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Analysis of the movement of the Do-Nothing Machine

The circumference of an ellipse with a 8″ minor axis and 12″ major axis

This weekend I completed the program to produce data about the do-nothing machine and analyzed the data using a graphing program called Veusz. I answered some of my questions about the motion as well as I found a surprise. There

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Top Dead Center and Singularity

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The Pedal 30 degs off T.D.C.

There is a mathematics term thrown around a lot by the “free energy” people and after the last post about the do-nothing machine, this is probably the best time to deal with it. The term is singularity or as used by them “the singularity point”. According to Wikipedia

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Revisiting the Do-Nothing Machine one more time – The most critical part.

The Working Painted Do-Nothing

During the final final fit of the Do-Nothing Machine I ran into a few more problems. Like always, I eventually worked through the problems and also like always I learned something.

To “honor” the political season getting kicked off this week I decided to paint the Do-Nothing Red White and

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Episode 61 Understanding the Ellipsograph

The standard equation for an ellipse.

Being a nerd is a high price to pay. A simple little toy has lead me into lots of charts and graphs and math and … it goes on and on. There is always more to discover, even about simple things. I want to point out one thing

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Post 58A – Parallelogram Linkage

Back in the day…(that is what us old guys are supposed to say 🙂 ) back in the day when things were much more mechanical oriented there were a lot of very interesting mechanisms. One of the simplest and often used is called a Parallelogram Linkage. A simple drawing of this shown in the first

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Episode 57 – Center of Gravity

The Definitions of Mass, Gravity, and Weight. These terms are loosely used so we need to define them to eliminate confusion.

Mass on earth is equivalent to weight because the Earth has a uniform constant gravitational force. In other words the amount of force the earth pulls on something is proportional to the mass of

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Episode 19 – Fundamentals of Bracing

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In this episode I will show why diagonal braces work and when flexible (i.e. ropes or cables) can be used and when rigid braces work better. These pictures go along with the audio file.

A rectangle without bracing being pushed.

In this picture I use 5 Popsicle sticks connected with push-pins to show the

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Episode 7 – Simple Machines Part 2

This episode is a continuation of the previous episode. In this one we continue to explore the force and distance relationship with three new simple machines: the pulley, the wheel and axle, and the screw.

II also want to take this time to introduce a facebook page for this blog. The facebook page is: Create

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Episode 6 – Simple Machines Part 1

In this episode we will discuss simple machines and the concept trading distance for force to get the same work completed. Work is defined in physics as Force X Distance. Often it is advantageous to use less force over a greater distance to accomplish work that could not be done otherwise. Simple machines are designed

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