Below is a list of blog posts about video games and physics.
Angry Birds Stuff
- How big is the bird in Angry Birds? – I think this was my first Angry Birds post. In this, I show that the bird is indeed projectile motion. Also, the size of the bird (if on Earth) is HUGE.
- What about the launch speed of birds? Does the launch speed depend on launch angle? (technically, it should)
- Is this swinging pig and Angry Birds Valentines correct?
- What happens to the mass of the blue bird when it splits into 3? This is my best Angry Birds posts as it shows the nature of science.
- What happens with the Green Angry Bird (the boomarang type one)?
- What happens with the Yellow Angry Bird? Does it increase in speed? This is another one that’s pretty good – lots of graphs. Hint: the yellow bird has a maximum speed of 30 m/s.
- How do gravitational forces work in Angry Birds Space? This is maybe my second best post on AB. I create a force-based model for birds orbiting masses. It’s great.
- A bouncing bird in Angry Birds – making a model. A particular level has a method to bounce a bird – here is a model.
- Looking at the launch speed vs. angle – second try.
- How fast are the cars in Angry Birds Go? Using angular size to determine position.
- Speaking of Angry Birds Go, what if birds controlled humans on sleds instead of humans controlling birds? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpBnEusqkvM
- How to set up your own experiment in Angry Birds Space.
- A better model (with more data) for the gravitational force in Angry Birds Space. – actually, this is better than the other gravity model. I lied before – sorry.
- Angry Birds Projectile Motion physics homework – this is something you can do on your own (for fun).
- Analyzing Angry Birds is just like a real science experiment – but not as expensive. This is an important post showing the nature of science.
- Measuring the mass of stuff in Bad Piggies – classic experiment with two methods to measure the mass of objects.
- How big are the pigs in Bad Piggies? Hint: they are not the same size as pigs in Angry Birds.
- Analysis of blasters in Angry Birds Star Wars.
- Modeling the motion of an Angry Birds Star Wars blaster with python (VPython).
- Looking at force, mass, and acceleration of cars in Bad Piggies. Bad Piggies is (are) the best.
- The physics of balloons in Bad Piggies.
- Is this a Lagrange point in Angry Birds Space? No – but it’s still cool.
Other Video Games
- Modeling orbits in Space Agency. This is a game sort of like a 2D version of Kerbal Space program.
- Physics of Super Mario Run
- How big are the fruit in Fruit Ninja? Hint: the answer is HUGE.
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
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