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No. 564: "First, draw a free body diagram. Second, the Picard manoeuvre."

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Strip by: Conor

Caption: My fantasies before studying physics
{The bridge of a space vessel. One male human and two alien beings sit in chairs.}
Officer: Captain! We're under attack!
Captain {panicking}: AAAH! AAAAAH! AAAH!

Caption: My fantasies after studying physics
Officer: Captain! We're under attack! The ship is shaped like an infinitely thin elliptical ring with an eccentricity of 0.27182, whose gravitatio-
Captain {interrupting, with a harried expression}: Fire a plasma burst, then evasive maneuvers while we ready the space marines.

The author writes:

While I might not have done my homework diligently enough during my undergrad physics classes to remember how to solve this sort of problem, I sure did play a lot of sci-fi video games instead!

Original Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip: 2013-03-11.