Drop It Like It’s Hot – Physics in Action

I originally applied to this school to be a Math teacher, but I am incredibly glad that they had filled all of their Math positions so that I could be a Physics teacher. This past week, our “lab” was dropping things off of our clock tower. We have been modeling 1-dimensional accelerated motion with equations, so basically they had to time how long their object (boxes filled with rocks – how have I not gotten fired already?) took to fall to the ground below, and use the aforementioned equations to calculate the height of the clock tower (it was a little more complicated than that, but I don’t want to bore you). The probability that this would end in broken bones was pretty high, but luckily the only thing that got hurt was the cement below the tower (oops!).


I don’t know if you can see in the picture above my sweet outfit, but on lab days I wear a nice white lab coat to look important, and this time I whipped out my UVa bow tie for the occasion, to really capture the look of mad scientist. I realized while wearing my bow tie around that day that they are quite a novelty here (one girl shouted as I walked by “Sir, I like your style!!” – I felt like a celebrity). Thus, I’ve decided to become the bow tie guy. I have already ordered a few off of eBay. Bow-man the Bow-tie-man.


Posted on September 17, 2009, in Bow Ties, Physics, Teaching. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hmmm, as a little boy you were Rain-Bow-Man and now you’ve grown into Bow-Tie-Man. Maybe I’ll get you a rainbow colored bowtie and you can be Rain-Bow-Tie-Man…..or would you rather have a superhero cape like you had for Rainbowman?

  2. Bowman! I just tweeted about your blog — LOVE it.

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