10 October 2014

Boat Project of Physics Class

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(The content of this post happened on June 4th, 2014 PDT)

Hi there! Whether you’re my old reader or this is your first time here, I am glad to see you here! I do know that I haven't been posting for more than three months, which is actually really ridiculous, but now I am back. I just didn't have time to write, that’s all. I really wanted to finish writing all the stories as soon as possible since I might forget what I have experienced in the States. I recently just finished taking a *really hard* midterm exam in my high school in Taiwan, that’s why I am feeling kinda relaxed right now and has a little bit of time now to write. So anyway, I'm back, and I promise that I will finish writing all the stories I have to write. (By “stories I have to write”, I mean stories about everything I experienced in the United States, including the round-California family trip. :D )

Cover Photo.

During my last month of exchange year in the U.S., I have done various of projects for different subjects. One of them is the Boat Project for physics class. Each trimester, students of Physics 2 class will have to do this project, yet it might be the most fun thing to do in this class throughout the trimester!

3 people will be grouped into a group to do this project. What we have to do is to make our very-own boat all by ourselves and eventually put it into water and one person will have to sit in it to see if it floats. From designing, assembling, to painting, we have to make this boat literally all by ourselves! So it is a really hard job.  The hardest part of this project might be the designing and calculation part, which we have to design the boat and calculate how high and wide the boat should be in order to not let it sink.

Boat-building in progress! :D

One of my 3 groupmates, Frank, were painting it!

Stayin' after school.

Physics classroom - after school. 

Some small calculations.

My groupmates and I stayed after school for days to make this boat, however, we still couldn't finish it before the due date. We told our teacher, Mr. Hendricks, the situation we're facing and he agreed to let us finish the project a bit later. The good thing is, we still get to see every groups’ boat in our class to be put into the swimming pool. Every groups needs one person to sit in the boat and the row the boat to the finish line. The group that make it to the finish line will, of course, get an A on this project. However, since they're all hand-made boats, most of the boats sinks the second when people sit in. It’s actually pretty fun to see most of them sinks and only a few of them actually floats and made it to the finish line.

Getting ready to go to the pool.

Going to the pool.

At the swimming pool!

Oh yeah going into water!

No!! It sinked!

Heading back to classroom.

Although we finish our boat late, we still have to put it into swimming pool and see if it floats. Mr. Hendricks took us to the pool a day after school and test the boat. I volunteered to be the person who sits in the boat and row the boat. As the result, our boat turned out to be pretty okay, not good, but okay. We didn't made it to the finish line but halfway through, I am all wet when the boat broke, but it sure was fun to “test it out” by myself.

Here is a video of the Physics Boat Project: (Produced by Del Norte Network)

Physics are fun, and I loved it!


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