Instantaneous Velocity

In the previous section, we discussed speed and velocity, or more specifically, average velocity. This section is an extension of the last, but will be focused on the subject of instantaneous velocity. Instantaneous velocity is defined as the change in position over the change in time for infinitesimally small changes in time. Ok, let’s […]

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Speed and Velocity

In the last article, we walked through position and displacement as they related an example of you and your friends moving through a mall. Since we will continue that example here, it’s best to go back and read the article on displacement if you didn’t already. In this section, we will take the arguments […]

By |October 1st, 2013|Kinematics, Physics|Comments Off


The Beginning of an Adventure
Every journey begins with a single step. Kinematics is this first step. It is the study of motion without consideration of the forces that  cause the motion (taking these forces into account is called “dynamics”). We will have fun with forces later, but for now it is best to look […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Kinematics|Comments Off

Introduction to Physics

I would like to take you on a journey. This journey will carry you through both time and space. It will stretch the bounds of your mind and leave you with a new appreciation for our physical world. This journey is not for the faint of heart. There are many trials and tribulations that […]

By |September 16th, 2013|Physics|Comments Off

Hydrogen Bonding – What holds everything together? Part 4b

This article is the continuation of the secondary bonding section and the conclusion of the “What holds everything together?” series on atomic bonding. To recap the part on van der Waals bonding, I will say that wherever there is a separation of charges, there is the potential for attraction. We saw that this can […]

By |December 11th, 2012|Basics of Materials Science|Comments Off

Van Der Waals Bonding – What holds everything together? Part 4a

The first three parts in this series focused on types of primary atomic bonding; ionic bonding, covalent bonding, and metallic bonding. I decided to split Part 4 into 2 subsections, “a” and “b”. This subsection is all about the first type of secondary bonding, “van der Waals” bonding. While van der Waals bonding is […]

By |December 5th, 2012|Basics of Materials Science|Comments Off

Metallic Bonding – What holds everything together? Part 3

In the previous parts, we looked at the basics of ionic bonding and covalent bonding (click the links to check those out). This section is all about metals and metallic bonding. So let’s dive right in!
Metallic Bonding is Shiny and Cool!
Metals, whether they be pure or alloys (a mixture of more than one element), […]

By |November 22nd, 2012|Basics of Materials Science|Comments Off

Covalent Bonding – What holds everything together? Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I examined the basics of ionic bonding. If you haven’t read that part, or you’re feeling a bit lost in this section, I suggest you read or reread that part because concepts such as electrostatic interaction, overlap. This article will focus on the basics of covalent bonding and […]

By |November 13th, 2012|Basics of Materials Science|Comments Off

Ionic Bonding – What holds everything together? Part 1

What holds everything together?

Super glue?… Duct tape maybe?… Perhaps little elves with disproportionately strong grips?… Well the answer to this question resides in the smallest units of matter, atoms. Before I dive into that topic, I will start by telling you that there are three types of primary bonds; ionic, covalent, and metallic. There […]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Basics of Materials Science|Comments Off

Types of Materials

If you take a look around you right now, you will likely see examples of almost every type of material. The computer you’re looking at, for instance, has a plastic (or polymer) case, metal wires, interconnects, and electromagnetic shields, ceramic memory disks, and semiconductor transistors which, in the CPU of modern computers, have features […]

By |October 23rd, 2012|Basics of Materials Science|0 Comments