ellipsix informatics
2013
Nov
15

## Science comics

When I teach classes, sometimes I like to show a comic at the beginning to lighten the mood a bit, or perhaps keep people from falling asleep quite so easily. So I've been accumulating this list of science-themed comics for a few years now.

# Newtonian mechanics

• XKCD 123: Bond and centrifugal force
• XKCD 135: velociraptor exam
• XKCD 162: angular momentum slowing the planet
• XKCD 226: weightlessness on a swing set
• XKCD 228: resonance in the workplace
• XKCD 332: gyroscopes are weird
• XKCD 353: antigravity in Python
• XKCD 594: period/frequency, and the uterus-hertz
• XKCD 613: physicists not solving the three-body problem
• XKCD 669: frictionless vacuums
• XKCD 755: hitting psychology students with pendulums, interdisciplinary studies
• XKCD 1001: centrifugal force in a bed
• XKCD 1175: relative motion on moving sidewalks
• Abstruse Goose 95: force and The Force
• The mysteriously missing Abstruse Goose 318: projectile motion and rotations (I challenge you to find this one yourself)

# Fluids

• XKCD 969: the wardrobe: pressure, depth, Bernoulli's equation
• XKCD 1119: driving a fan with a wind turbine
• XKCD 1165: flow rate of the Amazon

# Space exploration and orbital mechanics

• XKCD 613: three-body problem
• XKCD 1074: the moon landing and NASA's accomplishments
• XKCD 1091: landing a rover on Mars and it takes pictures
• XKCD 1189: how many times Voyager I has left the solar system
• XKCD 1229: screen saver crashing into a star
• XKCD 1244: it works in Kerbal space program

# Math

• XKCD 435: purity of fields
• XKCD 499: why you have to use a #2 pencil on a test
• XKCD 557: memories of school
• XKCD 608: "Do not write in this space"
• XKCD 759: why showing your work is important, long division
• XKCD 1145: Rayleigh scattering and tricky questions

# Science communication and public relations

• XKCD 242: normal people vs. scientists
• XKCD 298: tesla coil and antigravity, things not making sense
• XKCD 382: practicality, lasers
• XKCD 397: why ideas should be tested by experiment
• XKCD 547: simple phrasing and the importance of being understandable
• XKCD 585: science (sharks)
• XKCD 660: relativity, causality, and sympathy tips for physicists
• XKCD 670: Spinal Tap amps and engineers
• XKCD 793: physicists encountering new fields
• XKCD 799: fallacy of appeal to authority and Stephen Hawking
• Abstruse Goose 307: real uses of Maxwell's equations

# Miscellaneous

Of course there are always more, so I welcome suggested additions in the comments....