubber drifting cars makes me think about the science behind her actions and how I can use physics to explain it all. As a professional Motorsport athlete and often regarded as the Queen of Drift in Malaysia, my sister Leona Chin shot to worldwide fame with her viral video, “Fast and Furious Nerd Pranks Instructor,” which has garnered over 32 million views in the first month since its debut.

Faculty Q&A with Math and Physics Teacher Linli Chin

Known for her hands-on teaching, Linli Chin grew up in Malaysia. While she enjoyed all subjects, from an early age she remembers the principles of chemistry, math, and physics coming easily to her. After attending college in Malaysia and at Fresno State University in California, she earned a B.S. at Baruch College with a degree in business and industrial psychology.  During college, Linli had done internships in the financial sector of the business world, but found the environment not to her liking.  “Most of the people lived to work.

Newton's Laws of Bowling

Name a game that can be enjoyed by the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak, the tall and the short, male and female alike, and that list will be fairly limited.  One that makes it to the shortlist would be BOWLING!  It is a time-tested game that has been enjoyed by millions around the world in various forms.  The one that we are most familiar with is ten-pin bowling in our neighborhood bowling alley.

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