Monday, February 01, 2010

Creating my own nerdy child.

I have had both of these conversations in the past couple weeks.

Landon: Why it so hard to start bike moving?

Me: Well, the coefficient of static friction is higher than the coefficient of rolling friction.

Landon: Oh.


Landon: Why when you turn that corner, I fall over.

Me: Well, some people would tell you it's centrifugal force, but they'd be wrong, because it's technically inertia.

Landon: Inertia?

Me: Well, it's a law of phyics that things in motion tend to stay in motion and things at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force.

Landon: But I not outside.


Hat tip to Mr. Richardson who taught me both of the above concepts in high school. And he probably thought I wasn't paying attention.


Cindy said...

He also knows what a skyscraper is and a water tower! Stop it right now missy :)

kbreints said...

What a smarty pants ;)I understood about every other word, lol!

The Modernish Father said...

Yeah, I found myself explaining special relativity and time dilation to my seven-year old last night. Sometimes it's easier to just say "because that's the way it is."

bernthis said...

are you kidding me? I had to read that first one twice and well, I still don't get it. Ha!

nonsoccermom said...

My eyes totally glaze over whenever TMF starts explaining stuff like that. Probably because I never had Richardson for Physics (I had him for Algebra II, which was not unlike Physics in that I DID. NOT. GET. IT.)

Anonymous said...

This explains some of the conversations that Landon and I have had lately. Except he does the explaining!

Mama said...

Yea! Go Smart Kids! Natalie corrects people who call streets "cement."



yellowsnapper said...

I commend thee! Keep up the good work and maybe he will once again allow you to use butter. ;)

"It's not butter, it is an emulsion of lipids."