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J. Pullins, 10% Project, "Physics in Performing Arts"

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My presentation is on physics in the performing arts. I wanted to do something that displays both the power of physics in the modern world, as well as a topic that I'm somewhat interested in.

I wanted to display to the class how one with interests that seem far from the world of physics incorporate physics into their daily lives.

Click below for the presentation!
J. Pullins, Physics 10% Project
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10% Project: Evolution of Birds

For my 10% project, I focused on the evolution of birds. I made a video with Alice showing what a future bird species may look like after evolving to a new environment, compared with species of the past and present. The background includes an exaggeration of a future city after global warming caused water levels to rise worldwide. Modern amenities are included in the video to illustrate the immense size of the animals in question when compared with present objects. I have pictures of past, present, and future birds on a Keynote that compliments my video (seen directly below).

Since the world is gradually warning, I determined that future bird species would be larger than current ones. I came to this conclusion because birds in the tropics (like macaws), tend to be larger than birds native to cooler regions (like robins).

The Alice video is shown below the slides.
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MPyfrom- 10% Project

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For my 10% Project I decided to focus on the theory of Beauty. I became interested when I was watching a special episode on Inside Edition. There was a segment about Beyonce being nominated for World's Most Beautiful Person by People Magazine and many scientists disagreed with that choice. They believed this 18 year old girl in Britian is mathematically more attractive because of her symmetric face. So based off that topic I created a video talking about facts and the story behind it. 
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Henninger, 10% - Dreams

Dream Presentation Notes

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Slide 2:

Ask Class Questions,

Has anyone in this room ever dreamed?

What do you think is happening when you are dreaming?

Have you ever woken up and not remembered your dream?

Slide 3:

Define dreams and basic science

As I'm sure you know, people dream while they're sleeping. But the kind of dream you have depends on what stage of sleep you are in. There are 4 sleep stages, divided into two categories, Rapid Eye Movement and Non-rapid Eye Movement. 

NREM has three sub divisions, Stage N1, Stage N2, and Stage N3. Stage N1 is the lightest stage and occurs when you are just barely unconscious. This is when you may twitch and have dream-like hallucinations. In Stage N2 all conscious of the external world vanishes. In many adults this stage takes up a majority of sleeping time. Stage N3 is when sleep becomes deep and harder to interrupt. Though dreams sometimes occur in these stages, dreams from the REM stage are most likely to be remembered. 

REM sleep accounts for approximately 25% of sleeping time. In this stage, sleep paralysis occurs. Sleep paralysis is needed in this stage because this is when the vivid and memorable dreams occur. 

In one study it was shown that different types of dreams were shown in different sleep stages. People were monitored while sleeping and woken up in different  stages of sleep. When people were woken up from Stage N2 or 3 and given a paper that required them to fill in blanks in sentences, people tended to write words with a positive connotation. When people were awoken in the middle of REM, the words they wrote had a negative connotation. 

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Sleep Paralysis

In REM sleep, you have the most vivd dreams, and to protect your body, your brain causes you to go into a state of paralysis. This natural occurrence only becomes a problem when you wake up while your body is still paralyzed. Sleep paralysis can also be to blame for "alien abductions" due to an acute sense of danger and hallucinations that occur in sleep paralysis. 

Sleep Walking

Sleep walking often occurs during slow wave sleep (stage N3 or N4). Though while sleep walking your eyes are open, you are completely unconscious. Usually sleep walking does not cause any major problems but it can be quite dangerous. People sleepwalking have been known to cook, drive, violent behavior, and in the more extreme cases, homicide. 


Nightmares, in a very basic sense are just dreams with a negative tone. They are dreams that cause fear and sometimes cause people to wake violently. Nightmares sometimes occur due to physical problem, such as an uncomfortable sleeping position, having a fever, or even stress and anxiety.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreams are dream in which the person known they're dreaming but does not wake up. Though sometime people just find themselves in lucid dreams with no preparation, there are many techniques to force a lucid dream. People try to have lucid dreams because it allows the dreamer to do anything they want. It is not quite understood why all dreams are not lucid. 

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Cultural Significance

Common Dreams

There are many dreams that thousands of people have claimed to have, such as teeth falling out, being naked, being chased, fling dreams, falling dreams, and dreams where you are taking a test. 

Dream Interpretation

Though these are not hard facts but for centuries many cultures have used to dreams to forecast the future or give insight about something going on in the person's life currently. Teeth dreams are often associated with anxiety about one's physical appearance. Being spontaneously naked in public while dreaming has been known to mean that you feel vulnerable, shameful, or that you are hiding something that you fear being revealed. There are millions of experiences and objects that can be present in a dream and they can all be interpretted differently. 


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. "Stages of Sleep." WebMD. N.p., n.d. Web. Jun 2012. <>.

. "Content Analysis Explained." Dreamsearch. N.p., n.d. Web. Jun 2012. <>.

Henninger, Dreams
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JAM CooL: E-Textiles 10% Project

For my 10% Project, I created an electronic shirt that lights up when different combinations of the letters are pressed. It is more of a visual project but below I have created a slideshow to document my process. My project was successful since I managed to make my shirt light up in various patterns.

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10% Project- Prisilla Nieves

For my Physics 10% project I decided to investigate why the Gulf of Mexico is a dead zone. On the following presentation, it doesn't only give you the answer to that investigation, but it'll also give you an insight on something else that I myself, thought was interesting.
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Ruben Burenstein 10% Project

My project is about the history of scientific theories. This means that it's about what scientists believed as true over time. The main theories that I'm focusing on are ones there were held to be true, but then discovered to be false. Two very important theories were geocentric theory, and spontaneous generation. I explained how each of these, and 3 more theories were proven false, and how this changed the world. I did this project because I think it's an interesting topic, and think it has to be considered in the future. At the end of the presentation I talk about how this could relate to modern day, and everything that we have learned could be proven wrong.
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10% Project - Physics of Dance

For the 10% project, we had the opportunity to choose a topic of our choice, and then we would present our research. For the project, I decided to focus on the ‘Physics of Dance’. Being that I have a personal connection to dance, it was interesting to learn about how there is physics involved in dance. I never really thought about it until we started the project, and now I have a whole new understanding for it. 

I compiled a little document about some of the important things I learned regarding physics and dance. In the document, you'll learn about balance, rotations, and jumps. Those are some of the main topics I read about, and I think those are a good start for learning. 

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10% project

​I did my project on health and nutrition. It is kind of a way to inform the general public of what they are eating when they buy their favorite cereals or how diet soda isn't actually good for you. I talk about the benefits of whey protein and eating fruits and vegetables. 

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