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Seniors Head to Disneyland to Learn Physics
Posted 06/08/2017 08:26AM

What is the best way to end an intense 2-year IB course in the practical and theoretical applications of physics? Go to Disneyland, of course! On May 17, after completing their IB exams and before their graduation, SIS seniors who participated in the IB physics course did just that. Though one purpose of the trip was to recuperate from taking almost 20 exams in a 2 1/2 week block, the main reason was to talk about the physics imbedded in each of the attractions. Students and their teacher, Mr. Bywater, stood in lines and generated ideas for questions that could be answered both theoretical and through data acquisition through various attractions. Francesca Tinga said, "It was a great way to end our IB Physics experience! It was so cool seeing how all the things we learned could be applied to real life situations..." They discussed the difference in the polarized lenses used in the 4D attractions Philharmagic and Iron Man, they discussed the mechanics of the Teacups, how they worked and the best ways to distribute mass and generate torque in order to increase angular speed, and even discussed ways to determine the buoyant force on the boat in It's a Small World. The students realized how much they have learned over the last two years, and also how much left there is to learn. Who knew that light could have rotational polarity? Kade Mahler summed it up when he said, "I had a blast with friends applying physics to our fun at Disneyland. From laughing at topics we didn't want to return to, but also realizing how much our knowledge applies in everything we do, the experience was fun and a good way to end our IB experience."

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