Anyone who has spent any time at all with my kids since August 2009 is aware that the three oldest are staggering toward the horizon under a crushing weight of physics and chemistry which has been lovingly laid upon their shoulders by their father.
Have any of you heard them groan and complain about this?
Yes, we have all heard it…..and I think it’s kind of funny because I know they don’t really mean it. If you have heard any physics complaints which were particularly creative, you can share them here as a comment. It might encourage some other mother who’s got kids howling and writhing on the floor over grammar or algebra or something.
And just to give you an idea of the fun side of physics, and by way of cheering us all up and blowing away some of the thick fog of The Faerie Queene…..here are two of the first questions on a physics test from a few months ago. Please try to work out the answers and leave them as comments below. Anyone who gets this one right wins a free copy of Gene Veith’s book Reading Between the Lines. In case you aren’t familiar with this book, read the quotes from it below.
Question One: Peter is driving along the road at 40 miles an hour. He throws a bag of garbage out the window at 30 miles and hour (he is very strong). How far away is he from the garbage when it hits the ground two minutes later?
And Question Two: John was right next to the car when Peter threw out the garbage. How far might John have to walk before he would find the garbage ?
(If you can only answer one question, but you get the correct answer, you are still right. )