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Index M - O

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Index M-O

Extended Index

The Flying Circus of Physics,

second edition


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M

Macarney, Scott, ski jump accident, 2.7
Mach bands, 7.25

Maddison, Robbie, vertical motorcycle jump, 1.81
Magic tricks,
        see Pub physics (below)
        coin
               disappearing, 6.84, 6.89
               passing through small opening, 1.246
        Criss Angel
               floating, 1.210
               walking on water, 6.89
        disappearing cigarette, 1.57
        impossible stairway at RIT, 1.258
        lifting a person with fingers, 1.167
        Penn and Teller, road kill, 1.203
        reading through an envelope, 6.86
        toothpick trick, 1.251
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 5.40

Magnet
         breakfast cereal, 5.43, 5.43
         cow, 5.43
         electric guitar, 5.44
         Garfield, bullet search in President, 5.41
         lodestone, 5.38
         tattoo, 5.42
         toy, 5.58
Magnetic field
         archaeology, 5.39
         aurora, 5.46
         diamagnetism, 5.48
         Earth's magnetic field, 5.39
         frog levitation, 5.48
         kiln, 5.39
         MRI complications, 5.40
         red coal fires, 5.51
         sounds, 5.49
Magnus effect (deflection of rotating object by passing air)
         Flettner's ship (propulsion by rotating vertical cylinders), 2.145
         football (soccer) banana kick (curved flight), 2.14, 2.14
         golf ball lift due to rotation, 2.15
         baseball deflections (drop, slider, four-finger fastball), 2.16
         cricket (bounce, swing, reverse swing), 2.17
Mandrill monkey, colors due to surface structures, 6.115

Manet, Edouard, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere optics, 6.75, 6.75
Manhole explosion, 4.109
Map of physics, 1.250
Maps in clouds, 6.20, 6.20

Marangoni effect, flows due to surface tension

         coffee patterns, 2.91
         tears on walls of strong alcohol, 2.88
         wine evaporation pattern, 2.193
Mars
         dust devils, 2.39, 2.39
         razorbacks, 5.53
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
         cartoon, 4.99
         ihtfp, 6.23
         sunbeam along the infinite corridor, 6.23
         water balloon slingshot wars, East Campus Dorm, 4.94
Mass dampers, building oscillations, 1.133, 1.133
Match tricks
       burnt match trick, 4.105
       leaping match, 1.256
       matchstick rocket, 1.168
       rotating matchstick, 5.8
Maxwell’s spot, visual effect, 7.45

Maze, mirror, 6.66, 6.66

Mayan pyramid echo, 3.65, 3.65
McCartney, Paul, possible message in reversed music, 3.86
Meandering rivers, 2.26, 2.26

Meandering thin streams, 2.149

Meat colors,
       cooking, 4.45
       in the store, 6.135

Medical physics
       bacteria, electrically attracted, 5.31, 5.31
       cataracts, Monet, impressionism, 7.10
       colonoscopy, polyp removal with current, 5.26
       current crowding, 5.25
       current through body, 5.23
       electrosurgery, 5.25
       endoscope, 6.87
       esophagoscopy, 6.87
       fires and explosions, 5.26
       gurney fire, due to gurney acting as a capacitor, 5.16, 5.16
       hearing loss, loud noise, 3.30
       Korotkoff sounds (during measuring of blood pressure), 3.49
       magnetic search for bullet in President Garfield, 5.41
       migraine headache phosphenes, 7.7
       MRI, 5.40
       sparking into patient, 5.8
       stethoscope, 3.32
       sword swallower, 6.87
       ventricular fibrillation, electrocution, 5.23
Melon, catching with face (fake video), 2.169
Men in Black, upside down racing, 2.1
Meridian line in Paris church, optics, 6.23
Meringue 
        insulation in baked Alaska and frozen Florida desserts, 4.98
        pie, molecular bonds, air bubbles, water separation, copper bowl, 5.36

Mermaids and mermen, 6.30

Merry-go-round, illusion of centrifugal force, 1.19

Meteor
        bright nights, 6.148
        strike, 1.37, 1.37

Methane explosion, lightning induced deep within a mine, 5.4
Microwave oven, heating in, superheating danger, 4.484.48
Middle Eastern coffee, patterns, 2.91
Migraine induced phosphenes, 7.7
Milk, optical properties
         clear band outlining shallow milk, 6.61
         colors with milk drops in water, 6.111
         kinetic speckle, 6.124
Miller Lite vortex bottle, 2.168
Mines
         abandoned and frost circles on the ground, 4.96
         coal fires, 5.51
         explosion deep within a mine due to lightning, 5.4     

Miniature golf, 1.75

Minnaert, Marcel, 6.50
Mirage
        Fata Morgana, 6.30
        hafgerdinger effect, 6.30
        hillingar effect, 6.30
        Marfa, Texas, 6.30
        oasis, 6.28

        roadway, 6.28, 6.28
        wall mirage, 6.29
        water monsters, mermen, mermaids, 6.30
Mirror
        air-traffic controllers, 6.63
        Archimedes's death ray, 6.81
        Arthur C. Clark football story, referee death by mirrors, 6.82
        breath figures and wetting, 2.92
        car mirrors
               rear-view, 6.73
               side-view blind spot, 6.74, 6.74
        Christmas tree ornaments
               dark triangles, 6.68
               pupil size, reflection effect, 7.28, 7.28
        color rings in foggy mirror, 4.65
        fogging process, 4.65
        headless woman illusion, 6.62
        illumination of town in midwinter darkness, 6.82
        laser shoot-out game, 6.67
        maze, 6.66, 6.66
        mirror effects in art
               Manet's A Bar at the Folies_Bergere, 6.75, 6.75
               renaissance art, possible use, 6.76
               Waterhouse's I Am Half Sick of Shadows , 6.75
        multiple mirrors,
               clothing store arrangement, 6.64
               kaleidoscope, 6.65
               labyrinth or maze, 6.66, 6.66
        one-way, 6.72
        Pepper's ghost illusion, 6.62
        prank, 6.60
        reflection, apparent left-right reversal, 6.60, 6.60
        rotating a curved mirror, 6.152
        space, orbiting mirror to shine on ground, 6.816.82
        stage mirror orientation, 6.61
        wooden, 6.165

Missing-fundamental effect, 3.29
Mist, champagne and soda, 4.24
MIT
         cartoon, 4.99
         IHTFP, 6.23
         sunbeam along the infinite corridor, 6.23
         water balloon slingshot wars, East Campus Dorm, 4.94
MJS, 1.39

Mobile phones
         fire, 5.9, 5.9
         heating popcorn (fake video), 4.101
         inside guitar, 3.94
         lightning, 5.2
Mohole, 1.141
Mohorovicic, A., 1.141
Moire patterns, 7.12
         silk on silk
         fence behind fence
Molenaar, D., draining honey, yogurt, 2.159
Molten lead,
         dreadful swallow, 4.7
         Leidenfrost effects (dipping fingers into molten lead), 4.6, 4.6
               video of me, The Tonight Show
Mona Lisa’s smile, 7.31

Monet, Claude, impressionism, 7.10

Monkey butt, colors due to surface structure, 6.115
Monster, mirage over water, 6.30
Moon (Earth's)
        color,
              blue moon, 6.50, 6.50
              red during lunar eclipse, 6.26
              white appearance instead of true gray, 7.53
        corona (colored bands), 6.47
        earthshine, 6.43, 6.43
        face, we see only one, 1.186

        figure eight trip to the Moon, 1.189
        gravitational pull on Earth, 1.190
        heiligenschein fear by NASA, 6.44
        illusion of size, 7.1
        lunar eclipse, 6.26
        madness, 1.139

        no twinkling like stars, 6.32
        opposition brightening, 6.44
        pillar, light, 6.35
        pull on Earth, 1.190
        seeing dark part, 6.43, 6.43
        tides, 2.33
Moonbow, rainbow in moonlight, 6.2
Moose-car collisions, 1.215
Morning glory climbing a rod by twining, 1.207
Morpho butterfly colors, 6.115

Moth eyes, 6.117, 6.117
Motion illusion, 7.13, 7.13
Motorcycle
         Ball of Death (circus stunt), 1.211
         jumps
                high (Robbie Maddison), 1.81
                long, 1.81
         turning, 1.80
Mount St. Helens, leaping sound waves, 3.18

Mountain
       colors, 6.6

       gravitational pull by Himalayans, 1.192
Mountaineering, 2.169
Mountain shadows, 6.36

Movies and television shows
       2001, A Space Odyssey, vacuum exposure, 4.5, 4.5
       A Christmas Story, tongue frozen on cold pipe, 4.26
       Cosmic Zoom, powers of ten movie, 6.163
       Crocodile Dundee II, bullroarer, 3.81
       Dune, giant sand worms, worm grunting, 1.224
       Goldfinger (James Bond), sucked through airplane window, 2.158
       Groucho walking, 1.259
       Indiana Jones, crystal skull testing, 1.208
       Knight Rider, stunt car driven into moving truck, 1.226
       Men in Black, upside down driving in tunnel,  2.1
       Powers of Ten, 6.163
       The Birds, flocking, 2.166
       The Italian Job (original), bus balanced on cliff edge, 1.216
       The Wizard of Oz, tornado, 2.36
       Yellow Submarine, Blue Meanie illusion of size, 7.22
Mpemba effect (hot water freezing earlier than warm water), 4.12
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), 5.40, 5.40

Mud cracks, 4.68

Mud escape, 2.102
Munch, Edvard
       Girls on the Pier, missing reflection of Moon, 6.61
      
The Scream, sky coloring due to explosion of Krakatoa, 6.8

Muons, cosmic rays and airplane flights, 7.46
Murmuring brooks, 3.45

Museum glass, 6.88
Mushroom catapulting of spores, 2.99
Mushroom cloud, 4.76
Music
      aeolian tones, 3.2
      Blue Man Group, 3.9
      Blue Moon, 6.50
      Blue Oyster Cult, scanning audience with lasers, 6.164
      bottle resonance, 3.41, 3.41
      Chladni singing, 2.141
      Chuck Berry's duck walk, 1.259
      conch shell, 3.36
      corrugated tube, 3.39
      crude noise music, 3.92
      digeridoo, 3.37
      Echo and the Bunneymen, The Killing Moon6.50
      echoes, 3.65, 3.65
      flute, 3.3
      fruit instruments, 3.91
      guitar string
              normal oscillations, 3.33
              video camera inside, 3.94
      harmonic kiss, 3.4
      hearing loss due to loud music, 3.30
      helium singing choir, 3.5
      Hendrix
             amplifier distortion, 5.45
             electric guitar, rewrapping wire in pickup coils, 5.44
      Lone Ranger theme, road noise, 3.86
      retinal detachment, heavy metal head banging, 1.11
      road noise music, 3.88
      Rogers and Hart, Blue Moon, 6.50
      rude noise music, 3.92
      shattering wine glass by singing, 3.44, 3.44
      singing bowls, 2.74
      soprano singing, 3.4
      telephone wire singing in the wind, 3.2, 3.2
      throat singing (overtone singing), 3.6
      vegetable instruments, 3.91
      violin
            bowing, 3.34
            illusion, 3.35
      whistling, 3.3
      wine glass
            musical rubbing, 3.43, 3.43
                 video of me, Cleveland State University           
            shattering by voice, 3.44, 3.44

N

Nacre, peals, iridescent colors from interference, 6.116

Nacreous clouds, 6.144

Nails
      bed of, 1.56, 1.56
      potato cooking, 4.64
Negative lift, race car, 2.1

Negative afterimage, 7.15
Negative pressure, water lifted through trees, 2.136

Negative strike, common lightning strike, 5.4
Neon spreading ilusion, 7.13

Nestea grain behavior, 2.106

Neutron decay, 6.161
Newgrange megalithic mound
      echoes, 3.66
      solstice sunbeam reaching inner chamber, 6.23, 6.23

Newton's cradle toy, chain collisions in adjacent pendulums, 1.42
Newton's first law of motion (man flies through windshield), 1.253
Niagara
Falls, falling over and surviving, 1.195

Night brightness, 6.148

Nimitz Freeway collapse, 2.103, 2.103
Noctilucent clouds (luminous night clouds), 6.59

Noise 
     cocktail party effect, 3.29
     enhancing sound, 3.31

     fingernails on chalkboard, 3.42
            video, demonstration
     hearing loss, 3.30
     jar being filled, frequency shift, 3.46
     neighbors, upstairs, heels on wood floor, 3.68
     road noise turned into music, 3.88
     rude noises (toilet noises), 3.93

Non-Newtonian fluids
     
ballpoint ink, 2.58, 2.58
     butter, 2.58
     cornstarch slurry, 2.58, 2.58
     die swell, 2.58
     ketchup, 2.58
     liquid rope coils, 2.62
     one-coat paint, 2.58
     rod-climbing liquid, 2.61
     silicone putty, 2.58
     Slime, 2.58
     soup reversal after stirring, 2.59
Nose blocking the view, rhino-optical effect, 7.21
Nude in shower optics, 6.88

O

Oasis mirage, 6.28, 6.28
Ocean 
     Bay of Fundy tide, 2.34
     beach, 
          cusps, 2.72
          sand, 2.102
     bow riding by porpoises and dolphins, 2.70, 2.70
     brightness, 6.140
     colors, 6.38
     dead water, 2.35, 2.35
     deep diving ascents, 2.52
     glitter, 6.37, 6.39, 6.140
     iceberg, green, 6.53
     straits, Gibraltar, Messina, Sicily, 2.146 
     submarine, escape from, 2.54
     surfing, 2.69
     tides, 2.33, 2.34
     wakes, ducks and ships, 2.63
     waves,
          diffraction, 2.66, 2.165
          generation, 2.63
          rogue, 2.64, 2.64
     whales and bubble nets, 2.79     
Oil paintings, depth in, 7.14
Oil fire, 4.804.80
Oil
slicks, colors, 6.114

Oil stains on road, 2.151

Oil, calming waves, 2.73, 2.73

Oil, patterns in heated, 2.90

Olive in swirling martini, 2.25

Ommatidia, insect eye facets, 6.117
One-inch punch, 1.45
One-wheel vehicle, stabilized by gyroscope, 1.219
One-way mirrors, 6.72

Op art, 7.13, 7.13

Opals,  colors due to diffraction, 6.95, 6.95

Opal-like coloring of beetle, 6.95
Opposition brightening of the Moon, 6.44

Optically variable graphics in passports and driving licenses, 6.109

Orchard spraying, freeze prevention, 4.15

Orchestra pit acoustics, 3.61

Orifice tone whistling, 3.3
Origami, liquid, 2.170
Ornament reflection
        dark triangle between adjacent reflecting spheres, 6.68
        reflection switches from a point to a line, 7.28, 7.28

Oscillations
        See also Pendulums
        arrow when shot, 1.131
        backpack on bungee cords, 1.196
        baseball bat, 1.23
        bridge
              footbridge, 1.124, 1.124
              Le point de Normandie bridge, 2.129
              London Millennium Bridge, 1.124, 1.124
              Tacoma Narrows bridge, 2.42.4
        building, 1.133, 1.133
        bull riding, 1.92
        car antenna, 1.183
        car on corrugated road, 1.185, 1.185
        chicken-fat oscillator, 2.154
        dance floor, 1.124
        eye oscillations, humming, stroboscopic effects, 7.8, 7.8
        flags, 2.117
        fountains, 2.118
        guitar string
                normal oscillations, 3.33
                video camera inside guitar, distorted oscillations, 3.94
        grain and tall grass, 6.45
        head during building swaying, 1.133

        headbanging, 1.11
        human slingshot (intoxicated SHM), 1.276
        hydraulic oscillator, 2.142
        incense swing, 1.114, 1.114
        loads on long shoulder poles, 1.118
        mass dampers, 1.133, 1.133
        Nimitz Freeway collapse, 2.103, 2.103
        notched rod with rotor, 1.161, 1.161
        pendulum in the pit, Poe, 1.115
        plants, pole across the shoulders,
 1.118, 1.196
        pumping playground swing, 1.113
        salt oscillator, 2.134
        sloshing, 2.67
        springboard in springboard diving, 1.134
        Tibetan singing bowls, 2.74
        tops, 1.104
        trees, 1.132
        Wilberforce pendulum, 1.150
        wobbling coin, 1.110
Ostwald ripening (merging)
        bubbles and foam, 2.77, 4.70
        ice crystals in stored ice cream, 4.41

Otoacoustic emissions, sound emitted by ears, 3.28

Ouzo effect, color shifting of alcoholic drink, pub trick, 6.113, 6.113

Overtone singing (throat singing), 3.6

Oxbow lake, formation by meandering rivers, 2.26

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