So, thanks to my manager, Mark Saffian, I’ve gotten to meet a number of popular nerdcore rappers. In particular, MC Lars, YTCracker, MC Frontalot, and the less well known but still awesome Random.
Then, we started doing SMBC Theater, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to try it out myself. I wrote a little bit, which is pasted below. It isn’t quite complete, in that it still needs the wave-particle chunk. It never got past the planning stage because we decided the lyrics were too nerdy even for SMBC Theater.
It’s been a while since I played with this, but I believe it’s a very simple proof of how gamma works, which I wrote after first being introduced to a mathematical treatment of the basics of relativity. (Warning: Contains profanity and math).
Physics Rap Notes and Lyrics
1) Setup chatter
2) Singing of sound we’ll have for bridges (maybe Schrodinger equation?)
3) 1st professor raps about relativity
4) Repeat of two. Added to that, 1st professor turns it over to second professor
5) 2nd professor raps about wave-particle duality
6) Repeat of four, but 2nd prof turns over to 3rd prof
7) Wind down chatter, end
Room full of sophomore physics students. One student in the front row brags out how knowledgeable he is.
At the front of the classroom, Professor paces back and forth, smiling. At the two corners of the room are two grad student TAs. All three watch the braggart student.
The student says something particularly obnoxious about how MOST PEOPLE don’t understand physics concepts that affect their daily lives.
Professor looks to Grad 1, who nods. Professor looks to Grad 2, who nods. Professor approaches student’s desk. Student realizes he’s being looked it. Professor tilts his head back and widens his eyes, intensely staring at Student, as we hear a female voice sings out:”Del squared psi equals Hamiltonian psi.”
Lyrics for first professor:
(NOTE: I provide a few visual notes, but for the music video, there will be sight gags for pretty much every line)
YOUR BRAIN IS SHIT,
so I’m about to murder it
By saying lightspeed in constant to all who observe it
If all viewers have rules we assume are the same
Then your senses depend upon your reference frame
So what you see… and what I see
Will be different ’cause your slow velocity.
Oh, your defense is, your common senses?
Well what I’ve said has been tested and has consequences
Both TAs: BITCH!
(Note, the next several lines will have a diagram in the video, for clarity)
Let us say that I’m moving and that you are not
I go smooth and to prove this I’ve got on the spot
A series of mirrors and we both carry clocks
We define the change in time that you, at rest, see
As delta tee prime is two d over c
I leave from your frame, we’ll call it O prime
As I reach my new speed, I’m gonna pull out my nine (he’ll pull out a 9mm laser)
And the line of the beam is unlike that of us,
We account with a shout out to Pythagorus
(The TAs now join the professor)
C squared delta tee over two squared, don’t you see, square?
Equals v delta tee over two squared plus d squared
Solve delta tee, little bitch, how I get shorties all the time
Delta tee fuckin equals gamma delta tee prime!
So when you’re hatin, muthafucka,prognosticatin’ muthafucka,
Your yap flaps so fast, time dilation, muthafucka
If length per second can reckon with the ticking of cesium
Get her v close to c, your girl will think that you’re real hung
You can alter the length you can alter the strength
Of your frequency. Am I wrong, Christian Doppler?
Doppler: NO YOU AIN’T
If frequency changes, then energy too,
And we can rearrange this to put mass in that rule
You’re aware by now where I can go, don’t be scared
Energy equals gamma… (brief pause)
EVERYONE: MC SQUARED
The female voice sings again as the professor, TAs, and characters introduced act like gangstas.
Professor: I call this dance…
The Lorentz transform…
In this dance form…
(He dances poorly, while acting like he’s writing a Lorentz transform with a piece of chalk.)