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Want a Challenge? How About a Basic Physics Test?
January 13th, 2015 by Jeff Rowe
How long has it been since you really thought about your engineering roots? By that I mean basic math and physics.
Recently, I thought about it a lot. This past fall I enrolled in a computational physics class in Optics. It was a real eye-opener, especially the math part – calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, etc. Although I enjoyed the challenge of the physics, I struggled for several weeks with the math – trying to recall principles after (quite) a few years removed from the classroom. I caught on, though, and eventually caught up with the rest of the class.
While maybe not totally applicable to hard physics, the following video illustrates some basic physics principles with regard to shatter and fracture:
Voronoi Fracture and Shatter Lab Tests – Blender & Bullet Physics
Keep in mind, this video was created using Blender, a free and open-source 3D software product used for animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications, and video games.
As for testing your basic physics knowledge, check out a simple online test here.
Admittedly, this “test” was as much about history as it was about actual physic principles, but I found it fun nonetheless.
I had to guess on one of the questions, but in spite of that, I answered all 17 questions correctly. I don’t know what that means, but I was pleased with my result.
How did you do on the test? Do you know of any other online physics or math tests? Let us know.
Never stop learning and challenging yourself!
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