Gravitational Forces

As I was rummaging through some papers and I found a great article I wrote my Junior year of high school. It was covering how gravity affects different sized masses. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I set up your basic run of the mill implicit function with three unknown variables. The equations I formulated were very, primitive. Looking back on the paper, There are so many places I can simplify the equations with simple integrals and derivatives. I titled this paper, “Gravitational Forces.” This was my first piece of work I’ve really been proud of. I took a concept of gravitational forces of planet sized bodies and derived an equation that would solve for acceleration’s “constant” for three or more objects moving together. I use constant in parenthesis because acceleration due to gravity is not constant, but i doesn’t change at a very fast rate, so we call it constant. Looking at this paper, I can see how people from the past can come up with crazy ideas like calculus. It just takes the imagination to think about something in a different way.

It’s funny to look back on grade school. I was never really challenged in grade school, so I never really applied myself. Heck, I enjoyed Band class, but I never really took it serious. This is a problem I still face today. Physics now is very easy, and I don’t really take it that seriously. The labs are trivial and the basic. In college, I’ve been challenged in some of my classes, but not others. For starters, I’m really digging the neurophysiology course I’m taking this quarter. I’m glad I decided to take it. I’ve always been fascinated with the brain, and this is a two part course on the CNS. Next quarter, I’m looking at taking another group of boring classes. I’m either going to be taking Calc IV or Differential Equations, Circuits I, Physics II, and neurophysiology II (the only one I’m excited about). I need to bear with a few more boring classes until I can get to the really fun classes.

For the last two or so months, I’ve been working the day shift at my place of employment. This is something that’s helped me a great deal with my school work. When I was working third shift, I would have such an irregular sleep schedule that I would not be able to sleep for days at a time, and I would then beige sleep for days at a time. This caused me to miss work on a few occasions and caused my school work to suffer. The hour a day commute to work and school was killing me. Switching to days gave me the time I needed to be able to enjoy life and still have time for work and school, even though I’m working more hours than before. I don’t really need to work, but I enjoy the extra money.

I’ve been playing a few games lately to ease the “stress” levels of life. I was never one to really stress over anything, as I’ve always been pretty laid back. What’s the point about getting upset about something? When you’re mad, you can’t think straight. When you can’t think straight, how can you make intelligent, logical decisions? I say this, and I know for a fact that I’ve been angry about things in the past. Things that people have done to me, or things that have been said to me. I get over it, but for that time, I don’t think as logically as I should.

It’s getting to be pretty late. I need to get some sleep. I have an 8:30 class tomorrow.

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