ELECTRICITY, How the F*** does it work?!

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    Jul 08, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    This just in! ICP (Insane Clown Posers) graduated from Bob Jones University

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/frickin_electricity_how_does_i.php

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    Jul 08, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    That shirt dress is fierce in its own right, but why is a boy in a wig wearing it...
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    Jul 08, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Electricity is energy. It works by being all energetic and stuff.
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    Jul 08, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    It's true; we don;t know what electricity "is."

    We don't know what "energy" is either, for that matter.
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    Jul 08, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidThat shirt dress is fierce in its own right, but why is a boy in a wig wearing it...


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    Jul 08, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    Well, it's just like being gay. You have two polls. One is positive, or the "top." And you have the negative, or the "bottom."

    Put the two together, and you've got a lot of friction, which we know creates energy.

    And then they lived happily ever after. The end.
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    Jul 08, 2010 9:47 PM GMT
    Heeeeeeey...why the 'bottom' always has to be the negative one...
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    Jul 08, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    The reason a boy in a wig is wearing the shirt is because he's a little FAGGOT.
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    Jul 08, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    They kind of purposely misused the word "Miracle" in that song. But if you understand the statements they usually make with their music, then you recognize what they meant with the (admittedly stupid) things they say in the lyrics. I think the message it has is a good one.. The world is full of amazing things that should simply be appreciated for what they are.

    The SNL skit mocking the song was friggin hilarious though.

    Any other ninjas on RJ got anything to say?
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    Jul 08, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    JackJrzy saidIt's true; we don;t know what electricity "is."

    We don't know what "energy" is either, for that matter.


    I've always thought these were pretty well understood concepts.

    Electricity is moving charge. Usually, that means electrons are sliding around in a material. In metals, this works a lot like a gas--pressurize one end of a hose, and all the air rushes towards the other end and blows out. You can use moving charge to do work.

    Energy is a little more complicated, but basically you can say that it's a conserved quantity in all physical interactions. There are various rules about how energy can be transformed (for example, a rock hitting the earth converts kinetic energy in the rock to vibrations in the soil and air; an electron and positron may convert to a photon with equivalent energy), but the energy of a system is always constant.

    The deeper interpretation of energy is derived from Noether's theorem, which basically says that for every symmetry there is a conserved quantity. The fact that the laws of physics are the same from moment to moment implies that *something* is conserved in physical systems, and we define that quantity to be energy.
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    Jul 08, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
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    Jul 08, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Ask Nicola Tesla. Without him, we'd be using Direct Current and would have a DC generator every 500 feet or so.

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/electricity5.htm
  • Webster666

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    Jul 08, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    I don't understand how or why electricity works.
    Nor, do I understand the telephone, CD player, TV, computer, or any other technological gadget.
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    Jul 08, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    onethirtyseven said
    JackJrzy saidIt's true; we don;t know what electricity "is."

    We don't know what "energy" is either, for that matter.


    I've always thought these were pretty well understood concepts.

    Electricity is moving charge. Usually, that means electrons are sliding around in a material. In metals, this works a lot like a gas--pressurize one end of a hose, and all the air rushes towards the other end and blows out. You can use moving charge to do work.

    Energy is a little more complicated, but basically you can say that it's a conserved quantity in all physical interactions. There are various rules about how energy can be transformed (for example, a rock hitting the earth converts kinetic energy in the rock to vibrations in the soil and air; an electron and positron may convert to a photon with equivalent energy), but the energy of a system is always constant.

    The deeper interpretation of energy is derived from Noether's theorem, which basically says that for every symmetry there is a conserved quantity. The fact that the laws of physics are the same from moment to moment implies that *something* is conserved in physical systems, and we define that quantity to be energy.


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  • LJay

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    Jul 08, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    I dunno.

    I'm still working on the thermos bottle.
  • Thomas757

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    Jul 08, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    I push the button...
    It does what it's supposed to.
    If not, it goes to the technician, or trash...depending on what it is.
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    Jul 09, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    EricLA saidWell, it's just like being gay. You have two polls. One is positive, or the "top." And you have the negative, or the "bottom."

    Put the two together, and you've got a lot of friction, which we know creates energy.

    And then they lived happily ever after. The end.


    Maybe if you are prescribed to a paradigm that requires some guy to bottom and some guy to top to have an intimate relationship. Otherwise, or as is my case, nope. icon_neutral.gif

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    Jul 09, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    That was the most hilarious piece of religious crap I have read recently lol. I think his article is spot on. I'd like to add that there should be a law regarding the distribution of such false science material... that's just the chemistry teacher in me icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 09, 2010 12:45 AM GMT
    We have theories to describe electricity and its behaviors, but the definitions aren't any less self-referential than definitions of time, matter, energy, gravity, etc.

    Example:
    Electricity: a flow of electric charge.
    Electric charge: a force, positive or negative, experienced near something electrically charged.

    I understand all of the words, how it's measured, what part of the atoms have charges, what percentages, etc. But other than saying like charges repel and opposite charges attract, no satisfactory description--as in, those not self-referencing--has ever been posited. Thus, I don't know what electricity is.
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    Jul 09, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
    ask bisexuals, they're ac dc .
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  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 09, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    Electrons get excited and produce a charge. Sounds familiar bois? Science isn't so complicated. Not as complicated as dating a bi guy. Go to Wiki and search "electricity."
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    Jul 09, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    cold saidWhat an embarrassment. Is this serious? Can Universities teach this??

    As onethirtyseven said, electricity is about the flow of electrons through a conductor BUT it can also be generated by ions (positively or negatively charged particles) in an electrolyte.


    Its Bob Jones University, they printed this book for "schools" and homeschooling.

    Bob Jones University is if I'm not mistaken the BIGGEST Christian university in the country.
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    Jul 09, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidWe have theories to describe electricity and its behaviors, but the definitions aren't any less self-referential than definitions of time, matter, energy, gravity, etc.

    Example:
    Electricity: a flow of electric charge.
    Electric charge: a force, positive or negative, experienced near something electrically charged.

    I understand all of the words, how it's measured, what part of the atoms have charges, what percentages, etc. But other than saying like charges repel and opposite charges attract, no satisfactory description--as in, those not self-referencing--has ever been posited. Thus, I don't know what electricity is.


    True, we can go all Kant and/or Hegel with it.

    If we want to go down this road, let's just say that we don't know what anything "is." Hell, that's Foucault.
  • EricLA

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    Jul 09, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    MixedHead saidHeeeeeeey...why the 'bottom' always has to be the negative one...


    I just figured positive made sense because of the knobby end, and the negative sometimes has an indentation, but I'm happy to flip for you.