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The Flat Earth Academy is currently split across two sites. Sorry. Here are some of the pages at wywtk.com discussing science topics...


Finding your Latitude and Longitude: Yes... you can get them from your smartphone. Where's the challenge in that? Can you get your latitude and longitude using older technologies? Can you do it yourself? Or at least the way it was done before 1970? You might be surprised at some of the incidental new ideas you will come across if you make the effort to really dig into the pages the link takes you to.

Case study in finding longitude myself: It's all very well writing about the theory of things. I gave my ideas a try, and wrote up how I (almost) found my longitude, (almost) by myself, i.e. without using GPS or the internet.

Time: What do we mean by time? How do we measure it? You may think you "know" about time. I dare you to read this page, if so.

Clocks: Measuring time. Make your own clock?

Pendulums: How do Pendulums behave? Experiments with a LONG pendulum.

Making maps

No Google. No GPS.: You will need some help from others to get your latitude and longitude "the old fashioned way". (See above.) But you can make a very respectable map by yourself with just a pizza box, a pencil, a ruler and a big field to map. (If you have two high hills... or buildings... or places on a river bank or shoreline with good views, it is more fun. But start with a big field.)
I call this "making a map". I have to warn you that you make the map one feature at a time. But you get gratification early on. Suppose you are mapping a big rectangular field with a tree in the middle. You measure the distance between two of the corners of the field. You put two dots on a blank piece of paper. That's two features "done"! (The dots stand for the two corners of the field.)
Then you do what the webpage tells you to do, and then you can put a third dot on your "map"... and that will show another "feature". It will show where the tree is. You then repeat what you did for the tree to find where to put the dot for the field's 3rd corner. Do "it" again, and you can add the 4th corner. So far, so dull? But what if I tell you that you only ever need to go to the first and the second corners of the field. Your map, if done carefully, will accurately show you how far the tree is from any of the other features on your map... even though you've never measured those distances in "the real world".

A worked example: You can start with the page I will mention in a moment, but reading the one above is a better starting point. The one above explains the theory. But I also provide a worked example of making your own map by triangulation. Well... of starting a map! (At the end of the example, you have the first three points of what could become a map.)

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