Thursday, September 12, 2013

Academic Earth presents: How to Take a Punch

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Jack Collins, a writer with Academic Earth, asking me to check out a video entitled “Practical Math: How to Take a Punch,” which he described as "an unorthodox approach to explaining the physics of momentum."

I was intrigued. To be honest, physics is one of my least favorite subjects and I tend to think of it as boring. This is quite unfortunate because I know it isn't true - I am fascinated by many aspects of physics, particularly those surrounding wormholes and the concept of time travel. But, when I was in school, physics was seldom taught in a way that grabbed my attention. Apart from the rare moments of watching pendulums swing (which, let's face it, isn't that exciting), I copied abstract equations from the board and frantically attempted to memorize them.

The following video is not boring. In fact, I had to laugh a bit (and cringe - hey, there's a guy getting punched here!) while I watched it. See what you think!

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