"s is one half gt 2"
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer

copyright (c) 1951

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Sung by Lewis M. Branscomb and Munro S. Edmonson, piano by Tom Lehrer. Technical notes on the recording.

Explanation of the physics in this song

Introductory Dialog: (spoken by the "Professor")
Now, with your permission, I'll attempt to summarize the fundamentals that this course has tried to emphasize:

Professor
sung by Lewis M. Branscomb

s is one-half gt 2
PV equals nRT
KE is one half mv 2
and T is 2 pi times the square root of L/g.

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Student (Anthropology major)
sung by Munro S. Edmonson

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I try my level best, and I cram for every test,
And I do all my work without delaying,
I'm certainly not lazy but I think I'll soon go crazy,
'Cause I don't understand a word he's saying.
I hope they overlook this course,
For why I ever took this course,
Will always be a mystery to me.
But still I wish I knew,
Just what the Dean will do,
If I don't get a C.

The force is mass
times acceleration
Yes, the force is the mass
times the acceleration, or
more precisely, the time
derivative of the linear momentum.
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s is one-half gt 2
.
PV equals nRT
.
KE is one half mv 2
.

and T is 2 pi times the square root of L/g.
I think he said the force
I know that word, of course
It's all becoming clear
But it's too late, I fear.
.
There he goes again!
.
I try my level best, and I cram for every test,
And I do all my work without delaying,
I'm certainly not lazy but I think I'll soon go crazy,
'Cause I don't understand a word he's saying.
I hope they overlook this course,
For why I ever took this course,
Will always be a mystery to me.
But still I wish I knew,
Just what the Dean will do,
If I don't get a C.
By g, by g,
Square root of L by g
(Encore: repeat from second verse)
A C, a C
If I don't get a C.
(Encore: repeat from second verse)

 

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