It appears the Quiz Team is suffering from a bit of miscommunication. We haven’t participated in a Quiz Team match since the mixup with Moeller nearly a month ago. The combination of delays, power shortages (with the accompanying rations), and cancellations have rendered us a little rusty.
Which is why Mr. Hussong is for once thinking of holding a study session with us. Those in the know definitely know that this is a break from standard procedure.
For the past century (or for however long Quiz Team has been competing), preparing for the matches has consisted solely of lightening round free-for-all practices.
Now there’s actually talk about studying the art packets. Don’t get me wrong: we’ve always received our fair share of study material, but we never actually got together to review it.
But I guess it’s long overdue: one month ago Tuesday the Varsity team was defeated by Moeller, a sad event that I could have singlehandedly salvaged – or something like that.
And tomorrow, we compete against two schools: Fenwick and Elder. We aren’t particularly worried about the former, but we were once nearly beaten by the latter – it wasn’t fair I tell you!
Well, we had a scrimage today (another new sight this year). Work is not force times distance. It’s force times displacement.
(Sorry, you can only see the above correctly if you use Mozilla or Firefox, or if you have a special plugin installed. It’s MathML.)
It makes a big difference when you’re talking about circular motion – just ask my physics teacher; he’ll chide you for that, just watch.
Anyhow, the question asked us to recite the formula for mechanical work. I stated quite confidently, “work equals force times displacement,” at which Mr. Hussong, not being well-versed in mechanics and kinematics, replied “No.”
The answer book said “distance” for some reason. Oh well, no one’s perfect. Gotta study…