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Measuring a Magnetic Dipole via Harmonic Oscillation

Introduction Oscillations are among the most important motions to understand when dealing with physics on both a macro and micro scale; the oscillation of an object can be used to determine specific properties of said object, especially in the case of magnets and magnetic fields1. In this case, we placed a cue ball containing a magnetic dipole in a constant magnetic field generated by an approximately2 Helmholtz coil (so as to create a consistent magnetic...

Pop Tarts (God)

This post was written as a submission to an open call by @ruinedpicnic on twitter (now called @punishedpicnic) for music to sing. Ruined Picnic and Friends by ruined picnic and friends Every single morning I wake up in a state of peace. As if part of the void, or an emptiness at least. When not quite awake, life itself can be like a dream. Like the pop tarts that are flavored like cookies and cream....

Calculating Heat Efficiency on Campus Using Infrared Imaging

Abstract. Using data collected with an infrared camera, a mean external temperature for any given building can be found and subsequently compared to that of other buildings or the building’s own internal temperature. This data gives a statistical basis for determining the heat efficiency of a building. Introduction With the current pushes to maintain a green campus and common complaints about certain buildings’ inconsistency in temperature, we decided that we would find a way to...

The feasibility of spontaneously morphing into an octopus

This post was published in Student Voice Volume 102, Issue 13 as “The process of spontaneously morphing into an octopus.” This argument has been deemed quite controversial: is it possible for one to simply become an octopus without outside forces acting upon them? To start off, one might ask if this is likely, the answer to which is clearly ‘no.’ While it would be amazing for someone walking alongside you to suddenly be dragging themselves...

Using Pens for Math Is Not Bad

Perhaps an argument against this would be the resource usage, the amount of paper used when you leave mistakes on the page is so much more. Think of the trees! Then again, erasers either come from trees or petroleum so you’re going to be using something either way. Efficiency aside, there is a sort of philosophy that really needs to be acknowledged here. We’re all taught that nobody is perfect, that we all make mistakes....

A student’s guide to pencils

This post was published in Student Voice Volume 102, Issue 11 as “Philosophy of pencil classification can be very complicated.” Pencils are pencils, but to say all pencils were created equal is a stretch of the imagination that one should not be so willing to make. What exactly is a pencil? Here we shall assume that a pencil is a utensil that utilizes graphite to write, so as to be able to easily erase any...

General Relativity's Astronomical Effects

This post was published in Student Voice Volume 102, Issue 10 as “Thinking about theory of relativity can garner many impactful realizations.” Four score and another score ago, Einstein introduced the idea of general relativity. Well, that’s when he presented the results at the Prussian Academy of Science. Unlike previous models for gravity and such, this relativity thing actually accounted for reality. Consequentially, a lot more science was able to be understood thereafter. Karl Schwarzschild,...

Calculating Heat Efficiency on Campus Using Infrared Imaging Project Proposal

This post was submitted to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) department as part of applying for an Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant. The grant was rewarded. Introduction In light of recent discussion on the UW System’s coal contract in relation to environmentalism and movements on campus to promote more sustainable systems, little discussion is being held about the actual energy efficiency of individual buildings. Significance Highlighting...

ORCA National High Power Rocketry Competition Project Proposal

This post was submitted to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) department as part of applying for an Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant. The grant was rewarded. Introduction The goal of this project is to compete in the NASA Midwest High Powered Rocket Competition, which includes teams from throughout the nation. This competition entails designing a high-powered rocket with an active braking system to be launched twice,...

SPS and Chem Demons Host Annual Haunted Lab

This post was published in Student Voice Volume 102 Issue 8 as “Physics lab gets spooky on Halloween.” On Halloween, which was Saturday, more specifically: Saturday, October 31, 2015. Well, really specifically: Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 5pm to about 9pm. Anyway, where was I going with this…? Oh, yeah, On Saturday, which was Halloween, the UW–River Falls Society of Physics Students and Chem Demons held their annual Haunted Lab. Side note: “haunted” does not...