Research Papers on Physics

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  • Electricity and America

    (5 pp) Prior to the electric light bulb, illumination was by fire from candles, kerosene and oil lamps, and coal-gas jets. With the advent of electricity, the advantages of electric lamps for interior lighting over flickering, sooty, open flames were readily apparent, and demand for electricity skyrocketed. The excitement and enthusiasm over electricity's beginnings could be heard from one coast to the next. (Newspaper accounts are used as reporting tools) Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

    A 5 page book report on the renowned scientist’s consideration of the significance of time in the universe. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Gravitational Force and Mass

    A 5 page exploration of the hypothesis that " The mass of an object has no effect on the acceleration of a falling object". The author explores this hypothesis in relation to Newton's Constant for Gravitational force and pulls projects from the literature to illustrate that relationship. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Chapters Eight and Nine Summaries of Warren McCabe, Julian Smith, and Peter Harriott's Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering

    This 7 page paper is a summary of Chapter 8; Transportation and metering of fluids and Chapter 9 Agitation and mixing of liquids from the book Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering by Warren McCabe, Julian Smith and Peter Harriott.

  • The Mathematical Contributions of Albert Einstein

    A 5 page paper that reports Einstein's first three papers that led to a new perception of the universe, from evidence for the existence of molecules and atoms to his general theory of relativity that led to a new understanding of the universe, including space, time, motion and gravity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Ocean Floor's Hydrothermal Vents

    A 9 page overview of this recently discovered geologic phenomena. This paper provides a description of hydrothermal vents as well as a detailed overview of their geology and the biology which they drive. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • An Infrared Light Exploration

    An 8 page discussion of infrared as it relates to the color spectrum, astronomical phenomena, gemstone coloration, and even psychology. This paper defines infrared light and describes its importance to mankind and the workings of our universe in general. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Radiation, Convection, and Conducton Heat Transfer Mechanisms

    This 6 page paper examines heat transference mechanisms. The paper stars with a good overview of how heat is transferred and the equation for heat transfer rates. Following this the three different mechanisms; conduction, convection and radiation are each examined. The bibliography cites 1 source.

  • Physics and the Catapult

    A 4 page discussion of the catapult. This paper describes the design of the catapult and how changing different aspects of that design can change its efficiency. Bibliography lists sources.

  • Gravitational Force and Mass

    A 5 page exploration of the hypothesis that " The mass of an object has no effect on the acceleration of a falling object". The author explores this hypothesis in relation to Newton's Constant for Gravitational force and pulls projects from the literature to illustrate that relationship. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Lab Notes for Acceleration Under Gravity

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of acceleration under gravity. It discusses practical applications of the formula. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Antenna Levitation and Human Diamagnetism Gravity

    A 3 page investigation of the physics behind party levitation whcih is sometimes accomplished in the game “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board”. In this game a volunteer is lifted off the ground from either a prone position or while seated in a chair using just the fingers of four assistants. Diamagnetism is explained in this context. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hydraulic Pressure Intensification and Industrial Fluid Power

    5 pages. Industrial fluid power and hydraulic pressure intensification are discussed in detail in this informative paper. Information includes such things as useful applications of fluid power, types of intensifiers and intensifier construction. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Life and Contributions of Sir Isaac Newton

    This 11 page paper begins with a brief biography of Sir Isaac Newton. His major ideas, discoveries, inventions and works are identified. The Newton - Leibniz calculus controversy is discussed. Those who influenced Newton's works are identified. His legacy and impact in the fields of mathematics and science as well as the world's beliefs about the nature of the universe are discussed. The writer also comments on the role of the apple in Newton's thoughts about gravity. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Warfare Nanotechnology

    This 7 page paper looks at the science of nanotechnology that can create innovative and powerful tools for warfare. Its use in communications, maintenance and other factors are discussed. Potential positive and negative effects of this type of technology are included. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Supermassive Black Holes

    This 6 page paper explores two theories that explain how supermassive black holes are formed. The black hole is defined and explored. Theories about the creation of the universe, and when black holes originated are a part of the discussion. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Types of Fluid Flows

    This 5 page paper is written in two parts. The first looks at pressurised flows and the equations that will be used in the design of the systems, looking mainly at Pascal’s Law. The second part looks at an open flow channel and the issues of design, such as friction and Bernouilli's Principle. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Albert Einstein's Theories of Relativity and Their Legacy

    This paper examines, in tutorial form, the life of physicist and mathemetician Albert Einstein, and how his findings and theories impacted the scientific community. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Designing an Automobile Clutch and Clutch Plate

    A 5 page paper describing the structure and function of the automobile clutch and suggesting alternative materials that could be used to increase friction for both racing and street applications. Racing clutch manufacturers already are using a ceramic-metal alloy; the paper proposes eliminating the metal component. A ceramic material also is lighter weight, contributing to reduced stress on the engine’s crankshaft as well as on the transmission’s input shaft. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Central Elements of Chaos Theory

    This 8 page report discusses the fact that, at its core, chaos theory and its direct relationship to physics, since it is the science of physics which determined that all movement can be defined as being determined, random, or chaotic. The concepts as well as the history of how those concepts were reached are presented. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Energy Concerns

    A 3 page paper which examines elements of energy concerns such as where energy (gas etc.) goes after use and renewable resources. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Frisbee Aerodynamics

    A 5 page overview of the various forces that work to give a Frisbee its characteristic flight. This paper discusses the Bernoulli Principle, gravity, angular momentum, orientational stability, and more. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Questions on Electrical Engineering

    A 3 page answer to 2 questions: (1) Indicate recent trends and future challenges of these fields: Novel RF Concepts; Ultra High Frequency Integrated Multi-Antenna Wireless Systems; and Fundamentals of Communication Circuits and Systems; and (2) Application of Meso-optics in Photonics. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Electricity Generation; Coal Fired Power and Hydropower

    This 8 page paper compares and contrasts two different methods of generating electricity; coal fired electric power and hydroelectricity. Each is defined and the processes described, along with relevant areas of consideration, such as general usage and environmental factors. The bibliography cites 11 sources.

  • Chapters Eight and Nine Summaries of Warren McCabe, Julian Smith, and Peter Harriott's Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering

    This 7 page paper is a summary of Chapter 8; Transportation and metering of fluids and Chapter 9 Agitation and mixing of liquids from the book Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering by Warren McCabe, Julian Smith and Peter Harriott.

  • Civil Engineering and Mechanics of Materials Study

    This is a 3 page paper discussing the mechanics of materials as used in civil engineering. The mechanics of materials is an important area of study within the civil engineering discipline which examines the properties of materials under a variety of conditions which may be present in the field. In order for materials to be used within design, industrial and other projects, materials must be tested for their structural strength in the areas of stress, strain, fatigue and types of deformation and other aspects before being applied in any operational system. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nuclear Power

    A 4 page paper which examines nuclear power. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Concepts of Mechanical Engineering

    This paper defines some mechanical engineering concepts including hydraulics, pressure vessels and heating loads. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Physics Applications

    A 3 page paper reviewing 3 articles about physics and physical principles. It was Einstein’s position that “God does not play dice.” There has been a sense for a long while that perhaps we know less than we think, a sentiment expressed by many current articles. The purpose here is to review three articles about physics in general. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Basketball and Physics

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the physics of basketball. Both the physics of bouncing the ball as well as shooting hoops are discussed. The advantage of the underhand throw is emphasized. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • U.S. Nuclear Power Industry and its Historical Development

    A 12 page paper which examines the origins of its development and concentrates on the critical period between 1970 and 1990. Specifically considered are current reactor research programs, current state of nuclear power plant design, radioactive waste, plant licensing extension, decommissioning, government oversight, and future prospects. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • 19th Century Physicist Albert Michelson and Basic Physics Principles

    A 4 page examination of Michelson's contention that in regard to physics "most of the grand underlying principles have now been firmly established and that further advances are to be sought chiefly in the rigorous application of these principles to all the phenomena which come under our notice". The author contends that Michelson's contention is still applicable even today. While we continue to make "astonishing" discoveries, we have yet to conclusively demonstrate that the basic physical processes underlying those discoveries significantly deviate from the basic physical principles known by Michelson. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Tsunami: The Physics and Possible Prevention

    This 6 page paper provides general information to come from three articles on tsunamis. Preventative measures are discussed along with a discussion on causes. Tsunamis are compared with tidal waves and differences are noted. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Progression from Classical to Quantum Mechanics

    A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the progression from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics. This paper begins with the developments of Max Planck and considers a number of major theories, including Einstein's theory of relativity, and their application for quantum theory. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Time Travel: Possibilities

    This 8 page paper examines various sources that discuss the possibility of time travel, and concludes that while it is unlikely, it is impossible to say definitively that it will never be possible to travel in time. Because we cannot say “no” in all cases, we have to leave the possibility open and say that yes, time travel might be possible, though not for a very long time and then probably with technology we cannot currently imagine. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Temperature and Viscosity

    A 4 page overview of the phenomena of viscosity and how it is affected by temperature. This paper provides an elementary review of these basic concepts. The author describes experiments that can be carried out using simple tools and materials found in every home. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Velocity and an Object's Displacement of Position and Traveled Distance

    A 7 page paper that provides an overview of these two elements as they relate to velocity. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

 

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