Explain a Principle of Physics in a Pair of Limericks

Two limericks to explain… Newton’s Second Law? Thermodynamics? Momentum? Conservation of Energy? Do you really need to look up the formula for a limerick?

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limerick for inertia

Written by nina baker on July 16, 2014 5:04 pm
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Newton’s First Law has uses beyond physics, you see –
it holds that if a thing is in motion, it will thus continue to be –
unless an object external –
exerts a force infernal –
in which case the motion will no longer be.

Think of a football, kicked hard by the Brazilian side.
Surely you can see it travelling far and wide?
And yet – it is halted
by a man who has assaulted
it with a force – thus changing its tide.


Newton’s First Law of Motion: The Law of Intertia

Written by Robyn Cashmore on July 13, 2014 2:47 pm
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Law of Inertia Part I

An object at rest will remain at rest.
A notion I wanted to put to the test.
I sat down one day,
And there I still stay,
To inertia I quite acquiesced.

Law of Inertia Part 2

An object in motion continues in motion.
I’ve always found this a sensible notion.
I would test this too,
To see if it’s true,
But to inertia part 1 I have total devotion


Einstein’s Manatee

Written by Cris Crissman / Cris2B Twitter on July 12, 2014 11:54 pm
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Einstein’s dreams gave him insomnia
They were not in color but sepia

As great artists must suffer
Great scientists get tougher

So it all came together in Philadelphia.

If electromagnetic radiation and gravity
make space-time travel a reality

Then we can time jump
And land with a bump

As long as our body parts don’t end up on a manatee.


Ohm’s Law

Written by dradoye on July 12, 2014 11:27 pm
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I must equal V over R.
The electric must travel afar.
We follow Ohms Law;
solve without flaw.
With Georg’s help nothing bizzare,
And then the house we won’t char.

I used http://www.rhymes.net/rhyme/are for help!


Heisenberg and Shrödinger

Written by @aforgrave on July 12, 2014 4:48 pm
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That ol’ Heisenberg caused a commotion,
When stopped by police for his motion.
“My Speed? Don’t know that,
But I know where I’m at!
And you’ve raised a most intresting notion!”

At night Schrödinger woke in a sweat,
From a dream ’bout his Cat, all upset.
Is it living or dead?
Oh my face will be red!
I ain’t put it inside the box yet!


Law of conservation of energy

Written by Randi Crabbe on July 12, 2014 1:14 pm
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It states that the total energy cannot change,
its conserved over time, how strange.
it can change form
never reborn,
then converted to kinetic energy for exchange

But beware for it has one important consequence
one that will leave you feeling not so confident
unlimited amount of energy
will never happen, its a penalty
So this might just be a bunch of silly nonsense


Newton’s Law of Momentum

Written by @cookie9392 on July 12, 2014 11:24 am
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Newton’s Law of momentum or just call it motion
Consists of three laws, but don’t let them cause commotion
The first law is an object remains at rest or moves at a constant velocity
While the second deals with vectors, an unusual monstrosity
Finally the third deals with equal force so remember that notion

Just remember that Newton’s laws were not always great
In 1750 Leonhard Euler made some changes that made them straight
From those changes came mathematical formulas for each
But if I tried to explain the math, I would be embarrassed by my speech
If you want to know more go to Wikipedia, don’t wait


Learning Physics the Hard Way

Written by @iamTalkyTina on July 12, 2014 5:36 am
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That Erich, he was a bad papa,
With his yelling’ and shoutin’ improppa.
He cut me and squished me,
Tried to burn me and ditch me.
Despite all our pleas, he don’t stoppa.

With my Friend Christie cryin’ and ballin’,
In the late night that Erich came callin’.
But he tumbled and tripped,
Summersaulted and flipped.
Them stairs stopped him dead with that fallin’.