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Ahh…this will be a pretty random and incoherent post.  All of that turkey in my system is making me sleeepy. : ]

So during the Black Friday rush, my dad got me a Jabra Bluetooth Headset.  After playing around with it, I started wondering about how this wireless connection is formed in the first place, allowing me to “control” my cell phone/computer/etc. from a distance.  It turns out that data is transmitted via low-power radio waves at a frequency of 2.45 gigahertz. Bluetooth devices send out pretty weak signals of only 1 milliwatt, avoiding interference with other systems like your TV or telephone (we wouldn’t want that happening!)  The low power also explains why the operating range is only up to 33 feet.

I Have a Blue Tooth From Eating Mint Chocolate! xD

Another item of interest to me was how a single Bluetooth headset could connect to several devices at once and still function normally.  One might expect all of those emitted waves in that little bubble with a 33 ft radius to interfere with each other.  However, Blue uses a spread-spectrum frequency hopping technique to minimize such a possibility.  Basically, the device “hops” between 79 randomly selected frequencies in a certain range 1,600 times a second!!  So it is very very unlikely for two devices to have the same frequency at the same time, preventing creation of a new wave pattern from two or more waves.

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!!  If you have some spare time, why not start getting into the holiday spirit and spice up those carols with a bit of physics knowledge? 😀


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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

My mind is currently at rest (meaning velocity=0).  If that’s even possible.

Anyways, to start off…two weeks and one test over. A miniscule speck compared to what’s still up ahead. I am indeed quite nervous about this course in general and all that we have to learn in less than a year. For those who haven’t seen the text version of our “book”, it’s huge. Definitely capable of knocking out someone if I were to toss it off the 21st floor of my building in a moment of frustration. Especially if it accelerates at 9.8m/s^2. So for slow learners like me (I honestly need to stare at a page for ten or so minutes before comprehending anything), the pace could be a bit, well…quick for lack of a better word.

But the course itself is pretty cool and interesting. I love all those programs on the computers and the labs. And in what other course would you be encouraged to write a blog? ^ ^

Ok, so maybe I didn’t start off as strong as I would have liked in Physics. But I definitely see improvement in the near future!

The Turtle Will Triumph!!!  Rawr!!!!!


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