Help us build items like thrust stand, rockets, and crop monitoring stations. We want you to be able to make your project ideas a reality. This physics series goes beyond basic concepts and incorporates the use of sensors, data acquisition, and analysis. This will provide a foundation for us to build more complex projects.
This series is intended for curious humans with a basic knowledge of algebra.
We can predict the future. Physics and calculus allow us to watch objects change over time and space. This means we can go beyond looking at what is happening and peer in the past and make predictions about the future.
Time is an important part of the study of physics. The evolution of timekeeping devices from the sun to the atomic clock has assisted advancing our understanding of the universe.
How do determine our position? What are the different types of coordinate systems and why do they matter? We explore, build, and program encoders. Encoders are like Fitbits for motors.
Vectors tell us where we are heading. They simplify intricate systems and structures into manageable mathematical terms. Vectors have both a magnitude and a direction. Gyroscopes can assist us in understanding the direction we are facing. We can use internal monitoring units and breakout boards to build a simple system that tracks our motion and acceleration.
We explored velocity by wiring a 60 foot ramp to mimic Galileo's motion experiments. Using knowledge gained from working on the space shuttle, we did troubleshooting on the ramp. We investigated a variety of sensors used to determine the velocity of an object.