The Physics of the Roadrunner

I’ve used the Physics of the Roadrunner and the Coyote as an introduction to Physics several times in the past.  I think it helps the kids realize that physics doesn’t have to be scary, and that they already innately have an understanding  of the topic.

Up to this point I’ve always used the power point created by Dan Burns (last image).

But every time our IT department burps every computer in the district gets fubared.  So I decided to update it a little bit and make a Prezi out of it.  Longest part was downloading all the videos from his site and then uploading them to YouTube.

I’m still in the process of writing out my notes for each slide, but thought I’d post this up now in case anyone else wanted to use it early in the semester.

The Physics of the Roadrunner Prezi

Physics First Day Activity

Instead of going over the syllabus or setting the rules or all that other nonsense that usually goes on during day one, I made a presentation and we had a group discussion on how their model of their universe was flawed.

It went freakishly well.

Here’s the presentation I used.

For their exit pass I had them write down at least one thing they’d learned in class.  No one listed less than 2 things.


Sids Diner

Without a doubt, this is the best hamburger I’ve ever had.

Everything was perfect.

The fries complemented the burger.  The condiments on the burger were freakishly good.  The burger itself… The onions infused into the burger had caramelized and begun to char giving the burger an almost earthy element.


Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Mustard

Fat Guys Burgers

After having several friends recommend Fat Guy Burgers to me and after seeing the 4.7 out of 5.0 rating on Google Reviews I was REALLY excited to try one of their burgers.

I was really disappointed.  This was not a Top 5 burger.  I don’t think I’m fancy enough to describe flavor palettes, but…  There just wasn’t a whole lot of flavor in the burger.  The fries tasted like they had been drenched in Tony Chachere’s.  The fries overpowered any taste the burger might have.

I just wasn’t impressed.  Especially considering the price.  Over $12 for a simple order of a burger, fries, and a drink.

Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Mustard

Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Mustard