20 Gifs That Teach You Science Concepts In Seconds

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Article by Jolene Creighton

There are a number of collections that are like this—collections that aim to demonstrate science concepts in a way that is easily digestible. Each is unique in its own way, and I really encourage you to spend some time google-ing about and finding all the various lists, as many of them are terribly informative.

Here, full disclosure, I tried to trace down the original source. This means that, if I found something on Reddit, I did a reverse image search to trace down the original creator and original appearance.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the show.

1) THIS IS A REULEAUX TRIANGLE

There are curves of constant width besides circles and spheres. It’s a convex planar shape whose width is the same regardless of the orientation of the curve.REULEAUX TRIANGLE

2) THESE CURVES OF CONSTANT WIDTH CAN DRILL SQUARE HOLES

CURVES OF CONSTANT WIDTH

3) THIS IS WHY PI IS SIGNIFICANT

This animation shows the act of unrolling a circle’s circumference [or trying to], illustrating the ratio π.
WHY PI IS SIGNIFICANT

4) HOW TO MAKE PASCAL’S TRIANGLE

These are used in algebra and probability, where it can be used to find Combinations.
PASCAL’S TRIANGLE

5) THIS IS A MIURA FOLD

It’s a method of folding a flat surface into a smaller size. It consists of tessellated parallelograms and is used in the solar panels of satellites.
MIURA FOLD

6) THIS IS A PARABOLA

If you kick a soccer ball (or shoot an arrow, fire a missile, or throw a stone) it will arc up into the air and come down again…following the path of a parabola!
PARABOLA

7) THIS IS A RADIAN

The radian is the standard unit of angular measure, used in many areas of mathematics.
RADIAN

8) THIS IS A MATRIX TRANSPOSITION

A matrix which is formed by turning all the rows of a given matrix into columns and vice-versa. The transpose of matrix A is written AT
Matrix Transposition

9) THIS IS A SIERPINSKI TRIANGLE

It’s a kind of fractal,  a mathematically generated pattern that can be reproducible at any magnification or reduction.
Sierpinski triangle

10) HERE’S HOW YOU CONVERT CARTESIAN (RECTANGULAR) TO POLAR COORDINATES

CARTESIAN (RECTANGULAR) TO POLAR COORDINATES

11) THIS IS HOW EXTERIOR ANGLES OF POLYGONS WORK

They add up to 360 degrees.
EXTERIOR ANGLES OF POLYGONS

12) THIS IS A HYPERBOLOID MADE UP OF STRAIGHT LINES

HYPERBOLOID MADE UP OF STRAIGHT LINES

13) THIS IS ALSO A HYPERBOLOID OF STRAIGHT LINES

Hyperboloid

14) THIS IS HOW WHITE BLOOD CELLS KEEP YOU SAFE

In the video, a white blood cell chases and engulfs this bacteria–watch until the end!
HOW WHITE BLOOD CELLS KEEP YOU SAFE

15) THIS IS EARTH’S ICE AND VEGETATION CYCLE OVER A YEAR

EARTH’S ICE AND VEGETATION CYCLE OVER A YEAR

16) THERE IS FLAMMABLE MATTER IN SMOKE

Smoke is not just nothingness, obviously. So it can burn.
FLAMMABLE MATTER IN SMOKE

17) THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU SET A FLAMMABLE GAS ON FIRE IN A CONTAINED ENVIRONMENT

FLAMMABLE GAS ON FIRE

18) THIS IS QUANTUM LEVITATION DUE TO VORTEX PINNING

A superconductor levitates over a magnetic track.
QUANTUM LEVITATION DUE TO VORTEX PINNING

19) THIS IS HOW TENSION WORKS IN RELATION TO FALLING OBJECTS

Watch a slinky fall to the Earth; this is how slinkies always fall.
HOW TENSION WORKS IN RELATION TO FALLING OBJECTS

20) NOT ALL GASSES HAVE THE SAME DENSITY

Sulphur hexafluoride is much denser than air.
Sulphur hexaflouride

21) BONUS! AND REMEMBER, ALL THOSE AMAZING ASTRONOMY IMAGES ARE MUCH MORE THAN 2D IMAGES…

The Elephant’s Trunk nebula in 3D.
Elephant’s Trunk nebula


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