GTKY? A true story nontheless
There are some equations you just can't forget.
Groupwork is something you would probably rather not deal with in college, but it's a necessary evil when incoming freshmen are forced to take one natural science course and the lab space doesn't allow people to work alone. (The one common thread to unite lower and higher education systems is that you have to deal with people that you dislike on a fairly regular basis.)
When I was one of said incoming freshmen, on the second week of class we were doing a lab assignment to approximate the gravitational constant, g, by rolling a baseball-sized smooth rubber ball down a ramp angled at 45 degrees.
By slightly manipulating the kinematics equations for a vector, one could approximate the constant.
"..or, we could just write down 9.8 m/sec^2 and be done with it," added unproductive lab partner number one
. "I'm a philosophy
major," he added helpfully
, stretching out the word philosophy
as long as possible, as if the additional length of the word gave his choice of major
"Physics is pretty cool, though, man," my other lab partner said. His bony, pale
fingers curled around the ball as he gripped it on the flameproof tabletop
. His gaze was pensive
and vaguely threatening, as if the fate of the world
rested upon his ability to roll the lime green
ball to its full extent.
I didn't care enough
to intervene, so instead I opted to focus my energy on looking busy
by reading the prelab
"Seriously though - this is bullshit
"I wasn't aware all philosophy majors were so insightful." (with obligatory mocking
emphasis on the word philosophy, of course)
"..kinematics is bullshit," he continued.
Through the corner of my eye, I saw the ball float through the air and interrupt his rant by impacting with his forehead and bouncing unceremoniously
under a stool. There was an awkward pause
as he was cut off mid-sentence
, and the two freshmen looked at each other for a brief moment. The first looked on incredulously
as the second knelt down to retrieve the ball
, before standing back up and stating, "V equals V-O plus A-T
..so can we roll the damn ball now?"
..and we did