Friday, July 2, 2010

Science in Music

When science and music combine, a beautiful thing happens. Take a look at these videos, and maybe these songs will teach you a little something about the way the universe works.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN lab over in Europe was finished recently, and physicists think that it will help answer questions about things we don't currently understand in particle physics. What the LHC does (and particle accelerators in general) is get particles, often protons, moving at extremely high speeds with lots of energy. Then they smash them into each other. The protons break apart into a shower of other particles. Physicists examine these other particles to try to determine what the universe is made of.

Learn more specifics of the LHC via rap!

And with this video you can watch They Might Be Giants teach us about the Sun.

For more calculus-based fun, check out the Gauss's Law Song. Gauss's Law is a law describing how electric charge is related to electric field. In the Gauss's Law Song, physics professor Walter F. Smith explains how to do some of the math behind the law. Many more physics songs can be found at his website.

Lastly, this cute little cartoon tells us the seven things necessary for something to be alive.

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