Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Physics of Jack O'Lanterns


Here are some pumpkins that we carved last Halloween. 

This would make an awesome cover for The Physics Teacher magazine, am I right?

I am particularly proud of the Planck’s formula pumpkin, E=hv  which I carved, because at the time I was studying the history of Planck’s constant, h. This seems to be the same h in the formula for a derivative with lim h->0 . It is appropriate that this equation appears in the positive space of a pumpkin, because it is the formula for the energy quantization of light.

I hope this physics-themed pumpkin brings a smile to the faces of all you physics teachers and friends
 out there this Halloween!!

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