I actively searched for hard and useful classes for most of my time in college. But, I got tired by my final year, and I wanted a break. So I took a “fun” class from the engineering department called “The Physics of Sailing.”
We diagrammed the forces allowing a sailboat to go faster than the wind. We learned how the shape of a boat can make it stable or unstable. I’d already taken more physics than most of my classmates. So, I did well on the homework and assumed I’d be a natural if I ever went sailing. I tested this assumption at the end of the semester when my class went to the small Mascoma Lake to try sailing on a real boat.
Author: Dan Becker