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Biomechanics

Thermodynamics

Fluids

Wave Phenomena

Foundations

Individual videos

Angie and the vortex

Bones

Brownian motion

Cantilevers 1

Cantilevers and animals

Center of mass

The click of the click beetle

Density of fluids

The Doppler effect

Energy and work

Falling bodies

Flexural stiffness

Force, work and power

Force, work and power

Forces acting on solids

The frill is gone

Fun with the Young's modulus

Gaia and the Second Law

Gases

Gas thermodynamics

Joints

Keeping a dry leaf

Leaf shape and leaf temperature

Life at low Reynolds number

Light

The maple samara 1

The maple samara 2

Mass and weight

Moments of inertia

Natural sounds

Newton's Laws of Motion

The paradoxical locomotion of the water strider

Optimum walking speed

Physics of rowing

The Reynolds number

The Reynolds number and flow

Rotational motion and angular momentum

SI Units

Solid and fluid materials

Speed of sound

Stress and strain

Synthetic sounds

Torque and angular momentum

Units and dimensions

Unit conversions

Units as an experimental tool

Unit systems

Waves

Why don't trees fall down?

Physics of Life videos - all

Here are links to our various media productions in my course Physics of Life. Videos may be watched on SUNYESFTV's YouTube channel. Downloadable versions are available at SUNY-ESF's iTunesU channel. You are welcome to view or download these, but please just give appropriate credit if you do. Credits are found at the end of each video.

Enjoy!

Biomechanics

Here is a series of videos grouped loosely around the theme of biomechanics.

Physics of rowing

How rowers use momentum to give them the racers edge. Recorded on location at Cambridge University

J S Turner, producer
2010. 8:48.

The click of the click beetle

The surprising physics behind the click of the click beetle. Filmed on location in Namibia.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2011. 13:04.


Why don't trees fall down?

Why dont trees fall down? The answer will surprise you.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 12:06.

Flexural stiffness

How you can combine the Youngs modulus and the Second Moment of Area to design strong light bones and tubes.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 21:22.


Joints

Joints. How theyre built and how they work.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 19:59.

Bones

Measuring the material properties of bones by bending and breaking them in a big machine.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 15:56.


Force, work and power

What they are and how they relate.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 6:34.

Cantilevers 1

They're the basic structural and mechanical elements of animals and plants.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 6:29.


Mass and weight

Mass and weight are two different things. Here's the difference and why.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 22:01.

Rotational motion and angular momentum

Much biological motion is rotational and angular

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
year. 4:05.


Torque and angular momentum

Moments of area and analysis of rotational motion

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 9:19.

Moments of inertia

Centers of mass and moments of inertia

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 9:18.


Center of mass

The concept of the center of mass and its relation to analysis of motion.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 16:34.

Falling bodies

We recreate Galileo's famous experiment with falling bodies. But this time with fruit.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 16:26.


Newton's laws of motion

His three laws of motion explained.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 12:37.

Forces acting on solids

Tension, compression, torsion and torque

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 5:21.


Cantilevers and animals

How cantilevers are actually used in animals.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 8:23.

Stress and strain

What stress and strain are, how they differ and what they mean.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 14:27.


Fun with the Young's modulus

The Young's modulus is a fundamental tool in the analysis of materials. You can do fun thigs with it too.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 23:40.

Solid and fluid materials

The memchanical forces operating on solids compared to fluids.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 18:56.


Optimum walking speed

Physics of Life goes to Namibia to answer a basic question: How fast should animals walk? We use the physics of pendulums to give an answer.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2012. 22:19.


Fluids

This set deals with the Physics of Life module on fluids

Life at low Reynolds number

The strange viscous world of little things that live in ponds.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2011. 15:03.

Angie and the vortex

Swimming, flying and paddling all rely on a common mechanism for generating thrust - imparting momentum to a relatively stationary fluid vortex.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2011. 13:34.


The Reynolds number and flow

A demonstration of flows around simple shapes and the different Reynolds number regimes.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 10:57.

Keeping a dry leaf

How leaves use a trick of surface tension to keep dry even in pouring rain.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 18:58.


The frill is gone

How a basic understanding of fluid flow can tell us something about the biology of long-extinct animals, like the function of the frills of Triceratops.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 7:11.

The maple samara. 1

The flight of the maple samara. Part 1.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 9:19.


The maple samara. 2

The flight of the maple samara. Part II.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 10:23.

The Reynolds number

A brief tutorial on what the Reynolds number is, and how it relates to types of flow.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 17:31.


Density of fluids

Natural convection is driven by differences in fluid density.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 14:12.


Thermodynamics

The thermodynamics of living systems are like those of any physical system, but the phenomenon of life adds some special twists. Here are a few videos that deal with thermodynamics in living systems.

Gas thermodynamics

The behavior of gases was where the elementary principles of thermodynamics were worked out. Here is a basic description, with simulations from NetLogo.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 13:21.

Gases

The basic behavior of gases is explained with NETLogo simulations.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 23:43.


Brownian motion

Brownian motion, what it is, how it works, and why it matters to our understanding of life

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 15:30.

Leaf shape and leaf temperature

How plants use leaf shape to control the temperature of their leaves.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2011. 15:56.


Gaia and the Second Law

Available only on iTunesU

Gaia theory is fundamentally a statement about entropy, life and energy extended to the global scale.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 44:34.


Wave phenomena

A variety of important biological phenomena rely on waves of some sort, either light, sound or other mechanical waves. Here are a few videos that discuss these phenomena.

Waves

Waves, whether electromagnetic or acoustic, have certain common properties. Here is a basic introduction.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 22:44.

Speed of sound

Here we recreate Isaac Newton's famous experiment calculating the speed of sound, and in the very place where Isaac Newton did it: in the cloister of Trinity College. Filmed on location at Cambridge University.

J S Turner, producers
2010. 8:35.


Synthetic sounds

Using a computer to explore the structure of sound.

J S Turner, producers
2010. 8:47.

Natural sounds

Natural sounds have a complex structure. We use musical instruments to explore some of these complexities.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 11:20.


The Doppler effect

How the mighty Kia can be used to demonstrate the behavior of sounds from moving bodies.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2010. 10:21.

The paradoxical locomotion of the water strider

Water striders inhabit the interface between air and water. When they move about, are they swimming or walking? The answer will surprise you

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2011. 17:27.


Light

What light is and its strange duality.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 18:27.


Foundations

There's a little bit of foundational work on units and other basic things that can be useful. Here are some videos for those.

SI Units

SI units are the foundational measurement system in science. Here are some basics on that.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 19:22.

Units as an experimental tool

Units are more than a system of measurements. They can also be a handy reasoning and experimental tool.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 19:40.


Unit conversions

How to easily convert from one unit system to another.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 21:16.

Unit systems

Some fun unit systems.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 14:16.


Units and dimensions

Units describe something fundamentally different from dimensions. Here's the difference.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 16:23.

Force, work and power

Newton's laws relate force work and power in a fundamental and sensible way.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 6:34.


Energy and work

How energy and work relate to one another.

J S Turner and C Baycura, producers
2009. 9:33.


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